We Tested More Affordable Luxe Workout Gear — And It’s Great!
Nothing gets you pumped up for a workout like gorgeous new fitness gear. Sadly, nothing depletes your bank balance quite like it, either. So when we saw that Hi-Tec had a new range of affordable fitness gear that looked super hot, we had to put it to the training test. Here’s how it held up.
High-Intensity Sweat Test
Will It Handle Burpees And Box Jumps?
Tester: Fitness ed, Wanita Nicol
“The day I got the gear to test coincided with high-intensity interval day on my gym programme. That means a lot of jumping around and a bucketload of sweat. If tights are prone to slipping or seams to chafing, this is the kind of workout that’ll show them up.
“I immediately loved the boxy fit of the Hi-Tec LEO Classy Tee. A boxy tee is one of my favourite styles for working out because the loose fit makes it easy to move without feeling restricted, but the cropped length means it doesn’t hug my tummy rolls like, say, a regular T-shirt would. I was a little concerned that the fabric would get very wet during a sweaty workout, though.
“I liked the high waistband of the Hi-Tec Walk-Me 3/4 leggings and that they were a bit longer than the standard 3/4 length (they’re more like 7/8). But the fabric was very soft and I worried I might be sacrificing staying power for comfort. A pair of Hi-Tec Meridian trainers completed the outfit.”
Classy Tee R349 + Walk-Me Leggings R499 + Meridian trainers R699 = R1 547 for the whole outfit
“I was dripping sweat by the end of my workout, but I was amazed to find there wasn’t a wet patch on my T-shirt to show for it. The Classy Tee has a mesh panel in the back for ventilation and the loose fit also helps circulate air, keeping you from overheating and the top from turning into a wet rag.
“The tights stayed put through squats, broad jumps and everything else I threw their way and the fabric felt delightfully soft – no scratching or chafing.
“The shoes were a little broad for me – if you have narrow feet, wear thicker socks – and I wouldn’t run in them, but they had good stability in jumps and lunges. I’m a big advocate of investing in fabric technology because it really does make a difference to your training, so it’s great to find these qualities in affordable workout gear.”
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Is It Flexi Enough For A Yoga Class?
Tester: Art director, Leigh Cann
Walk-Me Crop Top R399 + Ballerina jersey R399 + Floral leggings R549 + Jayhawk II Lux shoes R799 = R2 146 for the whole outfit
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I’m testing the latest athleisure from @hitech_sa today, and so far I’m loving it. The range is totally affordable, pretty and comfortable! The leggings (R549) are nicely high-waisted, and don’t slide down. The crop top (R399) is snug and comfy. The ballerina Jersey is slouchy and comfortable, although I wore it back-to-front with knot in front 🙄. The shoes are great, very comfortable, pretty colours, and only R799! Altogether a perfect and affordable outfit for yoga! 📷 @callysilberbauer @womenshealthmagsa @hitech_sa #athleisure #yoga #workout #fitnessgear