New Athletic Brand Promises To Be “The Warby Parker Of Gym Clothes”
That was the headline of the Refinery29 article that introduced me to Cory Vines. I’m a big fan of Warby Parker, so I was eager to find out the connection. Cory Vines is a Canadian activewear company that focuses on high quality, low price, and versatile products. It’s similar to Warby Parker in that it cuts the middleman. Products are sold online in limited quantities and are kept to the basics–tanks, short sleeves, long sleeves, shorts, crops, and socks in jewel tones.
In a Forbes article from earlier this year, Founder Daniel Lieberman said, “I decided to develop my concept by creating a fitness brand that catered to a digitally-connected ‘Gen Y’ consumer that was interested in quality over quantity.” That’s me. After connecting with Daniel, he kindly sent me The Essential Long Sleeve in Amethyst to put to the test in one of my classes.
First, I want to note that Cory Vines shopping is fast. I believe that it took less than a week. After getting excited about the branded stickers and notecard in the package, I unwrapped the shirt and was immediately sold. Cory Vines describes wearing its apparel as a Sensory Experience: “We use fabrics that are soft, light and extremely breathable. Their moisture-wicking encourages perspiration to quickly evaporate. But our subtle stretch makes it extraordinarily comfortable to move in.” At 48% nylon, 40% polyester, and 12% spandex, this is some seriously soft and comfortable fabric. But how would the shirt hold up to a workout?
I wore The Essential Long Sleeve to a FlyBarre class yesterday morning. I didn’t previously own any sweat-wicking tops with long sleeves, so I was nervous that I would get overheated during my barre workout. Somehow, I didn’t. I kept the sleeves pushed up to my elbows, but the fabric didn’t show sweat at all. In fact, I felt cool for the entire hour. The fit was also very flattering, and the hem didn’t ride up during any squats or overhead presses. (TIP: The founder suggested that I go a size down from my normal size. I’m wearing an XS here.) Overall, I was seriously impressed. The top even looked great commuting to and from my class. I plan on trying the Essential Leggings next.
NOTE: Cory Vines provided me with this product, but I was in no way compensated to review it on my blog. These are honest opinions.