So much of today’s men’s activewear is abysmal when it comes to appearance. Cheap cuts and even cheaper fabric have relegated men’s gym wear into the realm of fashion’s ugly step-sister. But fear not, designers are now taking the time to blend functionality and fashion-forwardness. Let our men’s activewear review upgrade your gear with these six stylish pieces that won’t be a weight on your wallet.
Nike Dri-Fit Heathered T-Shirt, $26.50
Ditch your plain white tee for this activewear upgrade. Made with Nike’s own Dri-FIT, sweat-wicking fabric that keeps you cool while you conquer the concrete. With a gorgeous heathered pattern and a wide selection of hues, this workout shirt should be a given in any gym bag.
UnderArmour CoolSwitch Compression Men’s Running Baselayer Shorts, $54.99
No man enjoys his junk swinging around his trunk. UnderArmour’s Coolswitch Baselayer Shorts keep your nethers cool all while holding your family jewels firmly in place. Slap these on under your shorts and take to the track, free of life’s uncomfortable jumbles.
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GAP Soft Brushed Jersey Hoodie, $54.95
Don’t let a little summer wind or rain dampen your efforts to get swoll. Cut from breathable brushed jersey made with moisture-wicking technology and designed with thoughtful thumb-holes and nearly no-feel seams, this hoodie from GAP is a perfect outer layer for outdoor late-evening exercise.
Old Navy Active 9” Active Run Short, $19.94
The Manual’s Editor-in-Chief took these bad boys to yoga and couldn’t stop singing their praises. Featuring side vents along the legs and a stretchy outer-shell, these Active Run shorts definitely held their own during a few downward dogs. And pockets—a rarity in running shorts—let you keep your keys and credit card at the ready for that post-workout refuel.
Iffley Road Running Vest, $55.98
No neon here! This sweat-wicking running vest by Iffley Road will put your shapeless tanks to shame. Constructed of bespoke Dri-release fabric with a cut designed for freedom of movement, Iffley Road’s running vest is both comfortable and durable. With a sporty but subdued look, this vest is so stylish you’ll think it’s street wear.
Silvertech No-Show Socks by Rhone, $14/pair
Sweat-soaked and smelly socks have no place in a gentleman’s gym bag. Rhone’s Silvertech no-show socks, made with a silver-threaded fabric, claim to oust odors without washing. But please, wash them anyway.