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Run Oregon’s reviews of Atayne Fitness Apparel (Includes Giveaway info!)

One with People
  • Provide employees with a world-class work environment
  • Partner with like-minded business partners
  • Avoid harmful chemicals and materials
  • Provide support to the local and global community
One with Planet
  • Operate under a model that reduces energy, water, harmful chemicals, emissions, and waste (industrial and consumer)
  • Eliminate the use of virgin, synthetic materials
  • Support efforts to combat climate change and promote environmental preservation

One with Performance

  • Design products that help users perform at their best
  • Make a healthy profit
  • Drive positive change in the industry
This is pulled directly from the Atayne website and really highlights perfectly what their clothing is all about. Run Oregon bloggers checked out a few styles and designs and gave their impressions below. We all agreed that there were some cool things about the company in general. All of their clothing is made from 100% recycled polyester and everything is made to order, retailing from about $30 -$45, depending on style and type.

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Matt (retail $44.99): I chose the style and color of shirt on sheer visual wow-factor alone. I typically am pretty “bland” when it comes to my business, casual, and running wardrobes (i.e. lots of greys and blues). This style just hit me right away with it’s bright color scheme (it also comes in  lime green, sky blue, and granite grey) and unique design. We should all have sometime tie-dye in our wardrobe right?! And how about a tie-dye job that doesn’t look like it was mde by a 5 year old? This shirt does the trick on all accounts.

I was blown away by the quality of the shirt. I love that the shirt was made completely in the US and though it took longer to ship, it was amazing to know that the timeframe was due to the fact that each shirt is made to order. Awesome. The shirt looks great when running and feels as I would expect a tech-shirt to feel. It also has fit well into some casual occasions (i.e. jeans and a shirt) and looks just fine there as well. In just over a month of having this shirt, I have worn it immediately after it has been washed. I love it that much.

 

Kelly wearing her Atayne shirt for a little cross training at ADAPT Training in Beaverton. Photo by Courtney Ratty.

Kelly: When I first looked at the designs I thought, these look nice. And then I actually LOOKED at the designs. The shirt I picked out says, “I run straight but not narrow” on the front and “EQUALITY Don’t run away from the idea” on the back. I liked that the message was not only strong, but a clever play on words that would make you think twice.

While I definitely liked that the shirt’s charcoal lettering matches not only my UO shorts and a pair of capri tights, I liked better the way it make people do a double take. It’s got a good message and a cool design, but more importantly it makes people think. You may not be an activist for gay rights, but just imagine if more runners were openly accepting of people, no matter what? If even one runner felt more supported in the running community because you voiced your opinion, wouldn’t that be pretty spectacular?

I don’t know if there is a lot of prejudice in the running community; I actually think when people are at a race or group run they let go of a lot of their concern for what others think about them and in turn, don’t judge others. It’s running, and we happen to live in an area where runners tend to support each other. But if you wear a shirt with this message to a run, it will be seen by other runners, walkers, cyclists, and the people at Starbucks or Safeway where you stop by for a quick coffee or to pick up milk (again).

Enough editorializing – on to the quality of the shirt. I do like the shirt, but had to get used to the slightly stiffer-than-usual tech material. The fabric feels very smooth – no waffling like many tech shirts – but after a tough ADAPT session I confirmed that the shirt wicks sweat and the smooth fabric actually feels cool to the touch when you’re burning up the pavement. I liked the length of the sleeves, too. Not too short that I experienced upper arm chafing, but short enough that I could hitch them up a little. The length was really good, too; since I feel more confident in looser clothing. I got a women’s XL, which fit me very well (5′ 7″ and a chesty 160#).

MaryAlicia (retail $44.99): Wow! Want to be a little greener and wear cool shirts that have friends, family, and strangers complimenting you on your running gear? Well, I can’t help but gush and recommend Atayne Active apparel. I posted my shirt on Facebook and mentioned I was going for a run. Not only did I get several compliments during my run, but my Facebook post blew up with “I want that shirt!” comments.  My friends did not even know it was super comfortable and made from 100% Recycled fabrics!

