Whilst been working out and on my walks I’ve been thinking about the differences between the different makes of my gym clothing and how there vary and thought I’ll make a post about them, I’ve decided not to do trainers as it’s not only the makes but the models that vary and everyone’s feet are different and as I had a ruptured Achilles my gait is different too.
I have several makes of shirts, Adidas, Puma, Nike, Under Armour (UA), ASICS and an unbranded (Roly) one I got as part of a virtual run I did. They’re all say have moisture wicking material whether called dry fit or something else but all are designed for running, the Adidas and Puma tops are slightly heavier than the others and not as loose fit, ASICS top is also a tighter fit than the Nike, UA and the unbranded ones, the only difference between the 3 was that the UA doesn’t seem to snag and was a lot freer however whilst this is good in the gym it’s not necessary better when out for walks. I’ve not paid full price for any of the tops as tend to get what’s on sale but the best value top has to be the unbranded one as for £12 I got the top, a medal (for completing the challenge) and a gym towel, the only top I paid less for my the Puma ones which I do like as more vented at the back and wore in the summer when was hot. However my favourites are the UA ones as are light, comfortable and don’t stick when are hot and sweaty in the gym, my least favourite which surprised me are Adidas as I loved their clothes but these seem heavier and more suited to football than running.
Shorts I was fussy about as when a member of Fareham Leisure Centre the shorts needed to have a pocket for my keys but now at PureGym it doesn’t matter as I use the lockers more as are in the gym itself and now don’t take my phone in. The shorts I have are Puma, UA and Everlast as these where brands that did pockets and really the only difference is that the UA ones are longer and have a thicker waistband that the other 2 but honestly makes no difference, in the summer I wore the UA as causal wear as well as walks due to them having a deeper pocket and slightly longer length but for Gym it’s whatever I pick out of drawer first. The only thing I don’t like is the inner brief so avoid shorts with these nowadays.
Now this was the surprising section and tried several different brands. My feet are a weird size as small 7 (whilst I can fit in a 6.5 they pinch my heel more). I’ve tried Adidas, Puma, UA, Karrimor, More Miles, Umbro, Sub and Sundried. I tend to wear low ankle socks but not the no show type as they don’t rub against my scar and are not getting caught between heel of shoe and my heel to rub, which makes a difference between getting a blister or not too. Karrimor and UA are more softer and cushioned but they tend to wear more quickly than the others, Adidas and Puma I wear as causal as they didn’t really have a cushion but they do a more cushioned pair but are about £10 a pair. More Miles started well as well right length right amount of cushion but after a few washes became harder and lost there softness. SUB (Brand found on Amazon and have their running hat) are advertised to be compression too but not found this and at first thought I had purchased the wrong size as felt big when walking but were the right size and fitted well it’s just felt light so felt my foot move a bit more in show then normal, by end of 4 miles I actually got to like them so will see how I progress with these. Sundried also another Amazon brand are the most surprising as these though don’t seem like it are the best I’ve tried so far, support across the mid foot (which I need) a good fit (rare for me) and the most comfortable. Umbro very disappointing with these as became stretched quickly and worn after a few sessions.
The only item that I’m struggling to find something that’s comfortable is boxers/briefs as need something that’s cool, supportive, comfortable and doesn’t cause chaffing, UA 6 inch boxers has 3 out of 4 (the only boxers that don’t cause chaffing) as do Lapasa (another brand found on Amazon) Briefs however most I have found are not comfortable or cool which is annoying and not sure can justify spending £20 on a pair designed for running.