Taking a closer look at the North Ridge fitness range
Fitness is a strange thing, it’s hard to get into, but once you are you complete immerse yourself in it, from your hobby to your fitness wardrobe, so when we found out we were getting a new range of performance wear at GO Outdoors, some of us couldn’t wait to get out there and try it out. In this article, we’ll take a look at what’s available and some first reactions.
North Ridge are a brand that is exclusive to GO Outdoors and the designers behind it have been working hard over the past few years to create outdoor gear that is not only affordable, but looks great too. The introduction of fitness wear seems a logical step, as all outdoor activity is some form of fitness training. The range consists of baselayers, leggings, lightweight jackets and accessories.
North Ridge Resistance Baselayer
The resistance baselayer for men and women is a lightweight, comfortable base tee that will suit your active lifestyle. The tee’s have flatlock seams, which means that rubbing and irritation is minimal. The fabric contains an active odour control which is useful for feeling and smelling fresh when out on a hike or in the gym. The mesh panels down the side of the tee help to keep you cool during strenuous activity.
These baselayers are also available in longsleeve variants.
What we thought:
Brandon: “I have son far used the resistance baselayer for running, in the gym and as an actual baselayer while walking. I also have an unhealthy addiction to baselayer tees. Hi! When it comes to running/gym wear, I find the two main things I look for are fit (does it stay in place when i’m raising my arms overhead etc.) and washability. So many fitness tees pil in the wash, but the North Ridge tshirt seems to be holding up well. It’s great at managing sweat, and it’s slightly looser fit means that it’s also good at keeping you cool. Overall I was very happy with the performance, and if you’re a bit vain then the black side meshing does a tremendous job of hiding love handles. I was given the grey to test, and after I realised I liked it, i picked up the green myself which is a really nice colour, and something a bit different to most others out there.”
North Ridge Lewis Leggings
Breathable and comfortable leggings ideal for an active lifestyle. These figure hugging leggings are quick drying and feature odour managing fabric that help to keep you feeling fresh as you run or workout.
Shop Womens Lewis Leggings
What we thought:
Lauren: “I have been wearing these leggings on runs, to yoga and for cycling. They are a pleasing matt back (no shiny lycra here please) and they have been a joy to wear. I wear a size 10 and they fit well all over. They are tight enough that they do not ride down when running, so I don’t have to keep pulling them up. I was worried about his being a problem as they did not have a drawstring to tighten the waist, but this is not needed. At least not for me any way. I also like the other little features for running; the pocket, the vented material on the back of the knees, and the little (not in your face) high vis tape round the ankle. For yoga, I like that the material is so thick that that no one can see what colour my underwear is in downward facing dog, a very real consideration when choosing yoga leggings.”
North Ridge Fara Shorts
Lightweight, breathable and wicking shorts that are ideal for running. The shorts are made up of a soft, stretchy outer and a mesh inner short that allows for great range of motion, while offering support on the inside. The shorts feature a small rear hip pocket, useful for keys when out on a run.
Shop Men’s Fara Shorts
What we thought:
Brandon: “As running shorts, I had no issue at all with these. They weren’t too ‘short’ for my liking, and the rear hip pocket is in a good location compared to some shorts (I find it can pull at the shorts when it’s at the lower of your back). The inner shorts mean that the outer can give you a bit more freedom of movement while keeping everything where it should be. I’d have liked to have used the shorts in the gym, but I often have my phone and ipod with me and the single pocket won’t them. If you travel a bit lighter than me, then I have no doubt they’d be a good choice for workouts too.”
North Ridge Rad (womens) & Bolt (mens) Hoodies
An ideal layer inside or outside the gym. The stylish Bolt and Rad hoodies are soft and comfortable to wear and both feature a full front zip.
North Ridge Serene Vest Top
A simple lightweight vest with anatomical fit that makes it comfortable and ideal for the gym or working out. Made from highly breathable fabric to help keep you feeling fresh, this vest also has a modest scoop neck and a mesh crossover racer back.
Shop Women’s Serene Vest
If you’ve got fitness goals in 2017, whether that be a healthier lifestyle, a new gym membership or training to tackle an endurance event, you can check out the new North Ridge range online here, or in GO stores.