 Pros:

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Certified free of harmful chemicals
  • Made in the USA start to finish
  • Expresses a positive point of view
  • Progressive & Stylish  designs
  • It is ALSO performance apparel
  • Did not bleed in the wash
  • Variety of colors within a design
  • Tag printed onto shirt avoiding scratchy tags
  • Seem true to size

 Cons:

  • A little spendier, but comparable to similar name brand shirts

This shirt is amazing. A fun and positive message for me, breathes in beating hot sun, and I felt so stylish in my Skirt!  It still looked great after a couple of washings and did not shrink. I am in love. You can even send in an old top and receive $5 off your order. I cannot say enough good things about these shirts. Oh and did I mention the ‘tag’ was printed on to the shirt? *LOVE* I really love them.

Joe (retail $39.99): Atayne’s line of tech running shirts offers a great variety of socially- and environmentally- conscious designs in a number of styles and colors. For my review, I selected a light blue short-sleeved shirt with an “all-over” print of footprints made up of smaller outdoorsy images, with the clever slogan “Run hard, tread lightly”. A single large shoeprint graces the entire left front of the shirt, while a series of bare footprints “strides” up the back.The shirt is really eye-catching, and several people asked me about it when I wore it to a recent group run/scavenger hunt in Washington Park. In the spirit of the event, one woman running behind me even asked if there was a puzzle involved in the design! As far as the shirt’s construction and material, after several wearings everything seems to be of relatively high quality, with solid and attractive stitching. The fit is good, though not especially tailored, and the “tech” fabric is reasonably breathable, although it occasionally stuck slightly to my sweaty chest. It compares well to most tech shirts out there, but what really sets this shirt apart from the pack is the unique graphics and text.

The “Run hard, tread lightly” slogan is available in many different colors and designs, and Atayne also offers a lot of other shirts with different progressive mottos, designs, and color schemes. My Atayne shirt has quickly earned a valued place in my primary running shirt rotation.

Geli (retail $44.99): When I was given the choice of any Atayne shirt, I chose the moss green long sleeve “run hard, tread lightly” because I like the message of enjoying the outdoors while leaving as little impact as possible. My first impression of the shirt was that it felt good, light, silky and comfortable. It has a shinier surface than most other wicking “tech” shirts I have, more like a soccer jersey than a running shirt. This weekend I wore the shirt during two different activities: River rafting and trail hiking.

I was glad to wear the long sleeve quick dry shirt under my life jacket. It worked as a rash guard, sun protection, and kept me warm after getting splashed by the 55° rapids.

The next day, I went on a morning hike around a mountain lake. At 8,000ft, it was a cool 68°, but very sunny. I had hesitated to wear long sleeves to stay cool enough, but even when I followed up the ridge hike with a quick one mile run around the lake, I could feel a slight breeze through the fabric and did not get too hot or felt uncomfortably sweaty.

Overall, I really like this new addition to my active wear attire. Additionally, I like the company’s pledge to use 100% recycled plastic to make their shirts, and the environmental protection themes in their prints.

If you are a race director, they are willing and wanting to expand to the West Coast by providing shirts for your races. And with a tagline like they have, I think they will fit in quite well here in the Pacific NW.

And for our readers – stay tuned to our newsletter (sign up if you haven’t) as we are giving away 2 shirts to lucky winner! SIGN UP NOW! 

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About Matt Rasmussen (1262 Articles)
Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching the Olympics, sampling craft beers, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010. Matt joined the Run Oregon team in October 2011, and since then he has spearheaded the blog’s efforts to cover product reviews, news about businesses related to running, and running events in the Willamette Valley.

1 Comment on Run Oregon’s reviews of Atayne Fitness Apparel (Includes Giveaway info!)

  1. Yes please! I’ll take the one MAV is wearing and the “Run hard tread lightly” in blue, please. 😉

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