POSTED November 2, 2010 BY Jef Choy
I hate yoga pants. I don’t hate how they look… I don’t even hate yoga, what are you crazy? This is Vancouver. I’m just jealous how women can wear them in pretty much any situation and they are acceptable. This isn’t a matter of opinion in Vancouver, it’s fact. We like to keep it casual.
What does this have to do with sweats…..
Well, for quite some time, I’ve been looking for male yoga pant equivalent. Yes there actually is a male yoga pant, but this pant should not exist outside of yoga class. Guys can wear jeans all the time, but so can women. Guys can wear a hockey jersey, which on the casual scale is much more extreme than the yoga pant, however, it cannot be worn with the same degree of frequency. Really what we’re talking about here is a man’s right to bear sweats. A right which is limited to home use and grocery shopping, it’s like a notch behind a Snuggie, why? I don’t even really see guys working out at the gym in sweats. You’d think that at a sporting event, say….a Canucks game? Wrong, new jeans, your good baseball hat, jersey, or leather jacket only. What hurts so bad is, all the women are wearing hockey jerseys, and you guessed it, yoga pants.
Guys, don’t worry, the calvary is coming. Reigning Champ, is a local company, who are infamous for making among other things, the best hoodie money can buy. Every year, I pick out something from their line as a birthday present to myself. These guys are bold, they made a fleece peacoat, dig that, but they’ve always veered away from the sweat pant. My guess is they recognized how high the stakes were in manufacturing Vancouver’s first ‘all occasion’ sweat pant. Last season they peaked my interest with the introduction of the sweat short, by all means, an exquisite piece, but only good in the summer months. What I use them for now, is the sickest part of all…..Yoga.
This year though, it’s happy birthday to me, with finally…the arrival of the Reigning Champ signature sweat pant. The muted heather charcoal colour, the softest fleece, and the slightly tapered fit make these sweats almost…formal. It’s now that I realize what’s really held sweats back is some of the offensive colours and patterns, as well as excessive swishiness. I mean is all that swish really necessary? What’s going to keep this rocket ship in orbit, is that these pants are Canadian made, and the fleece is recycled. With Vancouver’s goal of being the greenest city in the world by 2020, do you think any establishment, any social situation will be able to turn these pants away? The revolution is here boys….and mmmm… it’s comfy…Viva la Sweat!