Last updated: August 12, 2021

A tracksuit is a must-have in the wardrobe of all sporty men. Whether it's jogging, football, basketball, handball or calisthenics, with a men's tracksuit you'll cut a fine figure in any sport. And not only for sports, a tracksuit for men is also comfortable and stylish at home and in everyday life.

It is both functional, in that it is breathable, keeps you cool during your workout and does not restrict your freedom of movement, and stylish. You can choose from a wide variety of styles, colours and materials. This means that the tracksuit for men combines practicality and style and is a must-have in every respect and should not be missing from any man's wardrobe.




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Buying criteria: What to look for when buying men's tracksuits

Since there is a wide range of men's tracksuits to choose from, so that sometimes the purchase decision is not easy, we have collected some buying criteria here that can help you make your decision:

  • Fit
  • Material
  • Size
  • Colour
  • Functionality

These are the aspects - and their prioritisation - you should think about before buying.

Fit

The fit or cut that is right for you depends on your personal preference, the sport(s) you play and your physique. Some tracksuits have a wide cut that allows more space in the shoulders, for example, and therefore more freedom of movement, while others have a narrower cut there.

The leg and sleeve ends also play a role in the fit; they can either be open or tightened with the help of a waistband. Especially if you have relatively shorter or longer legs, a tracksuit with a waistband can help prevent the trousers or sleeves from hanging over your feet or hands.

Material

Tracksuits are usually made of either cotton or synthetic fibres such as polyester. The different materials have different properties, so the material should be considered when buying.

Cotton hardly releases any sweat and therefore gets damp quickly when you sweat, but it also keeps you warm or cool, depending on the situation, and is very comfortable to wear.

Synthetic fibres such as polyester or viscose, on the other hand, are breathable and wick moisture away from the body and dry quickly.

So if you do particularly sweaty sports, synthetic fibres are probably the better choice. If it is important that you are kept warm, for example because you still have to walk home through the cold in your tracksuit after sport, you should consider a cotton tracksuit.

Size

Size is of course even more important for your tracksuit than it is for your everyday clothes, as your freedom of movement could be restricted if the suit is too small, or you could trip over your legs, for example, if it is too big. In addition, it should fit without having to be adjusted even if you move a lot.

If you have an unusual size, i.e. larger or smaller than the standard sizes, you should still not give up, there are also some brands that offer a wider range of sizes.

Colour

The colour of your men's tracksuit is not only a fashion decision, but also a safety issue. If you will be wearing the suit to exercise outside in the dark, for example jogging, you should choose a lighter colour or a tracksuit with reflectors.

If you are playing in a (hobby) team, you should coordinate the colours. In professional teams, the club usually orders exactly the same tracksuit for all team members.

Functionality

Some features of men's tracksuits are essential depending on the sport and are indispensable for a good tracksuit.

  • Pockets: You should think about whether you want pockets on your tracksuit, for example to store your keys or smartphone. Depending on your intention, also pay attention to whether the pockets can be closed with a zip.
  • Hood: A tracksuit with a hood also allows you to exercise in the rain. Especially if you are already out and about and it suddenly starts to rain, a tracksuit with a hood is very practical.
  • Reflectors: Reflectors on the tracksuit are essential if you often do sports outside in the dark, especially in the city. Without reflectors, you are easy to miss when jogging, for example, and risk car accidents. However, if you exercise exclusively in the gym, you can neglect this feature.
  • Insulation: A men's tracksuit made of a material that has an insulating effect is particularly suitable for you if you often exercise in the cold.

Tracksuits for men: The most important questions answered

Finding the right tracksuit is not always easy, so we have compiled and answered the most important questions on the subject for you here.

What is a tracksuit for men?

A tracksuit usually consists of two pieces of clothing: tracksuit trousers and a tracksuit jacket. Together, they make up the tracksuit that you can wear for sport. In sports, they are used especially for warming up, during breaks, after sports and when it is cold.

Because they are so comfortable, tracksuits are not only worn for sports, but also for everyday life and leisure, especially at home when relaxing or doing housework. They can also be worn as a fashion statement, for example in a trendy retro look.

What types of men's tracksuits are there?

There are many different types of tracksuits for men. We would like to introduce the most important ones here.

  • Polyester suit: Polyester suits are made of polyester, but colloquially this also refers to tracksuits made of other synthetic fibres. They are usually sweat-wicking and breathable.
  • Cotton suit: Tracksuits made of cotton do not wick sweat as well, but they keep you particularly warm, so they are especially suitable for keeping warm during breaks or for exercising in the cold.
  • Presentation suit: Presentation suits are usually worn by professional athletes, especially team athletes, for example to present a new squad or to give a press conference. They are flatteringly cut and are more of a uniform than sportswear for the team.
  • Insulating tracksuit: An insulating tracksuit retains heat and thus prevents cooling down after sport, during breaks or when it is cold.
  • Breathable tracksuit: Breathable tracksuits wick your sweat away during exercise, so the fabric doesn't get uncomfortably damp and the risk of getting sick is lower.
  • Hooded tracksuit: A hooded tracksuit keeps you dry when training in the rain, even if you are suddenly caught in a downpour on the way.
  • Lightweight tracksuit: A lightweight tracksuit is made of materials that do not weigh much. This means you don't feel constricted during exercise and sweat less. A lightweight tracksuit is therefore especially recommended for endurance sports.
  • Reflective tracksuit: A reflective tracksuit or a tracksuit with reflectors protects you from being overlooked in the dark. So if you often exercise outside in the early morning or late evening, this could be an important safety feature for you.Depending on the tracksuit, these types can also overlap. For example, a cotton tracksuit may also have reflectors.

What additional functions does a tracksuit for men fulfil?

Apart from the functionality during sports, a men's tracksuit can definitely also be a fashion statement. Especially a tracksuit with a retro look has this effect. In everyday life and during leisure time, the trousers in particular can also be worn as a comfortable garment, for example for relaxing, and you can look casual without much effort.

On the way there or back from sport, the tracksuit can also be functionally helpful because it keeps you nice and warm and thus prevents colds and hypothermia, especially also because it keeps the muscles and joints warm and thus prevents strains and sore muscles as well.

How do I care for my men's tracksuit?

You can usually just follow the care instructions on the tracksuit's label. However, you will need to wash the suit more often than normal casual clothing, as the sweat and other types of soiling should be washed right out.

Heavily soiled items, for example with grass stains, should be soaked and washed by hand in the washing machine before washing to wash out the coarsest dirt.

As a rule, tracksuits cannot be dried in a tumble dryer, so it is better to hang them on a clothes horse or clothesline. If you want to iron the garments, make sure that you do not iron appliqués and prints, e.g. brand logos or names, club logos and start numbers or names, so as not to damage them.

Conclusion

Buying a tracksuit for men therefore requires some thought before the purchase: when, how often and for which sport you want to wear it, for example. If you take these aspects all into account, you are still left with a wide choice and after a purchase you have an incredibly changeable garment.

Whether for sports, everyday life or leisure, the men's tracksuit can be combined for many occasions and is an essential part of the wardrobe of a sporty, modern man. Also, the many different designs and types offer that the suit can be worn frequently for sport but elsewhere. Note, however, that there are also occasions when wearing a tracksuit is considered inappropriate.

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