Look good, feel good, do good

When it comes to buying sportswear from Sundried, that’s exactly what will happen – you will look good, feel good and be doing good.

The company create ethical performance wear for men and women.

Its founder, Daniel Puddick, has a background in triathalons and wanted to design a range that he would be happy wearing.

The clothing is all handmade, using responsibly sourced materials and Sundried give 5% of their revenue to charity.

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Sundried are environmentally aware too. They have strict policies and guidelines in place to ensure everything they do, from manufacturing to distribution, has the smallest cardon footprint possible.

The washing instructions on their lables are easy to follow too: Wash Cool, Sun Dry. This way they are trying to encourage their customers to consider their own use of water and energy as well as their eco footprint.

They also created Every Hour On The Hour, a concept where their employees spend five minutes of every hour throughout their working day exercising and exchange their hour’s lunch break for 30 minutes lunch and 30 minutes exercise.

Each piece of clothing sold by Sundried also comes with a unique code that you enter on their website to see where the money they have donated from your sale has gone. At present Sundried’s chosen charity is Water for Kids.

Clothing

I have been trying out the Breithorn Bra and Ruinette Tight, both in medium.

Firstly, I loved the packaging they came in – clear plastic reusable sleeves, that Sundried suggest you use for storing wet or sweaty kit in your gym bag, and reusable drawstring bags.

Secondly, the quality of the pieces was definitely noticeable. Nothing was see-through or flimsy, there wasn’t a single loose thread or misplaced stitch.

Breithorn Bra (£45; XS, S, M, L; medium support up to a C cup)

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The bra uses a soft, durable, midweight material. There’s a nice thick band running round the bottom and a beathe-able mesh lining and racer back.

This bra offers enough coverage to be worn on its own as a crop top or comfortably under a tank for a pop of warm orange/red.

There are also little pads that slot into each cup to give a smoother finish I, however, am not a fan of these in sports bra because, in general, once I take them out, I can never get them back in properly!!

This bra is a great fit. I opted for the medium, but think I could have got away with a small, so I would say it’s true to size or consider sizing down one.

This is definitely a piece to consider adding to your activewear. I wouldn’t suggest wearing this to go running or for taking aerobics classes, as the support might not be enough, but it would be great for a weight training session or body pump class.

Ruinette Tight (£75; XS, S, M, L)

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I don’t think I have ever seen such a nicer pair of training tights.

The material is thick and luxurious, they have a drawstring and wide elasticated waist for a snug fit, reflective strips and a subtle Sundried logo on the front of the lower left leg.

There’s also a small built in pocket big enough for a car key and debit card.

These are very comfortable, easy to move about in and so very smart looking.

They are a great transition piece from gym to street and could be used for all sorts of activities from running and cycling to aerobics and weight training.

I’m only 5ft 2in and there wasn’t a great deal of material wrinkled at my ankles, plus they had a high waist.

I was really impressed by these. And, although the price point might not be within everyone’s reach, if you do have the money to spend and want a quality pair of running tights, I would try these out.

It’s clear a lot of thought and care has gone into the design and creation of these pieces. I can’t wait to see what else they will come up with – a running jacket and trainers are top of my wish list if your designers are reading this Sundried!!

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Until next time, stay happy and healthy…

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