UNDERARMOUR

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    Aug 07, 2007 4:35 PM GMT
    I have been seeing more and more guys wearing this brand at the gym, whether it is the shirts or underwear.

    Any comments on this? Are these products as good as everyone says? I see it advertised more and more but I have not tried any of their products.
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    Aug 07, 2007 11:37 PM GMT
    I've been wearing a few pieces over the last year. They make a great wicking base-layer in the winter. Lately I've been sweating so much in the heat that they're not really keeping me dry, but I haven't done a real comparative experiment. They do make a pretty good aero top for biking.
    I don't think they're going to last a long time, though. They seem to snag on barbells, bushes, etc. pretty frequently.
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    Aug 07, 2007 11:41 PM GMT
    The quality is good - but I don't find some of the pieces comfortable. The underwear, in particular, is very confining - and instead of wicking away moisture seems to hold it next to you.

    The looser fitting shorts are nice, though -
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    Aug 08, 2007 1:18 AM GMT


    I think they are great, and I love them.

    I think they work great at wicking away moisture, and I think my muscles seem to be less tired after using the compression garments during long heavy workouts.

    Frankly I can't think of anything that is more flattering to the male physique either: Partner looks incredibly HOT in them.

    But remember we are talking about stuff that was originally supposed to be underwear after all.

    They now also manufacture other clothes such as hooded sweatshirts, regular t-shirts, sweat pants, etc

    R
  • Starboard

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    Aug 08, 2007 1:29 AM GMT
    I like the Under Armor compression shorts -- my boxers always looked crazy under my gym shorts, the compression shorts are a comfortable alternative (and I don't have to worry about my junk falling out). Other brands make the same thing, but I've found the Under Armor brand to be higher quality (my Nike compression shorts fell apart after just a few runs through the washing machine)
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    Aug 08, 2007 1:44 AM GMT
    I used to say "there's a reason why they call it UNDER Armor". I personally think it looks silly as a top, like some superhero costume. But I guess now they're making shirts and shorts, so I'm sure I'll be alone in this thinking soon enough. I see more and more people wearing UA...even ballcaps.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Aug 08, 2007 1:47 AM GMT
    I think they r decent. All the major league b-ball players wear em. More importantly I wish I bought the stock earlier when it was low. It has really taken off. So have those ugly Croc shoes!! I think it's good to invest in companies that have a passion for what they do. I also invest the majority of my time in a man that is the same.....tbc
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    Aug 08, 2007 1:48 AM GMT
    Also I agree with Joey about the underwear. I echo his statement.
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    Aug 08, 2007 2:07 AM GMT
    Under Armour started as compression clothing to help improve athletic performance and recovery. Then they got popular and started producing clothing for the masses. If you're looking for good compression clothing (and better than UA, in my opinion), check out Skins. http://www.skins.net/
    They've actually got research to back up the effectiveness of their products.
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    Aug 08, 2007 2:21 AM GMT
    Under Armour is all I wear to the gym any more...and I'm not talking the compression stuff. I am a heavy sweater and I find the heatwear shorts and sleeveless shirts phenomenal. People don't seem to realize that they manufacture stuff with fibers especially for hot and cold weather, as well as all-climate stuff.

    Mike, I have a friend who bought a ton of Armour All stock early on. He made quite a pile of money from it, as he reminds me every time he sees me in the gym.
  • TallGWMvballe...

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    Aug 08, 2007 2:23 AM GMT
    UnderArmour is in my opinion the best in support underwear for playing sports... one guy mentioned it is too tight, then wear a size larger. :)

    They work by gently but firmly supporting your genitals and upper thais
    and wick away sweat.
    myself and many of the guys with whom I play Volleyball use them and they are common in the regular gym as well.

    PS..... they look HOT on guys as well :)

    ==== Ron
  • MSUBioNerd

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    Aug 08, 2007 3:54 AM GMT
    I only own a couple pieces from them, but I really do like them. I have a few pairs of compression shorts, which are my first choice for athletic underwear--the first things I wear when I wash that load, etc. I've also got two of their moisture wicking shirts that aren't of the sprayed-on spandex variety. If they weren't so expensive, I'd probably buy some more.
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    Aug 08, 2007 4:24 AM GMT
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    (I'm trying to include a pic of me wearing an underarmour shirt in this reply... we'll see if it works.)
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    Aug 08, 2007 4:33 AM GMT
    I think it looks OK to wear it as outerwear, but only if your body is toned enough to support it. Nothing worse than tight fitting lycra-ish gear on out of shape guys.
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    Aug 08, 2007 5:12 AM GMT
    The UnderArmour stuff is wonderful. You have to watch the sizing, even for very fit guys. For example, if you want to wear the Tactical workout gear, even if you are low body fat, and you are a Medium, get the XL.

