“ Brand: Nike / Type: Top „
A few days a week I go out delivering leaflets for my Dad in all weathers so over the past year or so that I've been doing it I've built up a bit of a collection of more practical clothing to wear whilst leafleting. My first port of call for all stuff like is always Sports Direct, as I've always found it suits my needs perfectly as I never wear sportswear apart from when I'm working, and I can pick up clothing at a decent price. One of my purchases in October last year was the Nike Legacy Ladies Training Top which set me back £16.
Although the top is available in a couple of other colour options I opted for the simplest, a black top with a white Nike Swoosh across the front which is shown in the picture above. The top is quite long which is perfect for any activity as it doesn't ride up and I don't have to worry about my back becoming uncovered and letting all the cold in if I bend down. The v- neck on the top is just right, it's not too low but it also isn't too high so it doesn't become irritating. The material is 88% polyester and 12% elastane which makes it quite stretchy and means it fits well and is quite snug fit without feeling at all tight. Although the design is very simple, the top is very practical and aesthetically it does the job well.
As I tend to work even in the rain, the Dri- Fit fabric first attracted me to this top as it promises to" bring moisture away from your skin to keep you cool and dry". After using it for a few months it is this feature alone that would convince me to buy this top over and over again. If it's a hot day the material is very breathable and I keep cool, in normal tops if I'm working for long periods of time I'm very conscious of feeling sweaty but with the Dri- Fit fabric this isn't a problem. I've also found that in the colder weather I'm kept nice and warm as I mentioned previously the top is quite long and snug fitting and keeps the heat in well when it's needed. If it's raining although I still get wet it doesn't come through the top and I am not left feeling soggy and miserable.
As I mentioned before I bought this top about seven months ago now and it's still in brilliant condition, as if it's new. I wear this top all the time when I'm working so it gets a fair bit of washing but doesn't look worse for wear at all. As the instructions on the clothing suggest I was my top at 30 degrees and let it air dry as it can't go in the tumble dryer. I'm sure I will get many more months of wear from this top which makes it great value for money.
Overall, I've been really pleased with my purchase. At £16 the top is great value as it can be worn over and over without looking worn. The top keeps you dry and warm but it also cools you down in hot weather. Although the top has a very simple design it's very practical and definitely a good buy.
This spring, myself and the other half decided that we would like to start hiking again. I say again, as whilst I used to hike a fair bit back in my late teens/early twenties, in all honesty it had been almost a decade since I had done any "proper" hiking! As I knew my fitness wasn't at a fantastic level, I felt that the appropriate gear might just give me a little bit of extra help in climbing mountains and the like, so we went into town to try to find some appropriate base layer type clothing.
I am not really a follower of labels at all, so when I went into our local branch of Sports Direct it was with the idea of finding "technical" gear that had all the properties I was looking for, such as comfort and the all important breathability factor, at a price I found acceptable, rather than with any particular brand in mind. I must confess to knowing very little about sports labels (to the eternal horror of some of my label loving friends I can't correctly identify more than about 2 of them from their logos!), but not wishing to draw undue attention to myself struggling through the countryside in my unfit state was simply looking for something that was fairly plain and basic looking, which would do the job I wanted it to do.
I have the black version of this top, as in the Dooyoo picture. In all honesty I would have preferred this top to have been completely plain black, without the prominent Nike "tick" blazoned across my chest, but I chose it based on other things and that is a small niggle really, and, I am sure, the reason some people would buy it! It is also available in a "cherry/white" option (which looks like shocking pink to me with a white logo, but I am not really a fan of pink anyway!), and a "Spark Pink" option, which again is erm, bright pink but this time with a pink logo. It comes in sizes XS-XL (8-16 UK), although I found that whilst I am usually a size 16 in tops, a L (supposedly a 14) was actually a better fit for me, so it may be worth trying this top on before just purchasing your "usual" size. I paid £16.99 for it in my local Sports Direct, but have since seen it on their website for £15, although obviously there is a delivery charge on top of this if you order it online.
The first thing that attracted me to this top in the shop was its colour. Mine is a classic matt black...nothing in the slightest bit attention grabbing or offensive about that, unlike some of the day-glo offerings on the rails! I also liked the shape of the top; I have a roundy face and a fairly roundy body to go with it, so the V-neckline and short sleeves (to hide the bingo wings!), along with the matt rather than shiny finish on the material, were a definite bonus in my eyes! Having said that, it wasn't really the look of the top that sold it to me, as there were a few other cheaper options in the shop that were really quite similar to this in appearance, but the feel of it.
Somehow it manages to feel slightly silky, almost like peach skin. I am not sure whether this is due to the fabric content alone (88% polyester, 12% elastane), or to do with the "dri-fit" technology that Nike have used to make the top breathable, but it feels really lovely against the skin. We wear a lot of black in our house, but I can still easily locate this top in a washing basket full of black clothing by the feel of it alone! It really isn't anything like any other top I own, and I would consider buying more of them just to wear as everyday T-shirts because it is so comfortable to wear. It has a great amount of stretch to it so moulds nicely to the body to keep heat in, while the fabric, alongside "airholes" in a decorative pattern down the back of the top, helps with cooling when that is needed too!
Something else I love about this top is how easy it is to care for. I have had it for about 4 months or so now and have worn and washed it numerous times on a 40C wash (it recommends on the label that you wash this top at 30C, but unfortunately my very antiquated washing machine doesn't have a setting lower than 40C so I just chanced it!), and line-dried (as with many products made of man-made fibres this top is not suitable to be tumble dried for fear of shrinking!), and there are no signs whatsoever of the fabric wearing thin anywhere, or the dreaded "bobbles" or anything untoward at all. I think it still looks just as good as the day I bought it. I was actually quite surprised to find that even the "rubbery" white tick on the front has yet to show any damage/peeling, as I have found with some clothing in the past that areas such as this can be prone to such things! The label also advises that you do not allow the top to "lay on itself when wet", but in all honesty I have never managed to decipher what Nike meant by that so it is another thing I have ignored on the care instructions! xD
Overall this is a fantastic technical garment that provides all of the attributes you could wish for in a decent base layer for exercising of many kinds. It moves with the body so would be equally good for zumba/yoga as for hiking or biking. I would definitely recommend it, and if it weren't for the huge white Nike logo on the front may well have treated myself to a couple more of these by now!