With the warmest Early May Bank Holiday weekend on record already under our belts and a bout of sustained sunshine, it feels like summer may finally have arrived on UK shores. Rather than holing up in stuffy air-conditioned gyms, now is the perfect time to take your workout outdoors whether that be country running or urban HIT classes.
If you are taking your training al fresco this summer or if you prefer the quieter months in the gym, your workout gear could no doubt benefit from a refresh—especially with the scrutiny paid to sportswear today. In recent years, the world of sportswear design has become one of the most exciting in fashion, with the blending of streetwear and sportswear giving birth to the a concept of athleisure. With it comes a new roster of names competing with the industry’s established giants with new performance-based fabrications, precise cuts, and innovative new features complementing developments in tech.
With sportswear being probably one of the fastest moving areas of the fashion industry, it can be difficult keeping track of the new names to know and discover. Here, we pick out our summer favourites and the pieces that will bolster both your sartorial and sporting performance out on the track.
2XU (pronounced “Two Times You”) was launched when former professional triathlete Jamie Hunt turned his passion for sport into an obsession with performance fabrics. Starting out as a specialist run and triathlon brand, 2XU has grown to become the world’s most technical sportswear company, driven by a relentless pursuit to multiply human performance.
2XU garments are proven by independent, scientific research to deliver real physiological benefits to athletes of all abilities. The brand uses the most advanced medical technologies to develop industry-leading performance wear that is backed up by almost a decade of research from the world renowned Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and RMIT University. In addition to partnering with the world’s best sports teams and institutions ranging from the Australian Rugby Team to the GB hockey team, 2XU has almost more recently collaborating with leading fashion brands including Kanye West’s Yeezy.