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Perfect Fitness Clothing – The Pros and Cons of Materials and Sellers

When buying perfect fitness clothing exercise clothing it’s important to know what you’re looking for. For example, do you want cotton or polyester? Knowing your price range could be a determining factor as to where to shop. There are many places you can buy cheap yet suitable exercise clothing.

There are a few important things to cover first.

Polyester vs Cotton

While there are more materials than just polyester and cotton, these two are both extremely common in exercise clothing. We all know that looking good while exercising is important but so is smelling good. Because cotton and polyester are two completely different materials, not many people know which material works best for them. Cotton is a soft fabric which means that it can absorb sweat while polyester is a type of polymer which is usually synthetic. Polyester is less breathable than cotton- meaning that sweat will be forced away from your body as well as the fabric. Cotton does seem to be better, it has to be noted that polyester has a better wicking ability, which means that it can move liquid such as sweat away from the body. A study done by a group of European scientists showed that cotton gym wear contained fewer bacteria than polyester. So while you will have to deal with sweat stains cotton workout clothing is better.

Of course, there are a lot more materials than just Polyester and Cotton, but I will cover them in just a bit.

 

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Fit and Versatility
Unless you are exercising in a gym, there is some clothing that is better for wear during the hot and cold seasons. When buying fitness clothes, you have to think about what fits you best- as well as whether or not the clothing can easily be worn in all seasons of the year. Tank tops might be an excellent choice for summer exercise clothing, but when the cold months come you have to think about whether or not you’re able to throw on a fleece without it hindering your exercising. While the clothing might look nice, does it fit you? These are all things you have to think about before deciding what and where to buy.

Places to buy Exercise Clothing

I will be covering both US and Canadian stores such as Gap, DICK’s Sporting Goods, Target, Sport Chek, and of course, Amazon.
Compared to your other choices Gap is one of the more pricey ones. Prices are typically 45+ for sweatpants and 25+ for tops. While the price tags on the clothes are pretty hefty, customers have been happy with their consistent good quality. Gap has a wide range of materials for everyone from cotton to nylon- as well as an endless style of clothing. If for some reason you are not satisfied, Gap has a 45 day return policy.

When being compared to other brands Gap is for the most part more expensive. However the quality of the clothing, as well as their endless selection does not disappoint. If you are looking for good sturdy exercise gear, Gap is a safe bet.

Rating: 7/10

 

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Dick’s Sporting Goods has built itself a reputation as a go-to store for athletic goods in the US. They don’t disappoint with their collection of workout clothing. Their collection can tailor to all gender, body types, and age. Moreover DICK’s carry name brands such as Nike, Reebok, and Under Armor. Dick’s prices are relatively low for usable athletic wear; however if you want high-end products you will have to shell out an extra buck or two.
Dick’s is nearly perfect however they don’t have a wide range of materials that GAP has. In contrast to Gap, Dick’s offer much more than just clothing such as balls or other exercise tools. Additionally if you are on a budget, Dick’s has cheap choices for you too.

Rating: 9/10

Target is another viable workout clothing store located in the US. For women, their tank tops, which has an average price of around 22-26$, are a nice fit and most have a built-in shelf bra. However, I find that the tank top’s straps are usually thin and dig into the skin. Additionally, people have reported problems with washing.

Target’s athletic wear for men is a different story. It’s cheap shirts are around 5-15$ and many people are satisfied with the quality. After all it’s hard to mess up a T-shirt and shorts.

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 Target was the only store where I had to separate the scores. Their clothing for women are stylish yes, but the function is poor. The men’s clothing are both functional and cheap. Overall Target is a nice place to buy cheap athletic wear but if you’re looking for quality perhaps you should try another place.

Target: 4/10 for women and 8/10 for men

Amazon is great when it comes to clothing.  Have a look different sellers have different return policies. Additionally, there’s a wide variety of quality and materials. Amazon clothing is cheaper than store-bought, and the quality is  the same or better. It should be noted that I buy all my clothing from Amazon an I always get what I expect.

While Amazon is great, you do have to dig a little. If you manage to find one great deal, then it could be the best steal of your life.

Rating: 10/10

While Canadians don’t have Target or Dick’s, we do have Sport Chek, which is more than enough to satisfy our sporting needs. They offer clothing fit for all seasons as well as having a wide variety of materials. However like Gap prices tend to be on the more expensive side- 25$+. Don’t be discouraged though, Sport Chek carries name brands such as Nike and Adidas and many costumers are happy with their quality of clothing.

Sport Chek does not disappoint in quality; however, they will not be the first place you’ll go to for cheap exercise clothes.

 

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Rating: 7/10

Which Materials Work Best for You?
In addition to where you buy your clothes you also need to know what materials are you going for: Cotton? Nylon? Different materials bring different things to the table.

Cotton– As mentioned before, Cotton has less foul-smelling bacteria than polymer, which means that Cotton will leave you smelling better. Cotton also absorbs moisture which will leave you with unpleasant sweat stains. Cotton works best for you if you do yoga or other activities that don’t cause you to sweat much.

Rating: 7/10.

Bamboo– Bamboo is a natural fabric that’s breathable- like cotton, as well as having the wicking ability of polymer. Because it is soft and light many people prefer to use Bamboo leggings for marathon running or other exercise-heavy activity. Personally I think Bamboo is one of the better choices- if not the best- for athletic wear because it contains the best of both worlds between polymer and cotton as well as being light and soft.

Rating: 9/10

Nylon– Nylon has the texture of silk, as well as being mildew resistant. On top of that it can recover from a wet day reasonably quickly. What is unique about Nylon is that it can wick sweat away from your body and onto the fabric- instead of letting your body hold on to the moisture. Nylon to me is a synthetic version of bamboo. Additionally, nylon can stretch very well.

Rating: 10/10

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Polyester– It’s basically just plastic in a fabric form. It’s incredibly durable, light-weight, and non-absorbent. Many people use polyester clothing for workouts- and there’s a good reason why. Polyester is water-resistant, UV-resistant, wrinkle-resistant; basically Polyester has everything you might want. However Polyester as mentioned above can foster bacteria that smells bad, Polyester is water-resistant but it doesn’t dry as fast as Nylon.

There are many other materials that you can buy than just these 4; however these 4 are your most common fabrics. Shop around and see what works best for you regarding price and comfort. I hope I have helped you on your journey to becoming a healthier person.

 

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