Under Armor

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    Feb 12, 2010 2:08 AM GMT
    So I was at Sports Authority with my boyfriend the other week and they had Under Armor on sale. I've wanted to try it out for a little while, so I went ahead and bought a couple of shirts (one short-sleeve, one tank) to see what they were all about.

    I've kinda liked them so far, but I have my reservations and was kinda wondering what everyone else thinks of them. First of all, I'm not generally a flashy guy, but the designs on them are really flashy, so as soon as I got into the gym and took off my sweatshirt, I was a bit self-conscious. I kinda keep feeling like they're the weight lifting equivalent of amateur bikers getting decked out in the expensive stuff Lance Armstrong wears even though they don't need it at all. Is that how others feel about them? I mean, they do seem to let you move pretty well and all, but I'm not sure if it's really any better than the cheap tanks I was using.

    Also, I was wondering if I've actually got the right size. I'm normally a size medium in most shirts (I'm 5'9", just under 170 lbs so not a little guy but not all that big either). In the Under Armor shirts though, I had to go up to large. Is that pretty normal for these shirts? I get that they're supposed to be tight, but even a large is pretty skin tight for me.

    Anyway, just looking for some opinions in general. Thanks!
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    Feb 12, 2010 2:11 AM GMT
    I love 'em. Esp. the sleeveless muscle shirts for workout out. Only top I wear now. I have their compression shorts and workout shorts with pockets. All great.

    BTW, it's "Armour"
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    Feb 12, 2010 4:17 AM GMT
    Love them. I have a few Tshirts which I wear to the gym, all of them in large and they are quite tight on me too.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Feb 12, 2010 4:49 AM GMT
    I love the whole line. Especially the basketball and running shorts
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    Feb 12, 2010 4:55 AM GMT
    They look cool, they feel nice, but they're way overpriced. And I feel like they're too constricting, however they're supposed to "whick away the moisture" or something "sciencey" and hyped up... like synergy.

    I'll keep my old T-shirts, some ripped up, some on their way to being ripped up.

    I have one good pair of under armour underoos and they're pretty tight so good for running and such... but there's a lot of cheaper alternatives.
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    Feb 12, 2010 7:18 AM GMT
    Under armor compression shorts are awesome. I play rugby in them and they help keep my muscles warm and they keep all the furniture in places even when I'm full out sprinting. I feel realy comfy in them and highly reccomend them
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    Feb 12, 2010 8:36 AM GMT
    I have the sleevless workout Tee and it's not designed to be tight. Loose fitting actually. That skin tight fitting sleevless isn't really for workout it's for biking and stuff .

    I bought a couple of other wicking type shirts at a discount dept store for $3 each and to be honest they're every bit as good at 1/10th the price. Unfortunately the two I got were the last two and they've never had them again.

    A cheap alternative too is the Everlast narrow string vest you get at Walmart for around $10
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    Feb 12, 2010 11:31 AM GMT
    Yeah...Under Armour is a bit expensive, but you get what you pay for (I've found this to be the case with UA clothing). I've been wearing UA for quite a few years and still have garments in perfect condition that I bought in 2003. I never wear the shirts to the gym, but do sport UA shorts/pants/socks.

    I always wear UA Heat Gear shirts as "undershirts" in the warmer months.

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  • ANATOMY

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    Feb 12, 2010 11:41 AM GMT
    I like their T shirts but I bought a cople of pair of the underwear and they did not last. The elastic in the waste band was shot in 6 months in boht pair. Kinda expect when I pay 40 bucks for one pair the ought to last.
  • inuman

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    Feb 12, 2010 1:09 PM GMT
    I love them but I only use them when I'm boxing as I burn up a sweat twice as fast when I'm in the zone for boxing, 3 sets of of their shorts & sleeveless shirts, works great but the underwear I use when in the gym is from Sugoiâ„¢ keeps the junk together and gets the sweat out rather than to stay on/in icon_cool.gif

    As for my workouts I use just some regular sweat clothes like shorts and shirts I buy from places like sears, Zellars, etc.

    So its all about how much you want to spend really cause when it comes down to it, unless your training for something specific I'd just stick to clothes that you feel comfortable wearing and I doubt anyone will judge for what you wear in the gym icon_cool.gif
  • Celticmusl

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    Feb 12, 2010 1:27 PM GMT
    They are about the only brand I buy as well, especially the athletic underwear and the shirts.

    Most other brands, especially Nike, no longer fit me. Both their shirts and shorts seem way too long in size to be comfortable while working out. I guess it's a "look" thing for them.

    In terms of sizing, you need to try on every pair of shorts or shirt that you buy with Under Armour. I bought a pair of "loose fit" running shorts, size SM, and they actually fit.
  • Stephan

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    Feb 12, 2010 1:35 PM GMT
    I use all stuff from them and I love'em!
    I wear the small in shirt and medium in shorts and undershorts from them. Very comfortable and great for softball pratices!
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    Feb 12, 2010 1:52 PM GMT
    I wear the compression shorts under my gi for Tae Kwon Do and they work really well at keeping my sweat from causing the pants to stick to me. icon_smile.gif
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    Feb 12, 2010 2:18 PM GMT
    i only wear the biker short things from UA, cuz i chafe like a motha
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    Feb 12, 2010 2:21 PM GMT
    Great Kit
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    Feb 14, 2010 9:45 PM GMT
    I love my compression shorts...they keep my fat thighs from rubbing up against each other when I run.
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    Feb 25, 2010 2:28 PM GMT
    I only have a few UA pieces of gear. I really like wearing the light weight stuff under my goalie equipment when I play, it does a great job pulling the moisture off of me and helps prevent equipment rubbing against me.

    I feel the same way as you do though, about wearing it out in public, like I am showing off and that's not my M.O.. But their compression shorts and long sleeve shirts are great for playing sports in!
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    Feb 25, 2010 2:35 PM GMT
    Who cares what anyone else thinks?

    UA and any compression garment, work the same way: muscle flattening. You can read all about it on studies regarding compression garments. Also, in order to wick sweat up the garment needs to be fairly sheer, and snug. It won't work effectively if it's loose.

    Any compression garment can add to your performance and safety, when used properly. Like lots of stuff, it's just more sports science.

    They look sexy, too, if you have the right lines. Fat ass is still fat ass, though.

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    I have bunches of UA. It's pricey, but, I have some pieces that I've had now for 10 years. That's exceptional quality.
  • jcable

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    Mar 05, 2010 1:52 PM GMT
    see picture. If I gain a couple of pounds, I get love handles which do not look attractive in my under armor shirts. I don't do the tight pants. Need room for my nads to hang and breathe.