Run Oregon sometimes receives products to review. In this post, Run Oregon’s Matt Rasmussen provides some initial impressions of some man-centric gear from Turq Sport and Bedhead Pajamas.
Company: Turq Sport
Active guys get chafed. Whether it’s from wearing unlined board shorts, mesh-lined swim trunks, sweaty workout gear or even rain-soaked hiking shorts, guys had no choice but to be rubbed the wrong way.
Turq has created the ultimate performance sportbrief engineered to keep them safe from chafe. If you’ve ever wondered what to wear under your board shorts, wetsuit, or workout gear – Turq is the answer.
- Renegade ($34 – Also on Amazon)
- Nylon/Poly/Spandex blend
- Camo (brown/green)
- Storm (black)
- Ocean (blue)
I think I am going to get a little bit more back into swimming this summer, and definitely time at the pool. I am not sure if increased time at the pool will lead to another triathlon, but who knows. I do know that I am intrigued to give more usage to Turq Sport – a brand of underwear made to be worn beneath swimsuits and board shorts.
Turq commits to the following in their 4 styles of underwear:
We have done a variety of posts on the qualities of silver–infused gear, and Turq is the lates to adopt this technology. The chlorine-safe and quick drying traits are obviously where these underwear come in handy while training (or relaxing) at the pool, but really, they can be worn anywhere. I have run in them a few times and they seem to hold up to the challenge. They are a little thin, so I wouldn’t necessarily make these your go-to running underwear, but they can definitely get the job done. They are also a well-constructed casual pair of underwear that can pull some double duty on the trails, in the streets, and definitely in the pool as necessary.
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Company: BedHead Pajamas
I really like the story behind this company and the good work that it does for the community. Here are a few excerpts:
Renee Claire grew up in a small town in southern Ontario, Canada called Amherstburg. She spent time in the cold winters sewing clothes for herself in the basement, honing her sense of color, pattern and cloth and dreaming of being a clothing designer, living the California lifestyle as seen in photographs and on television.
In 1981, after college, Renee decided to load up her van with her few possessions and head to Los Angeles where she waited on tables in numerous restaurants by night, designing her dress and outwear collection by day. In the late 90’s public interest in dresses declined and was replaced by sportswear and as Renee was delivering what she considered to possibly be her last collection of dresses to a local retailer, she saw a pair of pajamas in the window of the boutique and thought, “I could top that!”. After scouring the marketplace she quickly realized that the current pajama offerings lacked sophistication and fine tailoring. She quickly learned how to make her own colored and patterned cotton textiles. As a consequence, BedHead was born! Within three years the company was producing over 50,000 pairs of pajamas, all locally cut and sewn, culminating today in over 70 jobs and counting.
On top of that, a second company called Esparanza (“a grassroots organization born in the heart of Figueroa Corridor (LA) that has been developing programs that address its community’s well-being for more than eighteen years) is closely tied to BedHead. To avoid more lengthy quoting, the Figueroa Corridor in LA is an area with lots of USA garment “sweatshops” and individuals who do jobs in multiple clothing agencies. BedHead donates a percentage of its proceeds to Esperanza Community Housing Corporation and each pajama purchase will net Esparanza 20% of the profits.
- Blue Lifesavers Stretch Men’s Shorty ($74)
- 95% Cotton, 5% Spandex
As I have mentioned in my previous loungewear post, we spend so much time bustling between work, life, and the wear and tear of running, that sometimes it is just nice to have some solid loungewear to relax in post-race and/or post-day. I was recently sent a pair of pajamas from BedHead to see if they did the job.
//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsI found these very comfortable and, in my opinion, it was straightaway easy to feel the difference between these handmade pairs and the cheap off-the-line versions. As someone who generally hovers right on the cusp between medium and large, the shorts were perfect in a large, but the top was a a bit too roomy. I may have sized down had I known this. However, I suppose looser is better than too tight in most sleeping situations. Regardless, consider this if you are looking at a purchase.
The design was fine, and even though I selected the kind I wanted (so it’s kind of my own fault), I probably would have gone for something neutral. And to be honest, there are a ton of great options in their store, so don’t be turned off if life preservers aren’t your thing.
Overall, I really am liking these “man-jamas”. They are very comfy and soft following a long day of working and running. They are a bit on the pricy side for sure – but they are really comfortable and seem durable so far. And men, there are PLENTY of great pajamas, robes, and kimonos for the lady in your life (and Mother’s Day is right around the corner).