Dress Like a Man: Contenders Clothing

Those of you who have been reading this blog for a while, know that I have a little bit of a “thing” for men’s underwear. There are now posts solely dedicated to men’s briefs on Run Oregon.

Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place and it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t how hard you hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward. How much you can take, and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done. Now, if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hit, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you are because of him, or her, or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain’t you. You’re better than that!

I am going to venture a guess that many men know where the above quote came from. Though it can be attributed to the great (fictional) boxer Rocky Balboa, the quote can be attributed and adapted to any form of your life. I find that it can cross over into running as well, about keeping pushing your training along when you don’t feel like it, it’s too rainy, or you are just too tired. Whatever your goal may be (Boston, PR, or just general fitness), you are going to take “punches”, but how you respond to them is what makes you as a person/runner.

I am a HUGE fan of this Drago pair!

I am a HUGE fan of this Drago pair!

Contenders Clothing is generally geared towards casual wear for the boxer (they have an awesome line of Rocky-inspired boxer briefs – straight from Rocky, Clubber Lang, Drago, and Apollo Creed), but any active man can take advantage of their unique and awesome line that are designed after the shorts that boxers wear. There are also themed boxer briefs from the likes of Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, and Joe Frazier.

They sent us a few styles of boxer briefs and a tee-shirt to check out.

The 2015 film Creed inspired the Johnson pair of boxer briefs is currently on sale for only $12. This is from their Lifestyle Classic collection (95/5% cotton /spandex constructed) and has the white boxer with black waistband and black dual stripes that actor Michael B. Jordan, as Adonis Johnson, dons in the film. The Rooster pair doesn’t seem to be patterned after any specific fighter, but it is definitely still a bold (and tongue-in-cheek?) design. This is part of their Performance Athletic line, which is 3 inches longer than their lifestyle pairs and has an 88/12% polyester/spandex construction.

All of their pairs come with a Jaquarded waistband and features Contenders’ exclusive “Ride Control” technology, designed to keep comfortable and not allow for ride-ups.

Contenders also sent us their Hustle shirt, a nice cotton blend (60/40) with simply a “Hustle” emblazoned across the chest. While there are boxing-themed shirts, this is one in their inspirational tee collection (along with “Dont Quit” and “Compete“). I think these fit amazingly well into a runner’s casual wardrobe quite well. The words are printed on a ring spun jersey and have an athletic cut without being too v-shaped.  The collar is set-in and has double needle sleeves and a bottom hem. This shirt is super comfortable and perfect for a pre- or post-race donning.

Hustle shirt

Hustle shirt


More About Contenders Clothing:

Contenders Clothing is a lifestyle brand for real guys. We designed our clothing so that no matter what life brings you’re ready to compete and overcome the day’s challenges in style and comfort.

“More About”information taken from the company’s website. We like to let their own stories speak for themselves, because we review companies that have real personality and passion about what they do.

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About Matt Rasmussen (1633 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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