Don’t feel guilty for dropping extra dough on that new piece of fitness gear. Not only does it boost your speed, it also helps the environment. There’s a common theme emerging from the big brands: green gear. Nike’s doing it. So is Oakley, Under Armour, and some of your other favorite companies. So what should you pick up to boost your performance and lend a hand to planet Earth? Build your workout gear from head to toe with some of these options.
Nike’s HyperElite Shorts
If LeBron was wearing them, they have to be cool. But beyond being backed by major star power, Nike’s shorts—donned by the entire gold-medal Team USA b-ball squad—also have Mother Nature’s back. They’re 14 ounces lighter than the average shorts worn by pro athletes and have four-way stretch fabric and serious ventilation, making it easier for you to move, and harder for sweat to weigh you down. Plus, these babies are made from 100-percent recycled materials—22 water bottles, in fact. ($60, nike.com)
Under Armor’s Catalyst 1/4 Zip
With worrisome weather right around the corner, you need a ¼ zip jacket that’s not messing around. Under Armour’s UA Green line has your workout in mind—its loose fit means a bigger range of motion, and its anti-odor technology will put your old zip-up to shame. Plus, the fact that more than half of the jacket’s material is recycled makes it more comfortable than that raggedy thing you’ve been wearing. ($65, underarmour.com)
Oakley’s Fuel Cell Sunglasses
The proceeds for these awesome shades go to a good cause: Action Sports Environmental Coalition, an organization started by pro skateboarder Bob Burnquist. They’ll set you back about a buck twenty, but you’re looking through materials produced from other Oakley gear. The Fuel Cell’s accents utilize 100 percent bamboo, and everything—even the ink used—is eco-friendly. Plus, they don’t look half bad. After all, they are Oakleys. ($120, oakley.com)
Source: Men’s Health