New figures from the latest Sport England’s Active People Survey show that 15.83 million people over the age of 16 in England played sport in the 12 months leading up to April 2016, an increase of 340,000 on the previous year. The report also notes that an incredible one million more people are running compared to ten years ago. We’ve gathered together the latest performancewear to help you tap into this fast growing market
New this year from Fruit of the Loom is the Lady-Fit Active Performance Vest (61-418- 0, men’s style also available). The vest is part of the Fruit Active Performance range, which offers quick-drying, moisture-wicking garments such as T-shirts, shorts and polo shirt. Made from technical fabrics, they are ideal for gym goers and sporty types. The Active Performance products can all be teamed with Fruit’s range of Sweats, which offer a range of styles as well as three fabric choices: Classic, Premium and Lightweight.
Chadwick Textiles reports that one of its best-sellers is the Women’s Power-Stretch Legging (799). It is made from a 240 gsm, high density, technical, polyester/nylon/Spandex fabric, and the brand says “this great fitting garment competes with similar specialist branded garments at twice the price.” It has contoured, flatlock seams and offers moisture control along with thermal balance. Chadwick Textiles also offers a range of base layer and technical T-shirt products, and notes that its lightweight, warm 1/4 Zip Pro MidLayer (812) is “fast becoming a must-have garment for your locker”.
The Girlie Cool 1/2 Zip Sweat (JC036, men’s style JC031) is a great addition to any activewear wardrobe. It features a 1/2 zip, stand-up collar for warmth and a raglan sleeve design for ease of movement. The men’s and women’s styles come in a choice of five contrast colourways, including jet black/fire red. Also recommended by Just Cool by AWDis are its Cool T (JC001) and Girlie Cool T (JC005), which are made from AWDis’ own Neoteric fabric with inherent wickability, and the Men’s Cool Sports Legging (JC083) and Girlie Cool Capri (JC086).
“Gamegear’s 100% polyester mesh sports vests (KK973 for men and KK963 for women) boast a contemporary design as well as providing excellent comfort and versatility across sporting disciplines,” reports Kustom Kit. Both garments feature Cooltex material to wick moisture away from the skin, feature a curved back hem for enhanced coverage at the back and have either a white or black base with contrast side panels in striking colours such as electric blue. They can be decorated in a number of ways, including sublimation, heat transfer and embroidery.
“No matter if you swap outdoor runs with the treadmill or just keep lifting weights, the Stedman Active Sports Top is a perfect match,” says the brand. The men’s Active Sports Top (ST8010) and women’s style (ST8110) are made from a tight-knit interlock fabric for great moisture control. The Active-Dry polyester is soft and durable (as well as very elastic, says Stedman), and its smooth surface is ideal for printing. “With a fitted cut and strong colours, it combines all the functional features you’d expect from good sportswear – keep looking good while working out,” adds the brand.
PenCarrie offers a wide range of fitness and performancewear garments from brands such as Spiro, Sol’s, Just Cool by AWDis and Tombo. It highlights the new-for-2016 Spiro Ladies Impact Softex Fitness Top (SR281F), which is made from a quick-dry, breathable fabric, which is carbon-brushed for peached softness. It has a racerback and comes in seven colours. Also flagged up by PenCarrie is the breathable, textured Sol’s Sporty Performance T-Shirt (11939), and the AWDis Just Cool Gym Bag (JC098), which comes in a choice of seven colours.
In 2017, TriDri – which Ralawise hails as being “your go-to sports brand that will stylishly get you from start to finish quickly” – will introduce 15 new styles along with a variety of new colourways, including on-trend camo. The lightweight and breathable garments in the range, such as vest tops, fitness leggings, polos and softshells, feature technical wicking fabrics and strategically placed mesh panels to ensure wearers remain cool however strenuous the workout. Included in the range is the Women’s Panelled TriDri Tech Tee (TR021, men’s style TR011), which has mesh underarms and a full mesh back for ventilation.
Gazelle Sports’s Running Tops, available in men’s and women’s styles, are made from 100% polyester and feature CoolDry technology to keep wearers cool and comfortable. The tops have crew necks, raglan sleeves and flatlock stitching on the seams to prevent rubbing. The men’s style has been generously cut for comfort, while the women’s top has shaped lady-fit styling with a slightly longer back. Both styles have mesh side panels for extra breathability and are available in seven colours.