Performing in Style
Not your average running apparel offerings, these brands have unique stories to tell.
Anita Performance WireX
Developed exclusively for Anita Active and dropping for Spring, this sports bra features “an adjustable and convertible padded strap system that allows for versatile wearing options based on the fit and support needed during different workout activities,” notes Joy Haizen, managing Director Anita USA. Its versatile straps can be worn over the shoulder or crossed in the back. An encased underwire is attached to the outside of the bra, preventing irritation to the delicate under bust skin while cradling the breasts for extra stability during workouts. MSRP $89.
Kari Traa Lam Top
For extra any-season warmth, the Spring 2022 Lam Top is soft, smooth and breathable in a 100% ethically-sourced, superfine wool option. “Ergonomic lines flatter and work with four-way stretch fabric to give a slim, snug fit,” comments Sissel Himle, Kari Traa Marketing Director for North America. It pairs well with the Julie training shorts, also new for Spring 2022, featuring a quick-drying fabric that wicks away moisture and four-way stretch. MSRP $50.
Ultimate Direction Ultra Jacket
Designed to handle even the toughest race-day conditions, the Ultra Jacket’s high-tech features include a Tunnel Effect Hood, which keeps rain off the face while allowing airflow through ventilation, Peristaltic Arm Vents, which regulates temperature by pumping cool air in and pumping warm air out, Flip Mitts that are stowable to provide waterproof warmth in cold or wet conditions as needed, and a breathable and waterproof material with a 30,000g/m2/24hr moisture vapor transmission rate and 30,000m water entry pressure. Available in men’s (S-XXL) and women’s (XS-XL). MSRP $189.95.
FILA Performa Collection
Inclusivity in running and fitness will remain an important focus for the industry in 2022. FILA is the latest activewear brand to offer a size-inclusive performance line with the launch of the Performa collection for women, with sizes ranging from XS – 4X. A men’s line is coming in 2022. The Performa women’s line, which was in development for 18 months, consists of 88-pieces of apparel including: sports bras, tank tops, short sleeve tops, long sleeve tops, hoodies, sweaters, bike shorts, leggings, and joggers. Designs in the line utilize ergonomic cutlines, invisible support and three new technical fabrications from the brand — FILA Uplift, FI-LUX, and Forza by FILA. MSRP $35 - $108.
Rabbit High Country Short Sleeve Shirt
“This shirt was new this year and SO popular. We’ll be bringing it back for 2022 in new colors,” says Mary Denholm, Rabbit’s marketing coordinator and teams manager. This performance plaid is made from 88% recycled polyester and 12% spandex so it breathes on the body and moves with you. The back panel is fully vented with perforations to keep you feeling cool on those toasty days in the mountains. MSRP $65.
Lolë Men’s Collection
Known for innovative and design-focused athletic women’s apparel, Lolë is expanding its offerings for men in 2022. Says Danielle Graff, head of product, Lolë, “We obsessed over every single detail to ensure this collection is not only modern, but functional as well.” Highlights include the Logan Base Layers (seen above). The garments are lightweight and soft, made with REPREVE polyester, a fabric made from recycled bottles, along with moisture-wicking merino wool.
Mizuno Alpha Eco Apparel
The brand’s first apparel line made from recycled materials, Alpha Eco garments feature up to 90% recycled materials. Items in the line include (men’s and women’s) shorts, singlets, tee-shirts, long sleeves and half-zips. All shorts in the line feature MIZUNO DRYLITE Moisture Management technology, laser cut ventilation for comfort, reflectivity and zipper pockets for convenience. Alpha Eco tops, also featuring MIZUNO DRYLITE tech, are made from 48 percent recycled polyester, 44 percent polyester, and 8 percent Spandex.
Saxx Hot Shot Tech Tee
“Our Hot Shot products – from performance boxer briefs to t-shirts – feature our DropTemp cooling technology that outperformed the competition in head-to-head testing, setting Saxx’s technology apart from other cooling apparel on the market,” says Adrienne Moser, VP of product at Saxx. “Hot Shot boosts your body’s natural cooling capacity, making sure when your workout or temps heat up, your body isn’t weighed down by your apparel.” Hot Shot uses a highly breathable, quick-dry technology that amplifies your body’s natural evaporative cooling capacity. The Tee features non-chafing Flat Out Seams that reduce on-body irritation and mesh panels at the underarm/sides to increase air flow. MSRP $50.