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It’s fair to say that runners are generally an environmentally conscious group of people. I, for one, strive to make a difference and am always on the lookout for ways that I can change my existing habits to be able to not leave a footprint and live a greener lifestyle.
Then I came across a company by the name of “Atayne”, who make performance apparel from trash.
Yup, you’ve read it correctly – trash! They take what we think of as trash – plastic bottles, old clothing, old shoes, race numbers etc. and turn it out into high performance outdoor and athletic gear.
What Are The Performance Shirts Made From?
I was able to wear test Atayne’s Grind Performance T during some of my recent runs. First and foremost, it is made from 100% recycled water bottles. Between eight to fourteen 20 oz. PET bottles goes into each shirt, depending on it’s size.
This equates to 100% recycled polyester, which has great moisture wicking qualities and dried super fast.
What We Really Liked
Who would have thought that wearing water bottles could be so comfortable and that’s one of the first things I noticed was the comfort. The fabric feels soft and has a good deal of stretch which allows it to move nicely when you move. To add to the comfort, the tee has been designed with flat seams so there are no friction points that could cause chaffing.
I really put Atayne’s Grind performance t to the test in the moisture wicking category. I was wearing it during my runs on my recent trip to Mexico. Temperatures were 85+ F and I was SWEATING. I never once felt wet and sticky and thought that this performance running top did a great job of wicking sweat (moisture).
What They Say
Atayne claims the recycled material has a temperature regulating feature, so I made a point of taking note of this. Usually in hot weather I only wear singlets as I find that I overheat very easily, however this definitely wasn’t the case with the Atayne performance tee. I really noticed that I felt cool and there was good air movement. Well, as cool as can be expected in those temperatures.
Atayne’s tag line states “Performance with a point of view” and their point of view doesn’t stop at recycled material. They encourage customers to play hard in their performance tee, rinse it off in the shower and hang it to dry (a loop is sewn into the back of tee to promote hang drying). Do this until you feel that it is necessary to wash and then don’t forget to use biodegradable laundry soap.
What Else Do I Need to Know?
At this time Atayne line of products is performance tops for both men and women and also for a variety of sports.
The performance T that I reviewed is the Women’s Grind Recycled Performance Running Top which only weighs only 3.6 ounces. At the time of writing, the Grind comes in colors called Alpine Lake (blue), Mountain Meadow (green), Snow with Grey and Snow with Green and sizes from x-small to x-large. The performance top is designed with raglan sleeves with an anti-chafe flatlock construction.
Where Can I Find the Best Price?
Atayne sells their products at a few select sports stores, but you can find and purchase all their performance products on the Atayne website. Depending on the sports specific top that you choose, prices range from $24.00 up to $69.00 for the cycling jersey.
You may want to consider shirts for your sports team. Atayne offers group pricing on any orders of 24 items or more.
Atayne has a great story with a green focus and I would encourage you to head over to their website www.atayne.com and see for yourself what they have to say and how they are contributing to our environment.