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Adidas Activewear Clothing Review: Are Big Brands Worth the Hype?

August 3, 2021

I’ve never been a massive fan of branded sports wear, but having started running at the start of last year I’ve found a real value in investing in well made, fit for purpose, quality gear. When Adidas approached me to work on a project reviewing items from their women’s range I took this as an opportunity to see if this massive brand lives up to its sports wear reputation. I selected a number of running, workout and casual items to try out. The following reviews are designed to be short, to the point and from a practical perspective rather than one of fashion. Here’s my findings…

Adidas X Marimekko Marathon 20 Shorts £38

These shorts are designed in collaboration with the Finnish design house Marimekko. They have a fab, eye-catching, bright circular design in contrasting pink and red. These really appealed to me because I’ve been struggling with chaffing on my thighs when I run in shorts during the warmer weather. I’ve started wearing cycling shorts underneath but have been looking for something more practical.

Verdict: The Marimekko Marathon 20 shorts are ideal for summer running. I love the original design and bright colours. I’ve had no further issues with chaffing plus these shorts are incredibly light weight and comfortable. The inner shorts also have a really useful pocket for storing your key. £38 isn’t cheap but I really think these are worth investing in. I’m discovering that comfort and practicality are qualities you really can’t scrimp on when buying active wear. 

Would I recommend these to a friend? Yes. Without a doubt.

Run for the Oceans Graphic Tank Top £23.75

Made from Parley Ocean Plastic – upcycled plastic waste and recycled polyester this is sports wear with a conscience. I was thrilled to see a number of items in the current Adidas ranges using upcycled materials and promoting eco-aware fashion. 

Verdict: Great. Light weight and comfortable. I chose a medium which was loose but not too big. I don’t like having vests cling to me when I run so this was ideal. The sides expose a bit of side boob so I would advise wearing a decent sports bra or crop top.

Would I recommend this to a friend? Yes. Always keen to promote functional products using upcycled materials.

Ultimate bra in Wild Pink £38.25 (reduced from £45)

Another item containing 60% of upcycled ocean plastic and an absolute godsend in my eyes! I have been trying to find a decent sports bra for years. Each time I’ve invested I’ve been let down by poor support, poor fit and general lack of performance. It’s meant that I’ve been reverting to the same trusty sports bra I’ve been wearing for years – until now! 

Verdict: Awesome. Like I said before – an absolute godsend. This range of sports bras is sized in chest and cup sizes so you can buy knowing that it will fit you just as well as your favourite bra. The elastic chest strap is soft and wide so no digging in. The bra gives me excellent support without being too restrictive. The ultimate bra is made from water absorbent materials designed to wick moisture from your body so you can feel dry as you move. I’ve also found that the occasional under boob chaffing I used to get has stopped meaning I can focused better on my exercise.

Would I recommend this to a friend? Yes! Can’t recommend enough.

Designed to Move Morion Leggings £21 (Reduced from £30)

A cross between leggings and tights these are light, snug and designed to absorb. Perfect for gym wear or work outs they are flattering and stylish.

Verdict: As much as I like the look of these leggings they just don’t seem to fit right. I originally ordered a medium which I could barely get over my knees. I exchanged for a large which fit much better but still feel tight. When I exercise in them they ride down meaning I have to adjust frequently. Nice design but not practical for active wear.

Would I recommend this to a friend? Probably not.

Adidas Sportswear Winners Badge of Sport Crew Sweatshirt £36 (was £45)

Slouchy, comfy lounge jumper. Light and soft so perfect for post work out or summer nights. Made from cotton using sustainable cotton farming methods. 

Verdict: What’s not to like? It’s comfy and cool. I’m not overly keen on having a massive brand logo on my front but at least it doesn’t say Adidas in big letters. Love the colour. Perfect for lazy Sundays.

Would I recommend this to a friend? Possibly.

NY 90 Shoes £65

Pure retro Adidas footwear!

Verdict: Despite looking much cooler on my girl than me..these felt slightly tight when I first put them on but they gave way after one wear and now feel really good. Love the colour, and style. I wouldn’t wear them for active wear but they are perfect for wearing with jeans or a skirt. Also great for long-boarding along the sea front. Another great wardrobe staple made using Primegreen recycled materials. Winner!

Would I recommend this to a friend? Yeah. They’re lovely.

Hoodie £44.96 (was £59.95)

Verdict: I really like this hoodie. It’s heavy, durable and super thick making it incredibly warm for snuggling up with. The fleece pocket is a unique feature with a soft finish. The oversized style means it looks just as good (better – I know!) on my 11 year old as it does on me. 

Would I recommend this to a friend? Yes.

Overall I’ve been really impressed by the quality and value of Adidas products. Obviously it’s a huge bonus to see so many items in their current ranges using and promoting recycled and sustainable materials. As much as I love supporting small and independent I’ll certainly look to Adidas for high performing sports gear again in the future.

Disclosure: I was kindly sent the listed items for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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