The 11 Best Athleisure Brands for Men Who Refuse To Sacrifice Comfort or Style
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As recently as a few years ago, most people thought of athleisure clothing as regular old gym clothes. It wasn’t the most exciting part of the fashion world (if you could even call it fashion), and most folks would have given you the side-eye if you thought about wearing it outside of the gym or a fitness center. Fast forward to the present day, and athleisure is the new way of life for most of us. Not only are the best athleisure brands for men serving up stylish new fits, but athleisure clothing is practical for performing everyday tasks. And, of course, it’s also just so damn comfy.
Thanks in large part to the pandemic and the rise of work-from-home culture, athleisure has become so widely accepted that you can wear it pretty much everywhere in 2022, whether you’re going out on the town with some friends or preparing for a casual day in the (virtual) office. We’ve already covered the rise of athleisure in the modern fashion world, and today we want to break down the best athleisure brands for men who aren’t willing to sacrifice comfort or style.
Athleisure has truly shown us that style, comfort and functionality can come together to create something really special. So whether you’re looking for a new pair of sweatpants for Lazy Sunday lounging or some new tops you can wear when working up a sweat, check out SPY’s guide to the best athleisure brands for men in 2022. For our list of the best athleisure brands, we had to include classic options such as lululemon and adidas, two brands that are so laid back they don’t even capitalize their brand names. However, we also included some up-and-coming athleisure brands that are turning heads right now.
1. Alo Yoga
Alo Yoga is a Los Angeles-based athleisure brand that designs modern, contemporary yoga apparel. Of course, you don’t need to master your poses to look stylish as hell in Alo Yoga clothing. What started as an athleisure brand for women has quickly expanded into menswear as the brand becomes increasingly popular. Alo Yoga makes comfortable form-fitting clothing with minimalistic aesthetics. If you love matching two-piece athleisure outfits, then Alo Yoga makes some great matching sets to go along with your favorite adidas tracksuits.
The Triumph Hoodie
Every man deserves a nice matching set and this one from Alo Yoga has your name written all over it. It’s made of a soft, tri-blend fleece that is insanely comfortable. Wear the set to your next yoga session or lounge around the house in it.
The Triumph Sweatpant
Athleisure really took off over the past few years, and no brand has benefited from this boom as much as lululemon. The Canadian brand is known for high-quality workout gear that is extremely comfortable and stylish. Men and women alike love wearing lululemon apparel in and outside the gym, and the company has versatile styles for any occasion. We all know someone who would live in lululemon’s comfortable sweatpants, hoodies and t-shirts if they could. Unfortunately, lulu’s higher prices would make that difficult, but we’re not going to stop you from trying to acquire a piece of lululemon clothing for every day of the week.
Metal Vent Tech Half-Zip 2.0
lululemon’s Metal Vent Tech collection is built for high-performing athletes and trainers. This half-zip shirt has a mesh fabric for added breathability and comfort during a workout. It has a seamless construction reducing the chances of chafing against the skin. Plus, the shirt is equipped with Silverescent technology to block odor-causing bacteria, ensuring you’ll stay smelling fresh all day.
3. Outdoor Voices
Outdoor Voices takes athleisure to another level by incorporating fun and bold designs into your favorite everyday essentials. The brand makes great-looking clothes that can help boost color confidence in your wardrobe. Outdoor voices apparel is some of the best in the game as they’re made from sustainable materials like recycled fabrics. Men will love the range of styles they’ll find from the athleisure brand, which designs pieces that are great for workouts, lounging, and commutes.
Because Outdoor Voices athleisure clothing is often just a little more expensive than we want it to be, we’ve found that this is a great brand for gifting purposes. If you’re shopping for your sweetheart’s birthday, a pair of shorts, joggers, leggings or yoga pants from Outdoor Voices is always appreciated.
High Stride 7-Inch Shorts
Show off your newly toned legs with these 7-inch high stride shorts from Outdoor Voices. The bottoms feature built-in short liners to give you that extra support you need and a hidden phone pocket for convenient storage.
When it comes to high-quality athleisure wear Rhone is always at the top of the list. The men’s activewear brand creates performance-driven clothing for the sharpest athletes in the game. Rhone’s clothing is crafted from luxury and sustainable materials, allowing them to withstand the test of time. Each piece is designed with versatility and style in mind that never compromises your fit or comfort level.
Essentials Training Sweatpants
If you’re looking for a pair of workout pants that will keep you comfortable no matter the temperature outside, then go with the Essentials Training Sweatpants. Rhone isn’t just one of the best athleisure brands for men, but one of the SPY team’s favorite men’s brands, period. These pants have a standard athletic fit with an adjustable drawcord. If you love listening to music while you work out, then you’ll appreciate the pant’s media pocket for storing your phone.
