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The 16 Best Activewear Brands You Should Know

From Adidas to Underarmour, here are the best activewear brands in the world.
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Dressing for success applies to more than the workplace. Studies have shown what you wear to play a sport or workout has a big outward effect on your performance. With that in mind, it's always good to know which brands make some of the best activewear products out there. There are, of course, powerhouses like Nike, but there are also brands such as Rhone that offer more premium apparel, both functional and attractive. Here, a list of the best activewear brands in the world.

1| Adidas

Adidas needs no introduction. As a household name, its three stripes trademark is instantly recognizable. The brand sells all things sportswear and in recent years, it has even amped up its casual wear. If you want something that looks trendy while being functional, then Adidas should be one of the brands at the top of your list.

2| ASICS

As a Japanese brand, ASICS' aesthetic is minimalist with a luxurious feel. The company makes some of the best running gear and shoes out there, and does  collaborations with Ronnie Fieg, Colette, and more. Really, it's a one-stop shop for those into the sport of running. Or not.

3| Champion

Champion isn't just a sweatshirt brand. Along with joggers, the brand makes some of the most comfortable activewear available today. What's more, with athleisure as a full-on movement, most of the label's products double as casual wear.

4| Everlast

It's practically impossible to watch a boxing game without spotting Everlast's products. After all, it is one of the most widely known boxing brands out today. The brand's boxing gloves might be its most popular product, but its activewear also deserves attention.

5| Fila

Fila isn't only a brand for tennis shoes. As a sports brand, it has a longstanding history with basketball and baseball, too. But its activewear, in particular, is a standout. With today's '90s resurgence, its products with the iconic logo along with navy, red, and white colors are a must-have.

6| Lacoste

When René Lacoste founded his brand in 1933, it focused on tennis apparel. Though Lacoste has since expanded to footwear, eyewear, and more, the brand has stayed true to its heritage as a sportswear brand. By maintaining the spirit of the brand, it has become an icon in itself as well as for its distinct crocodile logo.

7| Lululemon

Lululemon has cemented its status as one of the best activewear brands by conquering women's yoga pants and beyond. Just this year, it was announced the brand reached $1 billion in men's sales which really is something when you're up against Nike and Under Armour. More than a brand, Lululemon is a lifestyle and its loyal customer base can attest to that.

8| New Balance

New Balance's sneakers are legend, but the company wasn't all about sneakers at the start. It first sold arch supports and soon ventured on to apparel, shoes, and accessories. With New Balance's history as a running brand, you can be sure its innovations with shoes reflect its sportswear.

9| Nike

Sportsmen everywhere can attest to Nike's products. If that isn't enough, the American corporation has been consistently named the most valuable brand in the sports industry. Under the brand, Nike sells products under the names Nike Golf, Nike Pro, Nike+, Air Jordan, Nike Blazers, Air Force 1, Nike Dunk, Air Max, and more. 

10| The North Face

The North Face makes outdoor sportswear and equipment such as tents, sleeping bags, and backpacks. What it's really known for are its down jackets, but it makes all kinds of apparel and shoes.

11| Patagonia

Patagonia was founded by rock climber Yvon Chouinard in 1973. The brand's hiking and outdoor gear are known all over the world, but it also offers a great array of sportswear that ranges from surf gear to rugby shirts. It's also worth mentioning that Patagonia champions eco-friendly clothing, and the brand is one of the few really working to make an environmental difference.

12| Puma

Puma was launched in 1948 offering athletic and casual apparel, footwear, and accessories in Germany. While it's a brand that's not new to sneakerheads, it's sportswear is often overlooked, which is a shame since it really offers unique styles that blend lifestyle and fashion.

13| Reebok

Reebok has a long list of iconic sneakers, but its sportswear has always remained in the backseat. With that said, it still deserves a spot on this list for pushing boundaries and dropping innovative designs. The English brand's products made especially for Crossfit are worth mentioning because of the use of Kevlar.

14| Rhone

The brand Rhone Apparel, or Rhone as it is more commonly referred to, was created with a gym-to-office philosophy. Aside from being functional in all aspects, Rhone also takes fit and style into consideration with every product. It isn't, however, all talk and style. Rhone has changed the game by incorporating superior materials such as silver, an antibacterial anti-odorant.

15| Umbro

In the '90s, Umbro reigned supreme at a time when everyone was hooked on soccer. It's history, however, goes way back. Umbro was established 95 years ago in Cheadle, England and has become known for essentially inventing sportswear. As one of the best activewear brands out there, it has one product that stands out: The brand's classic shorts.

16| Under Armour

Under Armour is known for a bunch of things: performance wear, the different types of fabrics and materials it uses, and its partnership with NBA athlete Stephen Curry. In recent years, the American company has set its eyes beyond sports and on to fashion by hiring fashion designer Tim Coppens. And recently, a collaboration with Palm Angels and A$AP Rocky.

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