Made in England

..performance running apparel made in uk?

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26/07/2005 at 22:08
Does anyone know of anyone who makes performance running apparel (wicking/lycra/climate control etc etc) manufactured in the UK?

I know of outdoor gear and bike kit made here, but can't find any running kit - and the various 'ethical shopping' type websites all direct me to companies who think cotton is still a good material for sportwear. However fairtrade and organic it may be, it still won't wick sweat worth a damn....

Cheers folks.
26/07/2005 at 22:13
New Balance shoes are made in the UK. Not sure about their kit though.
26/07/2005 at 22:16
Actually, I'm an ex NB employee.... all the apparel is still sourced from the far east or various bits of europe.

Thanks for the reply though!!
27/07/2005 at 22:08
C'mon, someone must know something....??
28/07/2005 at 08:18
Ron Hill, Viga, Wasp?

Don't know just thought some of the smaller companies my be UK based
28/07/2005 at 09:01
Ahh, good point Gumps, I'll check....
Calf    pirate
28/07/2005 at 14:31
I know the forum running tops we have are made in England. Not sure where and by who thou?

Calf    pirate
28/07/2005 at 14:31
Oh and Walsh fell running shoes, if falling down hills is something your interested in!
28/07/2005 at 23:02
Hiya Calf's, I do do falling down hills bigtime, living in the lakes it's not really optional, but go for the New Balance option on footwear - I have got a forum running vest, should have thought of that first - Wasp sports are the supplier, they seem to be what I've been looking for, ta.
28/07/2005 at 23:23
Wonder where the Running Bear gear is made. Especially good for the lakes. Also, up your way, is Pete Bland Sports. Both have web sites: and
29/07/2005 at 07:26
Ron Hill is made in Sutton in Ashfield by Ridgeway Textiles.
29/07/2005 at 07:47
Paramo based in Wadhurst, East Sussex make excellent gear, mainly for mountaineering / hill walking but with wicking T-Shirts etc. Although not manufactured in the UK they are made in Colombia as part of a social program providing valuable skills to 'at risk' women seeking an improvement in their life.

OK - it doesn't answer your question but if you're concerned about being an ethical consumer then they're worth a look.
29/07/2005 at 09:14

The Observer in last sunday's magazine said that New Balance did make their stuff in the UK. The magazine was doing an environment/ethical Q&A and the question was basically where can I buy ethical UK running gear.

Is this not the case?
29/07/2005 at 09:35
As Alehouse said the running bear shop have make a lot of their own stuff (running bear and mountain bear), I think at the shop which is in Alderley Edge, Cheshire.
29/07/2005 at 09:45
Ed Mck, I already wear Paramo!!

Piers, NB do make their shoes in the UK, but when I was there (up until 18 months ago) all the clothing was sourced from abroad.

Thanks for all the replies folks, looks like I've got a few options now....
01/08/2005 at 20:59
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