Maybe it’s because I work from home now. Maybe it’s the long hours of darkness making glowing vests and headlamps a run-necessity. Or maybe I’m just tired of wearing boring black gear … either way the new line of Headsweats running gear really caught my eye and comes at great prices.
You’re probably thinking, “Headsweats … don’t I have a hat from them?” You very well might – they make great hats and visors including custom gear for race swag. They also have some really nice cycling gear, so if you’re a multi-sport athlete you’ve probably seen their jerseys.
Their new REPREVE line of gear is created from 100% recycled fibers from plastic bottles – 5 bottles for the long-sleeve shirt and 4 for the short-sleeve shirt, and there are buffs that keep 1 bottle out of the landfill. The REPREVE gear is lightweight through your whole workout, wicks sweat away, and comes in a variety of styles so that no matter what you prefer, you can find something. The bright pink/gradient plum “Berries” style seemed perfect for running under cloudy Oregon skies, but you can take your pick of solid colors, patterns, or even get something custom-made (maybe planning ahead for your next overnight relay team).
I tried out the REPREVE Active line in the long-sleeve top, the tank, and the tights – check out all the styles here. The tanks come in a racerback and a muscle-shirt style, and since I’m an “efficient sweater” (a polite way to say I sweat like a racehorse) I tried out the racerback. They’re a very soft material that fits true to size. I am 5′ 8″ish and about 160 pounds, and the size L was great on me for the tops and the tights. I wore the tights this Saturday and got compliments from two other walkers/runners I saw while I was out!
Best of all might be the prices – the long sleeve tops are $30, the tanks are $20, and the tights are only $35. The tights have a nice wide waistband and are stretchy, but not too tight over at the ankle which is one thing that will drive me nuts an entire run. The only drawback is the lack of pockets – but I’ve got a running belt to hold my phone and ID, so I’m set. My favorite thing about the REPREVE gear is how quickly it dries. Obviously I’m not hanging around outside this time of year to see how quickly things dry, but I do use my rowing machine a few mornings a week, and the tank top was dry by the time I finished getting breakfast made and my nagging the kids to get dressed paid off.