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Sundried Clothing Review

Sundried Ethical Clothing Range
  • Editor Rating
  • Rated 4 stars
£15 to £165
  • 80%

  • Quality
    Editor: 95%
  • Breathability
    Editor: 90%
  • Comfort during exercise
    Editor: 90%
  • Sizing option
    Editor: 60%
  • Value for Money
    Editor: 80%
  • Everyday Wearability
    Editor: 95%

Sundried have a small but comprehensive range of active, ethical sportswear. All bases are covered from a range of shorts and vests to long training trousers, tri-suits, cycling bibs, gloves and beanies. The range includes general activewear and more specialised running and cycling wear. CardioCritic has reviewed the men’s Ortler Trousers and Ortler T-shirt. Mrs CardioCritic has been trialing the ladies Ruinette tights and Tour Noir tank.

What is Ethical Clothing? Sundried’s Values

Sundried has deep set ethical interest from Low Carbon footprints in everything they do. They value the wellbeing of their own staff and those of their supply chains. Sundried supports the Water for Kids charity with every purchase. More details of Sundried’s ethical practices and principles can be found on their VALUES page of the website

Clothing Tested by CardioCritic

Sundried were kind enough to send us the following clothes for test and review

  • Ortler Trousers (male) – Medium
  • Ortler T-shirt (male) – Medium
  • Ruinette tights (female)
  • Tour Noir tank (female)

Overall Quality

There is absolutely no doubting that the Sundried range of Activewear utilises some of the very best quality cloth available. Comfortable, non-chaffing, breathable and light. All gear was easily washed following the instructions on the label. None that we tested could be tumble dried up air drying took little time at all with the exception of the Ortler trousers which took a little longer to dry.

Sizing & Fit

Neither of us are very tall, Louise is a 5’3” size 8 and I’m 5’8” with a 30” inside leg. One thing that does confuse me with the Sundried range is that I don’t understand is that ALL trousers have the same inside leg measuremen, irrespective of waist? All Ortler Trousers have a 31″ inside leg? I notice on other websites Ethical clothing stores that the customer generally has the choice of at least TWO leg lengths per waist size. I’d really like to see something along the line of a Short (30) Regular (32) and Long (34) offering . The same goes for ALL the trousers Sundried produce.

Because of this I had a small problem with the trousers being too long, overhanging my training shoes. After a few weeks use the reflective strip on the bottom hem has been worn due to the hem dragging on the ground.Having long, medium and short could eliminate this criticism.

For Louise, the vest top is also quite considerably too long in the body. The training tights are a reasonable fit, but could be a little shorter. Louise was comfortable training in both items, but got a bit frustrated with the length of the top. It seems, although only a SMALL size, the vest top would be better suited to a TALLER person, probably 5’8 to 5’10”

Drawstrings on Trousers

Around the waist, I am a 31” waist and these are a 32″,they come up a bit too lose. I used the red tie cord to tighten them, but this is far too skinny and quite uncomfortable when drawn tight on the waist. I think it would be far better to have a WIDER and ELASTICATED adjuster, something that doesn’t dig in so much.

Men’s Range of Ethical Sports Clothing

Men's clothing range of ethical sportswear

Women’s Range of Ethical Sportswear

Ethical Sportswear for Women from Sundried

Design Features

All the clothing Louise and I reviewed was well designed and obviously aimed at people of an active lifestyle. Other than the matter of the drawstring my only other criticism with the Ortler Trousers regarded the thigh pocket. This issue may well be because the trousers were a little too long, so the THIGH pocket was only just above my knee … Anything I placed there for security (eg. Mobile phone) bounced around too much while jogging. I had to move it to the less secure hip pocket. I’d like to see a horizontal ZIP pocket on the rear (butt) area … this would be useful when jogging as there’s far less movement in this area. Also, adding a zip to at least one front hip pocket would be useful

Conclusions

It is possible to get a good quality T-shirt with good sweat wicking quality for under £10 from stores like Aldi and Mountain Warehouse … HOWEVER, there is no guarantee about the ETHICAL qualities of such clothing. If you have considered the Sundried range of Activewear then you are looking for something that offers affordable ethical clothing with NO compromise on quality, form or function but maybe a little increase in price. And that is precisely what you get. The very best ethically manufactured activewear at a price you’d probably pay for fashion brand clothing with little, if any ethical interest.

Currently, I have awarded Sundried Activewear a 4/5 star review taking everything in to consideration. However, if the following changes were made, that would increase to a 5/5 star review.

  • Add minimum of 2, preferably 3 x trouser lengths to the sizings (M & F)
  • Reduce the prices by 10-25%, especially the T-shirts … a good way to get people interested in a brand and concept
  • Add a more comfortable waist adjuster to the Ortler trousers and Ruinette tights
  • Put the Zipped pockets in an area less prone to movement (butt, or outer/upper thigh). Or simply add a zip to one of the hip pockets.
  • Review the length of the T-shirts and Vests in the smaller sizes.

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