For those of you who feel increasingly overwhelmed by the wide variety of options when buying legwear, you’re not alone. For each active lifestyle there is a plethora of options, and our designs need to be as varied as your workouts. We asked our designers to give you the lowdown on the most important points when selecting your new legwear.
1. Hand feel – It should be soft to touch.
2. Function – Will it keep you dry? Does it use technical wicking fabric?
3. Design – Will it look nice along side more shorts or other gym entire.
What legwear do you recommend for the following activities?
Basketball – I would recommend the 3/4 legwear for Basketball. It’s perfect for showing off your mid length socks and shoes, while keeping you dry underneath your basketball shorts.
Kick Boxing – I would recommend the full-length legwear such as track pants for all over cover while you’re kicking that bag.
Yoga – For yoga, our light weight polyamide full-length legs are perfect because they dry quickly, meaning that when you’re in a hot class the sweat isn’t making it hard to grab onto your legs for certain stretches.
A Beach Run – THE UPSIDE Man’s mid length short in a lightweight 4- way stretch fabric (suitably titled the Beach Run Short). It’s easy to run in and can also turn in a swim trunk.
It really depends on the weight of the legwear fabric. We make a lightweight, durable and quick drying leg so I would suggest THE UPSIDE Man legs to always be worn under shorts. It’s more practical, but it also looks better!
Could you explain a few differences in the shorts THE UPSIDE Man offers?
For our Summer 16’ collection I have introduced a few different fabrications and lengths is shorts. We have the 5” inner leg and 7” inner leg lengths offered in our 4- way stretch fabric. We try to cater to all athletes and the choice of various lengths carry importance for our customers, while quality, technical fabrics are a constant. I’ve also introduced the Beach Run Short this season, which is designed to take you straight into the water after a long run. We’re always looking to create transitional sportswear so that you can make the most out of your workout.
Any final tips for men buying legwear?
When buying legwear or shorts just feel comfortable and not to restricted in any way. Also make sure you standout on the court or in the gym.
Ashlea Holdsworth, Womenswear Designer
What are the top 3 things to look for in good leg wear?
1. Quality fabric. Fabric is the most important factor when buying legwear. It needs to be dense, strong & have a good elastic return. The type of fabric also impacts the type of exercise you are doing. For instance, if you are looking at buying legwear for spin class, I would suggest a technical compression fabric with wicking properties like our Bamboo Guru Pant. Wicking properties in fabrics ensure the wearer stays cool, dry and comfortable. If you are after legwear for yoga then I would suggest something soft and with good elastic properties. Good quality fabric is also important for the longevity of your pants – no one wants to throw out their favourite pair after only a few months!
2. Fit. We want to ensure that you are comfortable no matter what you’re doing, but that you also feel supported. Ensure that you don’t buy pants that are to big as they will only slip down as you bend and stretch. Tight is good when it comes to lycra.
3. A flattering design. There are various cuts in so many different prints, so make sure you love what you’re about to buy. If you’re close to a store, go in and try them on.
What is differentiating design of the…
This is our full-length legwear.
The length of this leg wear is 7/8 which means it has a bit of ankle showing.
The length of this leg wear is 3/4. The hem of the pant finishes at half way down the calf.
Power Pant This is our half length leg wear and sits just below the knee.
Guru Pant This can be any length in the leg but the height of the waist is lower making it low rise legwear.
What is your top picks for:
A Runner – Shimoda Yoga Pant – they are made from our latest compression fabric and offer support for your muscles during and post workout. They have a hidden pocket at the back for your house key and coffee money too.
A Yogi – Sea Turtles Midi Pant – The fabric of these legs are beautifully soft, maintain their elastic return and are breathable. This print is one of my favourites and easy to mix and match.
A Crossfit Trainer – Bamboo Guru Pant – Another one from our compression range. Crossfit is full on so those athletes need all the support we can give them!
A Kickboxer – Enter The Dragon Yoga Pant (coming soon) – Lightweight and durable yet soft and breathable, these yoga pants are perfect for high intensity workouts.
How should we wash our legwear and how often?
Legwear should be washed after every wear – cold machine wash, inside out and with similar colours. Make sure you don’t put them in the wash with anything that can pill the fabric such as velcro. Also, if you are washing bright coloured legwear I recommend drying them in the shade.
Where can you, and where can you not wear activewear?
Wear: Running & jogging / in the gym / yoga & pilates studio / swimming & paddle boarding – all sporting activities in general. It is ok to drop the kids off to school in your activewear and to grab a coffee or breakfast post workout but consider an outfit change once you’ve run your morning errands. We love lycra, don’t get me wrong, but it’s not always the appropriate attire. Remember your old friend jeans? Bet they miss you too.
Any final tips?
When you try on activewear in the change room, don’t forget to move around, do some squats, jog on the spot, just move. Put them to the test to make sure they’re the right fit for you.