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Everyone wants their work clothing to be comfortable, but what exactly does that mean? The answer partly depends on the type of workout you're doing, of course, but good workout wear shares a few key traits.

Key properties in workout clothes:

  • Moisture wicking:Wicking materials move sweat off your skin quickly.
  • Quick drying:Fabrics that rapidly dry perspiration help keep you from feeling clammy or chilled.
  • Breathable: These fabrics prevent overheating and speed up drying.
  • Flexible: Stretch fabrics move with you as you stride, bend or twist.
  • Compression:Snug/stretchy fabrics feel more supportive.

Synthetics like polyester and nylon tend to dry quicker and wick moisture better. Brands blend spandex or other stretch fabrics to provide flexibility. Wool is a natural fabric that will also wick sweat away and dry efficiently. Because it offers few performance characteristics and dries very slowly, cotton clothing is better suited for casual activities where you don't sweat as much.

Also consider:

  • Chafe-free seams:Garments with minimal seaming or strategically placed low-profile seams can increase comfort.
  • Mesh vents:Ventilation in key areas, like under your arms, helps you stay dry and cool.
  • Sun protection: Look for a higher ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) number for better protection.
  • Thumbholes:They help keep sleeves in place as you reach or swing your arms.
  • Stash pockets:Having a discrete place for your ID, credit card or keys is handy.

Types of Workout Clothing

Depending on your activity, you may want fitness clothing designed for a specific sport. If you're a runner, for example, choose running clothing for more comfort when hitting your stride. Meanwhile, yoga clothing is designed to move with you as you twist, lunge and stretch into poses. Sports bras can support you through any activity, while cycling clothing can address your biking needs.

More Reasons to Shop at REI

REI carries workout clothing by top brands like Patagonia, REI Co-op, Under Armour, prAna, The North Face, Smartwool, tasc Performance and more. We also carry running shoes, fitness electronics, energy food and drinks, water bottles, running hydration packs and injury prevention and recovery gear. And we offer a library of fitness articles to help you learn about a wide variety of workout topics.