Gear | Sustainable Activewear for SUP Women
As paddlers and active outdoors women, it's important we have the activewear that allows us to perform at our best. But it's also important that the activewear we purchase is produced responsibly to avoid inadvertently harming the environment that gives us so much. With endless activewear brands offering the latest and greatest in textile technology, we figured we'd take a look at the companies that are taking the extra steps to create products that are seriously sustainable as well as stylish or cutting-edge.—Shari Coble
Designers at prAna updated the Sabin T-Back Top, but fear not, it still features the same lightweight, quick-drying and shape-retaining performance “Chakara” fabric, which is unique to the brand. The top's gathered front and ventilated racerback allow for extra comfort while you're working it, and the built-in shelf bra with removable cups give the option for more or less fitted support. You'll be doing something good for your performance and for the planet when wearing prAna, as they're a Bluesign Certified brand, which means that the company is held to the textile industry's highest standards for environmental health and safety, as well as chemical management.
Whether you're practicing SUP yoga or paddle surfing, these extra long leggings will protect you from the elements while also keeping your style in check. Constructed from eco-friendly, quick-drying fabric with UPF50+, the leggings are long enough to wear over the heels or to bunch around the ankle. Four-way stretch material helps you stay comfortable and makes for a perfect fit on your backside. With a name like “Jala,” which means “sacred waters of life” in Sanskrit, we can't help but think this brand speaks directly to SUP ladies.
Designed for function, the Vesta Jacket provides support and compression without sacrificing breathability or comfort. Created from Cozy Orange's own Revive Eco Lux—a recycled polyester and lycra blend—this jacket has pilling resistance and stretch for added comfort to the already super soft material. The fitted waist and the chafe-free side seams flatter all body shapes, while also adding a little flair. Thumb holes in the sleeves allow for extra coverage when your hands are chilly, and the zipper pockets keep your accessories safe while providing easy-access. And, the company takes their sustainability practices super seriously by continuously going under evaluation by sustainability teams to ensure their production process is truly eco-friendly.
If you've never had a seamless bra, this one by Patagonia is the one to try for a chafe-free future. Redesigned from its original, now a few generations ago, the Active Mesh Bra is a v-back and offers moderate support while staying flexible enough to move with you. Wide reinforced straps help keep everything in place without digging into your skin or obstructing movement. The recycled polyester, nylon and spandex jersey blend is double-layered and moisture-wicking, while that annoying clothes tag that usually needs to be cut out of the back can be easily torn out so you stay scratch- and itch-free. The sizing on this item tends to run small, so we suggest trying one on in-store, or, ordering a size up.
Threads for Thought came to creation on the notion that apparel should be more sustainable and they've carried that concept as they've grown from graphic tees to a full apparel line that even offers activewear, like this performance long-sleeve tee. Lightweight, with moisture-wicking fabric the scoop neck top is fabricated with a recycled polyester-spandex and features a laser-cut detail on the center back for a stylish touch and extra breathability.
Once you put these joggers on, you won't want to take them off. Constructed from Alternative Apparel's eco-jersey fabric—a blend of polyester, cotton, and rayon—the material on these is dyed with completely non-toxic, chemical-free dyes and feels extra good against your skin. Side stripes add some detail to the outer leg, and a back right pocket keeps you from having to carry your junk. Oh, and we forgot to mention that the Alternative Apparel is a Certified Green Business, as designated by Los Angeles.
Teeki Mermaid FairyQueen Tank
Channel the waterwoman goddess within while you sport this trippy tank by Teeki, which features a mystical mermaid scale pattern. The high neck top is a shorter cut (you'll most likely show some belly in it) and lining-free to stay lightweight, while the breathable, stretchy material makes you feel like you're not wearing anything. Teeki's entire line is made from recycled or sustainable materials, which we think is crazy cool—just like their apparel.
Designed specifically for SUP women, the H2OM Capris feature a unique pattern of the sacred Sri Yantra mandala over an image of the ocean, designed by artist and outdoors lover Marisa Aragon Ware. Constructed of recycled polyester and lycra, these capris will take you from land to sea as they're quick-drying and stay in place when wet. The material is a medium-thickness, offering extra support and coverage, while keeping you as comfortable as these are funky.