Dress Like a Man: Kit Culture casual active apparel

Company: Kit Culture (Facebook)

Kit Culture is a men’s apparel company based in Los Angeles, California dedicated to making the best clothing possible for the lean, athletic male.  Our apparel combines the fit and performance of endurance-focused activewear (form-fitting, durable, stretch) with the comfort and modern style of your favorite casualwear brands. We design all of our products to work for almost any sort of activity without necessarily being “workout gear”. For guys that love the fit and feel of their activewear and want some of the same properties in their everyday clothing for their active, outdoor lives, but also care about style, we got you covered. So whether you’re commuting on your bike, at the rock climbing gym, hanging out after a race, or at work if you’re on your feet all day, Kit Culture apparel will provide you with the fit, comfort and style you deserve.
When Kit Culture founder Brian McEvoy reached out to Run Oregon about their men's apparel line, I was immediately drawn in by the premise behind their creations. While I am personally an active individual, I don't solely live in workout gear. Running is only a part of my lifestyle (albeit a large one), and Kit Culture's mission is to provide functional gear that can be worn with simplistic style and function, both inside and outside of the fitness realm.

Additionally, Kit Culture’s gear is designed primarily for a certain body type. Their gear combines a slim profile with stretch capabilities – a desired combination for active males such as myself, who desire such a fit. At 6’2 and 180 lbs, I don’t have the typical runner body, but I prefer to wear slimmer clothes. I can’t tell you how many times I have purchased apparel items where I have to sacrifice style and my desired fit as the sizing increases. Tall male problems.

Kit Culture sent me a few items from their line to check out (including a Flexfit hat – which is great, but will not be reviewed). All of their products are handsewn and manufactured in Huntington Beach, which is an excellent feature.


Impressions (Casual Active Tee Shirt):

Specs (from website):

  • 92% polyester / 8% nylon
  • Moisture-wicking and quick-drying–able to handle the sweatiest workouts
  • Stylish v-neck, slim fit and heavier weight poly/spandex fabric
  • 4-way stretch and flatlock seams allows for maximum freedom of movement

While I do appreciate a slimmer profile in my clothes, one area where I would rather err on the side of “baggy” is in my running shirts. It’s a fine-line sometimes, but I don’t like feeling like I’m being constricted in a sausage casing. The stretch fabric in the Kit Culture tee really allows for some molding and give. It’s on the tighter side, but still with room to move.

This tee shirt is well-constructed and very comfortable. It is a little thicker (especially the neck) than some supremely lightweight options out there, but not thick enough to be uncomfortable or slow you down.

Impressions (Casual Active Fit Hoodie):

Specs (from website):

  • 55% cotton/35% polyester/10% spandex
  • Slim fitting around the forearms, but the stretch component gives this a comfortable feel
  • Charcoal grey stitching at seams

The hoodie has been a staple in my closet since I can remember. Over the years it has transitioned from a baggy and cheaply constructed piece with my high school mascot on it, to now a small assortment of well-made and understated pieces. The hoodie from Kit Culture fits in well with this collection.

The cotton blend allows for comfort, but offers much more stretch and a streamlined fit than probably all my other hoodies. It is tighter around the arms, but like the tee, it has that nice stretch to it. While it can be worn over a shirt, I found that it worked best with a simple tee-shirt or actually with nothing underneath. I found myself utilizing it as a standalone top more and more over time. It would be a great option to throw on after a cool Spring or Fall race. In fact, you could actually probably use it to run in, if you are so inclined. I would only do so as a last resort, but it’s construction appears to show it would be up to the challenge.

Impressions (Casual Active Stretch Twill Pant):

Specs (from website):

  • 95% cotton/5% spandex
  • Slim, tapered fit with a drawstring, button closure and zip fly
  • Stretch component gives you freedom of motion

Yes, I realize that twill pants aren’t exactly running apparel. But Kit Culture sent along a pair to try out as part of their casual active collection. And boy am I glad they did.

These are quickly becoming a favorite pair. I can pull it off with a collared shirt during work hours, and it makes a seamless transition to casual wear with a tee-shirt. It is slim fitting and tapered, so if that’s not your style, it may take some getting used to. However, there is enough stretch that it doesn’t feel as restrictive as some slimmer pants and jeans tend to be. I could do without the drawstring in front, but it’s not really a big deal.


I was really happy that we were able to connect with Kit Culture and would do some shopping in the future, for clothes to fill both my running drawer and my closet.

About Matt Rasmussen (1576 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.
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