We’re spoilt for choice when it comes to athleisure wear. Everywhere you look there's an influencer pushing the next up-and-coming brand or the new must-have pair of yoga pants. It's hard to decide which is really worth the investment.
Striking the right balance can be challenging as we all want to know the products that we choose can cover all the bases — whether we're hitting the gym, curled up on the couch or meeting a friend for lunch.
That being said, our editors decided to put some big contenders to the test. We tried Vuori, Gymshark and Sweaty Betty to find the brand that offers the most high quality, versatile and affordable pieces.
Here’s what we found out when we put the 3 brands to the test:
- All 3 use premium fabrics that support different workouts
- All 3 offer a variety of unique styles including the trendy jogger fit
- Vuori is minimalist in terms of cuts and colors so you don’t look like someone who just left the gym
- Vuori has a flawless fit, and is made of ultra-premium fabric
- Gymshark is known for its seamless leggings and strong athletic following
- Sweaty Betty offers workout-forward styles, but only for women at the moment
- Gymshark’s price is slightly lower than Vuori and Sweaty Betty
Vuori uses comfortable materials that are built for your active lifestyle - for working out or lounging.
From sports bras and long sleeves to shorts and leggings, and even some casual everyday pants, Vuori has something for everyone.
Their Performance Joggers provide a slim but relaxed fit with a slightly cropped leg, a drawstring, and side pockets – and they’re beyond comfortable thanks to the DreamKnit™ soft, premium stretch fabric.
Their Daily Leggings are high-rise and have BreatheInterlock™ technology, made to bend, twist, and stretch through any sequence. We love these for daily errands and even hanging out at home. The Energy Top includes UPF protection and quick-dry fabric which we really appreciate when it comes to those sweaty workouts.
Size ranges from XXS to XXL in select styles, and when it comes to colours, Vuori has a lot of variety. Ocean, Halcyon, Flax, Kelp, Sierra and Heather are some of our favourite shades.
Vuori’s joggers and hoodies are reasonably priced, effortlessly chic, and made to last.
We've all seen their seamless leggings and workout sets on our Instagram feeds. This brand is definitely an influencer favourite, but are they worth the hype?
Because this brand is so popular, we noticed that a lot of their products tend to go out of stock rather quickly. They didn’t have their Maroon Seamless Leggings in our size so we had to get Teal instead. Though these leggings are flattering, they definitely did not have the comfort factor we were looking for.
If you’re a gym junkie and looking for a fit solely for your workouts, Gymshark is for you – all that compression isn't ideal when lounging, tidying the house, or shopping.
Gymshark has a lot to offer when it comes to variety and quality, but we are looking for a brand that ticks every box, and Vuori’s gear is much comfier for all-day wear.
Sweaty Betty Overview:
Sweaty Betty offers products that have sweat-wicking and bum sculpting technology.
We tried their Therma Running Leggings with reflective technology and pockets - one on the side and a zipped pocket on the back. Our first impressions weren’t great, and the colours they come in are quite dull – Slate Grey and Dark Forest Green. The seams didn’t hold up well, either.
We also ordered Sweaty Betty’s Athlete Seamless Workout Tank which is made with breathable technology and is flexible enough for indoor and outdoor workouts. This tank definitely has better colour options and sizes, from XS to XXL.
Sweaty Betty’s prices are a bit higher than Vuori and most of their products are made from recycled materials.
Looking at all three brands in terms of colours, styles, and price, our editors have to go with Vuori.
While Sweaty Betty and Gymshark have their merits, Vuori’s pieces are the best quality while still providing maximum style, comfort, and performance tech.
Gymshark is great for your cardio classes and Sweaty Betty is perfect if you want that sculpted effect, but we have been searching for a go-to brand for all-day, everyday comfort wear, and we have found that in Vuori.
If you’re looking for athleisure that will take you from a duvet day to an intense workout session, Vuori is the one for you.