    On the other hand, the standard workout gear is too flouncy, so I buy a size smaller for that, and it is still roomy.

    I agree that someone with love handles should not be remotely thinking of wearing the tight stuff...but the tight stuff can be sized correctly so that you don't look like a sausage and you do look just, well, very fit.

    And, yes, they are now making sport shirts etc. They are pretty nice, but are way oversized. If you wear a Large, get a Medium and it still will be roomy.
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    Aug 08, 2007 12:51 PM GMT
    When I was in Iraq, for the first 7 months, I must've gone through 20 cotton t-shirts under my uniform before they were too worn out to wear anymore. When I cam home on R&R, I bought two UA fitted shirts and thats all I wore for the rest of my tour. They work great at what they were designed to do.

    Of course the other alternative are the loose fit. UA makes shirts that dont fit to the body but still work great at thier main purpose.

    I also wear thier winter gear for cold weather hiking, camping. And I wear some of it for swordfighting under my armor.
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    Aug 08, 2007 1:28 PM GMT
    fantastic for cycling in under a cycling top. keeps me cosy and dry
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    Aug 08, 2007 6:24 PM GMT
    Love the heatwear, only thing that keeps up with TECHWICK by EMS for me.

    The compression shirt I have I also enjoy for some stuff.
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    Aug 09, 2007 2:29 AM GMT
    My geeky ex also tells me that the black long sleeved ones are perfect for wearing under your Imperial Stormtrooper costume at the next Star Wars convention.
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    Aug 09, 2007 3:56 AM GMT
    cronker, I wear it under my SCA armor too. helps prevents armor bites.
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    Aug 10, 2007 2:40 PM GMT
    I must be only one that doesn't like it. The first piece of underamour i tried out was a pair of boxer style under shorts. They where great and did their job of wicking out sweat but they stretched out so bad after a 2 or 3 washings i couldn't wear them. For $50 dollars at that time it wasn't worth the price. Then i though i would try a long sleeve shirt same thing happened. It stretched out so far it was like it was falling apart. Later i went to walmart and got some cheat sweat wicking shirts and they are indestructible and work great. My advice is to try one item out, wash on gentle and air dry. Good luck.
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    Aug 10, 2007 4:46 PM GMT
    Dude! Ever hear of sorting your laundry?

    That reminds me of another distinct feature of these things: they wick away the moisture, but distinctly retain all of the, umm... organic components. At the end of the day, they really stink!

    I have one older top that I got from Performance Bicycle - no idea who really made it - that I like better. It looks like the UA stuff, but it's got a nylon inner layer and polypro outer layer. Can't find anything like it any more. (I bought it back when, umm... I wasn't fit to wear lycra, and stuffed it in the back of the drawer for a few years.)

    BTW: The "tactical" style is the same as the regular compression style, except it doesn't have the white logo on it. I guess the military types think that the logo makes a great target. Personally, I just don't like wearing big logos, unless I get paid for the ad space.
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    Aug 10, 2007 10:46 PM GMT


    You guys who say the stuff stinks after a while must be washing incorrectly or something.

    I sweat like a pig when I work out and don't have a problem.

    As for Cost... I don't know who said they were paying almost $50 a pair, but ...

    The Heatgear boxer/brief jock is about $20 a pair from Cabela's; Short sleeve T-Shirts are about $29, and the polo shirts are about $50.

    Now some of the longer peices - especially 'Coldgear' are more expensive, but I think Cabela's is still just about the cheapest place around for this stuff.

    R
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    Aug 15, 2007 5:03 AM GMT
    I have been a huge fan of UA since it came on the market. I used to work retail and we would have "truck day" every wednesday afternoon. On an exceptionally hot day, I wore a heatgear tee and my coworker wore cotton. His shirt was soaked and he had to change. I was sweating too, but once inside the air conditioned store, I was dry in a matter of minutes. As for the quality, the only thing I have ever noticed is that the white doesn't stay white, it turns kinda purpleish?--perhaps it's the water...
    I also agree with the previous posts about the compression shorts. They are phenomenal for workouts--keeping everything in place.
    I really like the new "metal" line the best--obviously from my pics. And I am one of the dorks who has the UA ballcap too. I've not had a problem with snagging, smelling, or staining with it either (aside from the white problem mentioned above).
    I have also tried the walmart version (athletic works) and the Reebok version and found them to be comparable. I would recommend UA to anyone.
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    Aug 15, 2007 5:12 AM GMT
    Late reply to GregStevensTX....

    Oh yeah, it works.

    :)