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Best place for cheap exercise gear? Running / gym

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Missanneshirley Wed 15-Jun-16 20:46:29

I'm currently working on an exercise "wardrobe " of 1 or 2 outfits - it's all starting to smell shock
Where could I get a few more basics on a really tiny budget? My current legging things 3/4 length were from aldi and they are great but their special buy stuff is quite unpredictable in terms of what might be in stock. My the shirt and sports bra are from h&m and I LOVE them buy they came to about £30 in total at the time I bought them and that is above current budget!
I mainly run and go to the gym (not loads) - some cycling too - so just looking for some interchangeable shorts / leggings / vests that would do for all 3 - is there any where that sells half decent stuff cheaply? Thanks!

Wanderingwondering Wed 15-Jun-16 20:47:06


MadisonAvenue Wed 15-Jun-16 20:48:24

Decathlon is pretty cheap.

suitsyousir79 Wed 15-Jun-16 20:48:50

Ive just bought some aerobics/running t-shirts from decathlon. Think they were about £4 each. They are the ones that wick your sweat away and dry quickly. They are well worth it for the money.

DesolateWaist Wed 15-Jun-16 20:52:11

I agree with decathlon too.
I also use pro direct running.

DH buys stuff from eBay.

Missanneshirley Wed 15-Jun-16 20:53:07

Oh thank you! I've never heard of decathlon blush
Shop or website? I'm off to look it up..

SweetieDrops Wed 15-Jun-16 20:54:23

Primark and George at asda is where most of mine is from.

Makinglists Wed 15-Jun-16 20:56:52

Sports Direct have a huge variety both in terms of brands/price

peaz1 Wed 15-Jun-16 20:58:16

Wiggle is cheap and I think they do free postage over £10, and I love the stuff from tesco and primark.

SweetPeaPods Wed 15-Jun-16 20:59:04

Decathlon or supermarkets here

BIWI Wed 15-Jun-16 20:59:12

Sports Direct - although I feel distinctly queasy about shopping there now, after the revelations about how their staff are treated.

Sainsbury and Asda both sell good ranges. My current stuff is from Asda and it's really comfortable and nice to wear, and washes really well.

DesolateWaist Wed 15-Jun-16 20:59:59

Decathlon is a shop but they have a good website. I don't think the shop has many branches.

Sports Direct have always failed massively for actual sports clothes for me.

Tote Wed 15-Jun-16 21:00:18

SportsDirect......they sell Karrimor running gear at decent prices especially when it's on one of their offers. . I've washed this stuff probably hundreds of time now and it hasn't lost shape or colour.

SeemsLegit Wed 15-Jun-16 21:01:01


PetuliaGristle Wed 15-Jun-16 21:02:29


AyeAmarok Wed 15-Jun-16 21:05:55

TK Maxx.

Runningupthathill82 Wed 15-Jun-16 21:06:07

Decathlon. Similar prices to Primark but absolutely light years ahead in terms of quality.
There's a couple of branches near us but I guess it depends where abouts you are. I live in their Kalenji capris and Domyos vests as I run every day and save my "best" Gore gear for races.

If you're buying online I would also recommend getting kids' swimming stuff, and basic fleeces for walking, at the same time. Best swimming costumes around for the DCs, IMO, and so cheap.

AyeAmarok Wed 15-Jun-16 21:11:44

Have you tried using lots of fabric softener though? That gets the smell out.

CatherineDeB Wed 15-Jun-16 21:17:30

A fair bit of mine is from Tesco! As good/thick as some of the more expensive stuff and often reduced.

CatherineDeB Wed 15-Jun-16 21:21:56

I don't use fabric softener, hate the stuff, but you shouldn't use it on anything wicking, it leaves behind a coating that affects the function of the fibres.

SweetieDrops Wed 15-Jun-16 21:46:48

Soda crystals in the drawer gets smells out, or a capful of zoflora.

Missanneshirley Thu 16-Jun-16 23:52:58

Thanks all! I use a sports wash product on them and I do wonder if it cleans well enough. Altho to be fair that 1 t-shirt has seen a lot of sweat!
No decathlon near me but I've seen vests for £3.99 on their website so Def going to investigate further!

M and M are pretty cheap and randomly have good stuff in. I do sometimes use our local Sports Direct though feel icky about it.

I use that antibac stuff (dettol or own brand) to de-stink my sports kit, have heard vinegar works too but never tried it.

Statelychangers Fri 17-Jun-16 21:40:42

Wash your stuff in a vinegar rinse, if that doesn't work rub a paste of bi carb of soda into the smelly bits.

MsMarvel Sun 19-Jun-16 23:28:59

UsaPro website have loads of bargains on it! Everything I've got off there has been really good quality, UsaPro brand itself and Everlast are what ive bought but they sell loads of stuff. Really quick delivery as well

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