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The Best Men’s Workout Clothes

Today's fabrics are better at moisture management, and they’re also more comfortable, offer better mobility and last longer.

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While it might feel like eons ago, at one point in time, cotton was considered a performance fabric. It soaked up sweat like a sponge. Sopping wet shirts drenched in sweat were worn as a badge of honor. The wetter your workout clothes, the better the workout. The sweatiest guy in the gym was unofficially crowned the hardest working.

Since then, a lot has changed with workout apparel. Fabric technology has evolved. While natural fabrics are still popular – with some products even pushing the boundaries with seaweed fabric – synthetic fabrics such as polyester, nylon, and synthetic blends have dominated workout clothing over the past two decades. Not only are today's fabrics better at moisture management, they’re also more comfortable, offer better mobility and last longer. Some even claim to help you recover faster.

While it’s unlikely you’re still rocking the 90s cotton tees, it never hurts to refresh your workout wardrobe. To paraphrase Deion Sanders, "If you look good, you feel good. If you feel good, you play good.” Look good, feel good, and (according to Sanders) get a better workout by upgrading to workout wear from these top-rated men’s workout brands.

What Makes for good workout apparel?

When you’re looking for fresh new threads to add to your workout ensemble, there are a number of qualities to look for. First and foremost, you want your apparel to work as hard as you do. Lightweight, breathable, moisture-wicking fabrics can boost your training routine, keeping you comfortable as you move.

Second, you should look for products that are going to stay with you. Exercising can cause a lot of strain on your clothing, and if you’ve invested in quality apparel, it makes sense to want to have it last longer than a handful of sessions. Keep a close eye on the fabrics used, and look for characteristics such as multi-directional stretch, double stitching and abrasion resistance.

Lastly, if you’re set on one fitness activity as your go-to, look for workout clothes that cater to those movements. For example, workout clothes for yoga can allow for free-flowing poses without compromising comfort, while cycling or running apparel leans more so into the lightweight, performance aspect of training. While there are plenty of multi-faceted options that can keep you comfortable no matter your style, having a few pieces in your wardrobe specifically for those activities can help you get the most out of your routine.

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Rhone
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Rhone

Materials matter when it comes to performance workout clothes. While some activewear brands cut costs by sourcing cheaper fabrics, Rhone does not compromise. Their premium-priced apparel features only the best carefully crafted textiles, never compromising on comfort, fit, and durability. Every piece is as aesthetically good-looking as it is functional.

7-inch Mako Short
Saxx
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Saxx

This men’s only brand was founded to solve a problem very specific to men — how can you make a comfortable, supportive pair of underwear that minimizes moisture, friction, and that uncomfortable clammy feeling down south during workouts? Their innovative BallPark Pouch technology is, “designed to reduce skin-against-skin friction,” using a “3D hammock-shaped pouch that keeps everything in place.

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Smartwool
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Smartwool

When the founders wanted to make socks that would enable them to ski longer without getting cold toes, they stumbled upon the power of merino wool. Considered nature’s high-performance fabric, merino wool outperforms just about every synthetic fabric out there in terms of regulating both hot and cold temperatures and wicking moisture while being naturally odor-neutralizing. Today, Smartwool carries a full line of performance apparel, all made mostly with merino wool.

Run Zero Cushion Pattern Crew Socks
Prana
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Prana

Prana, in Sanskrit, is a word to describe life. The company was founded in Carlsbad, California with an emphasis on creating sustainable yoga, climbing, surfing and fitness clothes. Their earth-toned soft fabric is made with 100-percent organic cotton in Fair Trade Certified factories. If comfortable, sustainable clothing is important to you, look no further.

Vaha Pant
Nike
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Nike

If there was ever a brand that needed no introduction, Nike would most certainly be it. Founded as a running shoe brand in the 70s, Nike has grown to become a powerhouse sports brand. From golf to skateboarding, Nike makes some of the best and most fashionable workout clothes for men.

7-inch 2-In-1 Flex Stride Running Shorts
Gymshark
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Gymshark

Gymshark has quickly earned its place as one of the best fitness apparel brands. This UK-based fitness brand exploded on social media a few years ago and boasts over 5.6 million Instagram followers today. Its straightforward, clean-looking workout clothing is both highly functional and comfortable at prices that rival Old Navy and H&M.

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Nobull
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NOBULL

CrossFit athletes, you know what’s up. As the title sponsor of the CrossFit Games, Nobull is no stranger to putting in the work. Known widely for their performance footwear, this Boston-based company prides itself on making gear without excuses. Maintain those intense circuits with their impressive apparel lineup designed with the no-frills, no-B.S. mindset you want when training hard.

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NOBULL
Janji
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Janji

Based out of Boston, Janji is a boutique running clothing brand that strives to continually improve how they “treat people, planet, and products as we put our best foot forward and make better choices every day,” a motto they call, “Perpetual Forward Motion.” Two percent of all proceeds are donated to help countries access clean water. Their clean-lined workout clothing and colorful prints and patterns are inspired by the countries they help, such as Kenya, Peru, Nepal and Uganda.

