As a guy who practically lives in sports gear, I was very interested to test out the new Sundried Olperer T-Shirt and Furgler 2.0 Running Shorts. Before the items arrived and from my prior knowledge and experience of the brand, I was expecting great quality and well-presented pieces of clothing that would be long-lasting and very fit for purpose. So it’s fair to say I was pretty excited to get my hands on the parcel and get my running shoes on!

First impressions are pretty ace. Each item came in a smart zip-up wallet and they certainly gave a good quality feeling. You get the feeling a lot of effort and thought has gone into first impressions and branding at Sundried.

The t-shirt is made from 100% recycled materials including used coffee grounds, which I have to say is quite unique, cool, and very green. As a coffee lover, I was disappointed it didn’t smell of coffee! Joking aside, the material feels great and was very comfortable to wear when out on a run. I tend to sweat a lot when running which makes some fabrics heavy, but wearing this felt light and seemingly very fit for purpose in that respect. The branding is succinct and smart with just a red “SD” at the base of the t-shirt. The colour is nice and I even wear it out and about when I’m not training as it’s quite smart. I’m nearly 2 metres in height and not very wide so it can be hard to find clothes that fit me well, but the Large t-shirt was perfect for me and very comfortable. One other thing that I noticed was lacking, but present in other Sundried tees was the handy zip pocket for your house key, however there is pretty much always space in your shorts for that and on long runs I have my hydration back-pack on anyway for any electronics, keys and nutrition.

Now I mention shorts, I have to say I was very impressed with them. The first thing that struck me was that they are different to conventional running shorts that I own. They’re a bit longer in the leg so perfect for my long legs, have more of a thicker waist line and two deep zip pockets.  Like the t-shirt, they don’t get heavy with sweat and have a free and light feel about them. They have a casual and smart feel to them and again are dual-purpose in that you could easily wear them walking round town doing your shopping as well as for training in.

I view Sundried as a brand which really does think of what is useful for anyone who is an active person and design products with the user in mind. The effort in design certainly comes across in the final product which I am a big fan of. As someone who has experience in triathlon and duathlon as well as running, I’ve worn a range of different brands and not many compare with what Sundried offer. I’m a big advocate!

About the author: Alister Brown is an avid runner and represents Great Britain as an age group duathlete.

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