Best bang for your buck: High street sports apparel Spring 2016

I haven’t done a clothing write-up in a while so I thought why not?

I buy a tonne of sports apparel as with sports bras and HIIT clothing they wear down and don’t support you as they should. Remember, change your sports bra, you really do need the support! I’ve never really thought to review any of my running gear or even speak about it really, so I thought I’d share my top picks today, this article is in no war affiliated with any brands but it does contain some affiliate links to their sites 🙂

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*I’ve reviewed fabletics before..along with an attempt at Nike fitness leggings but never actually got around to writing anything up. OOPS.

These are some well-known brands, most of them I have worn myself and if not I’ve at least been in to feel fabrics and stretch, so it gives you a rough Idea of what I personally think of each. I’ll go through the basic brands first, in no particular order. I’ll give you the best selection of Sports bra’s, Leggings & Running Tops and rate them on;
Sweat-ability, Price, Comfort &  Design and then we’ll go through my top picks for each category out of the whole collection,

sound ok? Good!

H&M

H&M are quite new on the fitness scene but have tonnes of clothing catch them up in the game, I have to say I’ve had a few things from them in the past and I’ve loved all of them. Personal favourites are the Tee’s and legging. The leggings range from £7.99 – £40 and the pricier ones really do compete with the Nike versions.
As for sports bras.. I feel like they aren’t as well fitted as the Primark and Nike ones.

Sweat-ability: 6/10
Price: 9/10 £7.99-£50
Comfort: 8/10
Design: 8/10

Primark

Feel free to pretend you don’t browse Primark, go on. Do it.
We all know that when it comes to cheap and easy fitness brands Primark is brilliant for grabbing some spare tee’s and bras. I think 70% of my stuff is Primark and I’m pretty happy with it!

They have a whole range of fitness apparel this year, the most I’ve seen from them in previous years and their designs are definitely getting better, fabrics are improving and all in all, they’re just more comfortable!

Sweat-ability: (Individuals) 5/10  7/10  7/10  9/10  8/10
Price: (overall)  10/10
Comfort: (Individuals) 6/10  7/10  7/10  9/10  8/10
Design: 5/10 

Nike

Obviously one of the big brands, they only update their apparel a few times a year so you know it’s going to be the next big thing when they do but also, they put a lot of effort into design and fabrics so it’s normally great quality too!

                                              

Bra’s & Tops                                                                                   Leggings
Sweat-ability:
 7/10                                                                         Sweat-ability: 6/10
Price: 5/10  £20-£40                                                                       Price: 6/10  £35-£55           
Comfort: 9/10                                                                                 Comfort: 7/10
Design: 9/10                                                                                    Design: 9/10    

M&S

A lesser known fitness brand, they’ve always been thought to have targeted the older generations but they’ve rebranded the last few years and they seem to be targeting the younger generations. Moving into fitness and really doing it justice might I add!

Sports Bra’s                                                                          Everything Else!
Sweat-ability:
 7/10                                                               Sweat-ability: 6/10
Price: £25 8/10                                                                       Price: £22 / £19
Comfort: 8/10                                                                       Comfort: 7/10  
Design: 9/10                                                                            Design: 8/10

Adidas

Again, another big brand, well known for style, comfort and fabric. They do have a huge range but I’ve selected some that I like personally, for me the best part of Adidas’s range is the unique leggings they have. I do love their sports bra’s but they seem to focus more on design then they do high support (which I need).

Sweat-ability: 9/10
Price: £25-£99
Comfort: 9/10
Design: 9/10

 

Overall best company for Sweat proof fabrics is Adidas.
Everything I’ve had from there has been amazing for my long runs, they stop irritation on my legs, sweat from my bust irritating me has been low-non.

Overall best company for Price is H&M.
Yes, Primark is cheaper, but H&M have great Fabrics and quality so completely trump Primark for everything, other than their quantity. For me the overall winner is very close with this brand. 

Overall best company for both Comfort &  Design is Adidas.
So you can obviously tell who I’d recommend! Of course, when I do my shopping I browse everywhere and find what I need. Mostly Sports bras from Primark, Loose Tee’s from H&M and leggings from Nike & Adidas, trainers are Nike too..in case you were wondering.

I really wanted to include a tonne but who knew it’d take so long to create just this? 6 hours this took! Sigh of relief once I’d finished and I hope it’s helpful to anyone who’s deciding to get into fitness, you really do need to know the best fabrics and brands for you.

Have a great week,

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21 Comments

  1. 26/04/2016 / 11:51 am

    I really need to get a decent new sports bra for intense cardio and runs. I tend to get a lot in either Primark or H&M as well x

    • 26/04/2016 / 12:01 pm

      I’m the same, currently I’m wearing small compression bras from primark but if I had the cash I’d get a compression bra from Adidas, no questions asked!

  2. 26/04/2016 / 5:09 am

    I love to see comparisons in clothes and it’s good to see that the more expensive brands are not always the best. Great post x

  3. Angela Milnes
    25/04/2016 / 10:29 pm

    oh these look great. I bought some sports clothes for taking photos of myself as i lose weight. I’m not well enough to exercise yet but i cant wait to be able to. I love the selection here! Angela at Daysinbed

    • 26/04/2016 / 12:00 pm

      Oh good, congratulations for starting your journey. I’ve started my pre-summer fitness again so I’m right here with you! x

  4. 25/04/2016 / 10:23 pm

    It’s good to know there is some pocket friendly choices out there when it comes to fitness clothing! x

  5. Cassandra Mayers
    25/04/2016 / 9:38 pm

    I wouldnt know where to start when it came to looking for fitness clothng and I didnt actually know that H&M did it. Its one of my fav stores to shop. When i get chance to that is.

  6. 25/04/2016 / 6:49 pm

    Some really fab looking clothes here! I can honestly say I have never bought an item of clothing for myself from Primark. I’ve only actually been in Primark twice! But looking at the sports gear they offer, I may have to make a trip very soon!

    Laura x x x

  7. Jenni - Odd Socks and Lollipops
    25/04/2016 / 7:07 am

    I really like the look of the H&M stuff and what great prices too. The Adidas stuff looks fab too!

  8. 24/04/2016 / 7:37 pm

    I have a couple of the primark bits, they have a fab selection! I also really like the H&M sleevless T.shirts they do! Ahh, I need to get back into my fitness routine.

    • 26/04/2016 / 11:57 am

      Ugh I’m the same..The more fitness apparel that comes out, the sooner I’ll get back on game 🙂

    • 26/04/2016 / 11:56 am

      Yeah, as do Newlook! The newlook ones just don’t compare so I didn’t want to give them a mention but you should definitely try H&M!

  9. 24/04/2016 / 9:19 am

    I must admit that I am definitely a Primark fan. Cheap and cheerful!

  10. 24/04/2016 / 9:13 am

    I think the high street stores are picking up their game with fitness wear these days making it affordable for everyone can only be a good thing x

  11. 24/04/2016 / 8:08 am

    OOh I love those leggings from Primark, I would happily wear those all the time x

    • 26/04/2016 / 11:55 am

      Me too ( I do) I live in my primark leggings!

  12. 24/04/2016 / 6:50 am

    Obviously adidas is the best but I have checked out Primark and loved some of their sports items

    • 26/04/2016 / 11:55 am

      Me too, I’ve just bought some new sports bars from them can’t go wrong for £4 I just get a smaller size. I really need the compression!

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