In a list of the best athleisure brands, we know it’s controversial to include Champion over Nike. In fact, you won’t find Nike on this list at all. But if you spend as much time as we do checking the labels of your friends’ clothing (and eyeing strangers while out on the street), then you know that Champion is currently the go-to athleisure brand for countless people, especially the younger folks who tend to drive fashion trends. Champion makes incredibly comfy everyday apparel that’s stylish — in a super laid-back way — and affordable.
You can buy Champion joggers on Amazon starting at just $20, and it’s hard to argue with that price. Looking for a more fashion-forward version of Champion’s classic fits? Check out the Todd Snyder x Champion collaboration, which includes some of the best athleisure clothing for men for sale in 2022.
Todd Snyder x Champion Camo Joggers
Todd Snyder has a reputation for awesome collaborations, and recently we’ve seen the menswear designer partner with SPY-favorite brands such as Timex, Converse, New Balance and L.L.Bean. Athleisure lovers won’t want to miss Snyder’s 2021 crossover with Champion, which included these stylish camo joggers. The entire collection is full of elevated takes on classic Champion looks that will have all your friends asking, “Where did you get those?”
Read More: Can We Interest You in $20 Champion Joggers?
Fabletics is an active lifestyle brand designed to bring you stylish and affordable workout clothing. The athleisure brand creates high-quality products with great designs that are perfect for everyday training. Fabletics lives by its mantra, “Live Your Passion.” It helps people stay true to themselves and inspires them to live an active lifestyle.
The Training Day Tank
Stay calm, cool, and collected during your next workout session with this tank. It’s crafted from a ventilated mesh that’ll keep you cool and refreshed all day. The shirt comes equipped with anti-stink tech to prevent the build of odor-bacteria that causes body odor. Not to mention, the top is sweat-wicking and lightweight, making you forget that you are even wearing a shirt.
This lesser-known athleisure brand started from just one pair of training shorts, and it’s turned into a hub for premium fitness gear. Hylete is a brand that takes its customer reviews seriously. All feedback is directly used to improve and create new products that support Hylete’s active fitness community.
A lightweight and breathable performance tee that’ll keep you focused during your training sessions.
8. Public Rec
Whether you’re a fitness junkie or an amateur athlete who’s new to the gym, you’ll love Public Rec. The brand makes relaxed everyday essentials big on comfort and versatility, two factors people look for when shopping for athleisure. Like the best men’s athleisure brands, Public Rec clothes are so comfortable that you’ll never want to take them off.
All Day Every Day Jacket
A jacket that honestly doesn’t need an explanation, as it really does live up to its name. Public Rec recently earned a spot on our list of the best men’s bomber jackets, and we’re big fans of the athleisure brand’s stylish outerwear.
Vuori is a California-based brand that makes minimalist clothing inspired by the coastal California active lifestyle. The apparel is casually designed from durable and sustainable materials to redefine what performance wear can be. You’ll find pieces perfect for all activities, from everyday fitness to surfing. If you like a relaxed West Coast vibe in your athleisure looks, then Vuori is the up-and-coming men’s athleisure brand for you.
Sunday Performance Jogger
SPY loves Vuori’s take on the classic jogger, which has become a modern staple for guys whether they’re in the mood to stay active or lounge around the house. These joggers have a relaxed fit with a tapered leg and come in eight colors. Most importantly, they’re soft and comfortable, which means you’ll never want to take them off.
Read More: The 15 Best Men’s Joggers of 2022
The three-striped athletic brand has been serving up classic looks since 1949, and they’re a staple of the modern athleisure fashion world. Sure, adidas might play second string to Nike as far as sneakerheads are concerned, but they’re arguably the better brand for athleisure fits specifically. For guys looking for classic athletic apparel like tracksuits and running shoes, adidas makes clothing and footwear that looks as good as it performs. After decades on the scene, the brand is still evolving, creating fashion-forward apparel right alongside classic staples that we all love.
UltraBoost 22 Shoes
You can’t perfect your cardio without the proper running shoes. Luckily, Adidas has you covered with their Ultraboost shoes. They’re crafted with an adidas primeknit upper with foam to provide comfort and high-performance while training. The shoe features a boost midsole that gives you maximum energy return and more responsiveness. So whether you’re going for a long and steady stride or quick dash, you’ll be ready for anything with these bad boys.
11. Ten Thousand
Ten Thousand creates functional gear for the world’s top athletes, and they’re our final selection among the best athleisure brands of 2022. All of their clothing pieces are built for high-intensity workouts, so you know they’re durably made and won’t fall apart after a season or two. In fact, each piece goes through an intensive quality control process to ensure it’s ready for anything. Ten Thousand’s gear will perform well regardless of whether you’ll be powerlifting, running or logging onto a Zoom call for work.
Do you need an extra layer of support during your high-intense workouts? Then opt for the 3/4 leggings from Ten Thousand. Wear them underneath your favorite pair of shorts or joggers this winter and everyone willl assume you just came from the gym, even if you just got off the couch.