Transit Tech Pant
Ten Thousand
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Ten Thousand

Athletes aren’t made overnight. It takes grit, determination, and perseverance. Ten Thousand is a brand built on these principles. They believe every day is an opportunity to be better than yesterday. Their clothes embody this gritty mantra and are made to withstand the toughest of workouts. Every product goes through rigorous testing for strength and resistance.

Interval Short
Alo Yoga
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Alo Yoga

Rooted in the practice of yoga and its transformative power, this LA-based yoga brand is particularly popular with celebrities. Designed to go from the yoga studio to the streets, their simple, print-free color palette is both stylish and functional. However, don’t be fooled by its simplistic look- Alo clothing is extremely high-end and long-lasting.

Idol Hooded Runner
Vuori
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Vuori

With surf-styling undertones, Vuori is an activewear clothing company aimed at making high-quality apparel that blurs the line between performance workout wear and everyday threads. Vuori’s fabric selection is top-notch. Only the finest materials go into each piece of clothing. For those looking for soft, mobile workout gear with a hint of California style, Vuori has you covered.

Sunday Performance Jogger
Under Armour
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Carlos Fernandez Laser

Ever since Kevin Plank’s groundbreaking moisture-wicking compression shirt was worn under the pads of University of Maryland football players, Under Armour has been at the forefront of cutting-edge athletic apparel. Trusted by countless professional athletes and sports teams, Under Armour styles cover the gamut from weight training to golf gear.

UA Tech 2.0 Short Sleeve
Fourlaps
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Four Laps

You shouldn’t have to sacrifice performance for style. Fourlaps founder Daniel Shapiro sought out to create an activewear brand built on this belief that not only looks good but doesn’t compromise. Designed with an urban professional in mind, Fourlaps style is classic, modern and comfortable as hell.

Rush Hoodie
On
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On

With the goal of revolutionizing the sensation of running, On has stepped confidently into the sector, backed by an impressive catalog of footwear, apparel and accessories. In July of 2016, On introduced its first range of performance running gear engineered to make running feel effortless. Whatever the run or conditions, there’s a product packed to the seams with tech specs and features to help you float through every mile.

Zero Jacket
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2XU
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2XU

Pronounced “Two Times You,” 2XU started as a triathlon and running brand and has since grown to become a leader in compression wear across all sports. Using a proprietary PWX compression fabric, 2XU compression garments claim to increase peak power and blood flow while reducing injury and speeding up recovery. Get a better workout and bounce back faster by adding a pair of these comfortable, high-performance compression pants.

Core Compression Tights
Hylete
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Hylete

Hylete may not be as familiar a brand as some on this list, but that doesn’t mean they’re not as good. What started as a single pair of men’s workout shorts in 2012 has grown into a full line of fitness apparel, gear and cross-training shoes. Hylete’s dedication to customer feedback drives product development. By only selling through their website, there’s a direct line to customer feedback.

Nexus Crew
Adidas
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Adidas

The classic three stripe Adidas logo is a staple of athletic apparel- not to mention the timeless Adidas two-piece tracksuit. This German-based company originated when founder Adi Dassler started making shoes in his mother’s kitchen. Today, Adidas’ focus is on “Owning the Game,” as they call it, a customer-focused strategy aimed at producing the best sportswear for an active and healthy lifestyle.

Adicolor Classics 3-Stripes Pants
Path Projects
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Path Projects

Like most new runners, what started out as a hobby to stay in shape quickly became an obsession. After getting burnt out on road running, founder Scott Bailey discovered the joy and freedom of trail running. However, there was one problem: Bailey struggled to find a truly functional pair of running shorts with liners for all weather conditions and distances. Thus, the concept of the Path Projects’ linerless running shorts was born.

Sykes PX 7-inch Short
Mack Weldon
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Mack Weldon

Mack Weldon was founded on the belief that men’s basics should not be, well, basic. What may look simple to us — underwear, socks, sweats and t-shirts — Mack Weldon puts meticulous detail into designing. From the highest quality fabric, to the extensive dedication to fit, you know any clothing that bears the Mack Weldon name will be the best.

18-Hour Jersey Boxer Brief
Reebok
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Reebok

Reebok’s popularity has followed somewhat of a rocky road. During the height of the 80s, Reebok sales were booming. The Reebok Pump was the hottest shoe on the market. However, at the turn of the century, the tides changed for Reebok. Fast forward to today, and with support from their parent company adidas, Reebok is back as one of the hottest fitness brands. They’ve leveraged partnerships with CrossFit, Spartan and UFC to design athletic wear that’s tough, durable and highly functional.

Thermowarm+Graphene Cotton Fleece Hoodie
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Lululemon
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Lululemon

Take a glance at any gym floor and you’ll most certainly see plenty of Lululemon on men and women alike. What started as a small yoga brand out of a studio in Vancouver, Canada has grown into an international fitness icon. With a clean, straightforward design, every piece of clothing is cut to look good while functioning exceptionally well in the gym.

Warp Lite Packable Jacket
The North Face
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The North Face

Ever since its inception as a small climbing and backpacking shop in San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood, The North Face has sought to provide the best outdoor apparel and gear to those who never stop exploring. They remain dedicated to serving those who continually push the boundaries of outdoor action sports.

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