Our top 15 picks for adventure activewear

We tested some of 2017’s top activewear that will have you performing your best as you sweat it out.
Fitness essentials laid out in a group for review
Our favourite gear for hikes, runs, and adventures © James Hines
By Pip Stewart and Ellie Ross

Still in the same old gym gear? Then it’s probably time for a change. If there’s anything that can help kick-start a fitness regime, it’s having workout gear that you actually want to wear. From stink-free layers to stamina-boosting compression tights, here’s your guide to feeling – and performing – your best while you exercise.

The Asics Lite-Show Winter Tights are perfect for winter runs.
Winter essentials: Asics Lite-Show Winter Tights © James Hines

A key piece of kit for running when the weather turns colder. Made from soft-brushed knit fabric, these tights have been designed with moisture management in mind – so they won’t become sticky or uncomfortable even after a long run. The reflective elements mean you’ll be visible in low light, while the handy zip pocket at the back is perfect for a key or coins.

Ideal adventure: Winter runs

The Adidas Seamless 'Climaheat' Hooded Top is great for running in the winter
Great for a run: Adidas Seamless Climaheat Hoodie © James Hines

We love the textured design of this running top; it offers style and functionality in equal measure. It’s fitted with thumb holes so your sleeves stay where you want them, plus there is a hood for chillier days. The Climaheat™ fabric keeps you warm, while a mesh back panel ensures you won't over heat. Use it as an insulating layer for everything from running to skiing. 


A Fitbit Charge 2 pictured on a wrist
Time-keeping essential: Fitbit Charge 2 © James Hines

Don’t start your fitness session without one of these. An essential for any active person, this wristband monitors your heart rate and has multi-sports modes plus all-day activity tracking. It also features guided breathing sessions based on your heart rate – so you can snatch calm moments when you need them. The battery lasts up to five days and the interchangeable bands mean you can mix the colours when you want a change.

Ideal adventure: Urban exploration

The Lululemon Swiftly Tech Long Sleeve should be your go to for climbing
For layering: Lululemon Swiftly Tech Long Sleeve © James Hines

When it comes to layering, this number from Lululemon has it all – its mesh venting keeps you cool while its tight fit still allows you to move freely. The Silverscent Technology helps prevent the growth of odour-causing bacteria so you stay stink-free. This is one item that’s clearly well-made, with a seamless woven design, subtle branding on the back and thumb holes to keep the sleeves in place.

Ideal adventureClimbing with your top mate

The Asics Accelerate Jacket is ideal for long runs because of its durability.
Stand-out performance kit: Asics Accelerate Jacket © James Hines

Brighten up your runs with this lightweight, durable jacket for men that comes in either orange or black. Windproof and waterproof, it feels soft and has a handy chest pocket – ideal for zipping away your phone or MP3 player – as well as a media port so you can thread your headphones through. The reflective stripes will help you stay visible, while thumb holes will keep your hands warm.

Ideal adventure: Setting trail-running records

Keep the wind and rain off with this spotty and fun jacket from the fashion label named after legend of tennis Bjorn Borg. It has strategically placed reflective details to keep you visible and the lightweight design is easily packable. The perforated back panels will keep you cool, or you can pull up the hood to stay warm.

Ideal adventure: Mountain biking at night

The Adidas Supernova Storm Jacket is perfect for working out when there's a chill in the air.
Ward off the cold: Adidas Supernova Storm Jacket © James Hines

This jacket is a must for chilly days – it will keep you warm and dry as you work up a sweat thanks to the moisture-wicking fabric. The zip front and stand-up collar make the jacket versatile for different conditions, while the sweat-guard pockets keep everything inside them dry.

Ideal adventure: Sailing through the most remote place on Earth

Dare 2b Mollify T-Shirt is perfect for days with more than one sport days
Good for most activities: Dare 2b Mollify T-Shirt © James Hines

The active collection from Dare 2b gives you a high-octane fusion of fashion and functionality for multi-sport use. This lightweight number has fast wicking properties that remove moisture from the body, while the man-made fibres are quick drying. There’s also in-built anti-bacterial odour control treatment so you smell fresher for longer.

Ideal Adventure: Hiking through the jungle up to a volcano

The Asics Elite Base Layer Top is soft and flexible-- a perfect base layer.
An ideal base layer: Asics Elite Base Layer Top © James Hines

There’s a reason why this top is is called Elite. Soft and flexible, it can warm your body by 3ºC in cold conditions – so you can still explore outside when the mercury drops. It has a non-rub, flatlock seams and is stretchy enough to allow you to move as much as you like. Available in green or blue, and with a reflective logo, it’s an essential piece of winter adventuring kit.

Ideal Adventure: Trekking to a remote wall in frozen Greenland

Leggings with a fun, wide waist band
Essential gear: Lorna Jane Sweat Squad Tights © James Hines

Understated yet on trend, these tights feature a bold, supportive waistband, as well as a hidden pocket to stash your cards or a key in. The fabric is breathable, moisture-wicking and washes well – so they look newer for longer.

Ideal adventure: Getting a stamp from every country in the world

The Adidas Essentials 3-Stripes Chelsea Shorts are baggy and versatile.
Very versatile: Adidas Essentials Chelsea Shorts © James Hines

You can’t go wrong with a pair of these baggy and versatile shorts from Adidas. The Climalite fabric sweeps the sweat away from your skin, while the drawstring and elasticated waist ensure a good fit. The pockets are spacious, and the shorts themselves are sustainable, having been made from recycled polyester to reduce emissions.

Ideal adventure: Climbing high above the sea

The Lululemon Fast and Free Tights standout but are great for getting sweaty.
For hitting the highline: Fast And Free Tights © James Hines

Stand out in these bright and funky tights from Lululemon made from quick-drying, sweat-wicking fabric to keep you comfortable during even the most intense workout. They’re fitted with a handy drawstring to fit snugly to your waist, and feature discreet pockets for your key or card, as well as reflective detail.

Ideal Adventure: Hitting the highline

The Adidas Techfit Long Tights are perfect for hardcore training sessions.
Good for hardcore sessions: Adidas Techfit Tights © James Hines

Perfect for a hardcore training session, these training tights have a lightweight, compression fit that boosts speed and endurance. As well as the Techfit fabric that hugs your legs, focusing your muscles’ energy, they also feature an elastic waist and 50+ UV protection.

Ideal Adventure: Flying over glaciers 

The Vie Active Mia Bralette is ideal for low-impact sports.
An ideal low-impact bra: Vie Active Mia Bralette © James Hines

Ideal for low-impact workouts such as Pilates, barre, and scaling boulders at your local climbing gym, this bra's flattering design features cut-out details at the back and slender straps.

Ideal adventure: Slo-mo climbing 

Red Adidas capris with slimming stripe.
Lightweight: Adidas Techfit Base Capri © James Hines

These maroon Capri tights may be lightweight, but they offer your muscles support when your training steps up a notch. Made from special Techfit fabric, they hug your muscles for compression fit, which helps boost your stamina. The moisture-wicking material draws sweat away from your skin to keep you comfortable, and they feature a slimming stripe down the side.

Ideal adventure: Running the most tiring short race ever

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