Almost a year ago, this series began out of frustration. Irked at paying ludicrous prices for workout gear with dubious origins, I fired off an e-mail to Brad that ended with, “It would be easy if I wanted to run in a loopwheeled sweatshirt, but it’s so tough to find good-looking, US-made athletic gear.” And with that Sweated & Vetted was born, and the hunt for ethically-produced, hard-wearing clothes for running, lifting, and athletics was on.
I’ve had a blast working with small, independent producers like Pettet Endurance Project and OnlyAtoms as well as bigger, more established brands like Ibex and Outlier, and I’m looking forward to rolling forward into the new year with more miles, more trails, and more companies. But for now, here’s a look back at some of my favorite ethically-produced workout gear of 2015.
These recycled-polyester, US-made shorts fit and perform terrifically, and they were my go-to long-run shorts until the weather forced me into tights.
Runner-up: Tracksmith Van Cortlandt Shorts
Stripped-down and minimalist, these came with me for track workouts, intervals, and 5K races.
Warm-Weather T-Shirts / Tanks
Slim and long with superb wicking, this was the shirt I picked for my Fall A-race – the North Face 50-miler.
Runner-up: OnlyAtoms Electron Singlet
Overall, a great fit and one of my hands-down favorite fabrics.
Cool-Weather Long-Sleeve Shirts
This merino wool long-sleeve tee from Oregon’s PEP was my outer layer for the North Face 50-miler. More recently, I’ve been spending cold mornings in the new, heavier-weight Shevlin+.
Runner-up: STR/KE MVMNT Vent Raglan
An ideal dual-use shirt for the gym, the bar, and a nursery school parent-teacher conference.
Thanks for reading the series everyone. We’ll see you next year!
Jason Brozek is an ultramarathon runner, lapsed Ironman triathlete, and professor at a small liberal arts college, where he teaches courses on sustainability and international politics.