Non-nylon/plastic running tops

I don't know about you, but I have an aversion to the polyester, nylon, almost plastic sports gear that a lot of people wear. Gives me the heebee geebees if i touch it. I've never got on with footie shirts and much prefer cotton or polycotton stuff.

Friday lunchtime I went out for 6.5k run in glorious sunshine but the wind was bitterly cold down by the Mersey and my arms were freezing cold... 2 cotton t-shirts just ain't enough for the winter. I need some long sleeves!

So, can anyone recommend a brand or source of long sleeve running tops (not base layer or jackets), that aren't skin-tight that aren't ultra-shiny/nylon or plasticky?



9 Replies

  • Have you tried BAM ? Really nice quality sportswear. Not cheap but definitely worth it imho.

  • I haven't no, nor have I heard of them. I'll have a look, thank you :-)

  • I also love BAM stuff, (Bamboo and organic cotton,) but as Henpen says, it is expensive. I can only afford the socks!!!!

  • merino

  • I would say Howies...

    I know what you mean!!!

  • Yep merino. Expensive but natural and it should last

    The shiny tech, dri fit stuff does look kinda strange, but it's very good at repelling sweat from the body. You don't get cold, which is so important in this weather. I know you might not like the thought of it but you could try it. Aldi/Lidl is cheap as chips but it's well made and does the job. I'd try it before ruling it out. You might get on all right with it. Even the expensive designer stuff uses the same fabric but charge extortionate amounts of dosh for it

  • Another vote for merino. I run (and my husband cycles) in Rab Meco long sleeved tops. They are sold as base layers, but are neither inappropriately see through or pornographically tight, so work fine as a tshirt substitute. not cheap, but machine washable, durable, warm enough, wick sweat, and never seem to get stinky.

  • Merino Wool is your friend. Try Icebreakers 200 series. They are sold as base layers but they are substantial enough to wear as tops

  • Thank you for all your replies. Blimey. it's all pricey stuff isn't it? Might have to try some polycotton stuff if I can find it.

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