Freedom, Business, Controversy and Fitness

Product Review: Tribe Sports – A UK Company Revolutionizing the Sportswear Industry around the World! *

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Tribesports launched in 2011 as a place where sports people from around the world could gather to motivate, celebrate and educate one another to improve in their chosen sports.

As the community grows, we are constantly working with our members to understand how we can really offer a value to them and their life in sports.

Our community drive what we do… and they told us they were paying way too much for their sportswear:

They feel forced to make a choice between price and quality.

They don’t feel that the pro athletes raking in the big $$$ endorsement deals are influencing the products that they choose to buy.

They get their advice from their friends and peers.

They want to have a say in the products that they use.

So… we listened and here we are – we’re ripping up the rulebook and taking on the world of sportswear.

Tribesports Performance apparel was created to disrupt the global sportswear market and offer an alternative to the overpriced performance sportswear currently available to customers.

* OUR PRICING

By removing middlemen to sell only online, and celebrating real sports people like you rather than paying pro athletes to wear our sportswear, we pass on up to 40% savings to our customers compared to the same quality products from other leading sports brands.

From sketch to final prototype:

Tribesports Performance Wear is about bringing premium quality performance wear products with ultimate style and function to market at an accessible price without compromising on quality. To achieve what we were aiming for, we wanted to work with the best. Our design team has designed performance wear for Olympic gold medalists, now they’re designing for the Tribe!

It is the job of our design team to bring the community vision to life. The range planning and design process is a vital stage of product development. We analyse the training behaviors of our community; gather information on their likes and dislikes in the performance wear currently on the market, listen to their style ideas and product specification requirements in order to build a comprehensive design brief. Our design team work with that brief to craft the initial concepts for the range.

Design Selection:

The initial concepts are refined down into final design selections and the first ‘tech pack’ is created for each product. The tech pack is the product bible, providing every intricate detail about the requirements of a product, from design, fabric and trim selection to sizing, care label and swing tag information. It is used to ensure that the design team, fabric mill and manufacturers are all aligned on the exact requirements of a product. As they work through the development process, the technical pack is kept updated with up-to-the-minute feedback and edits.

Production Sourcing:

With our production partners selected, we then worked on the development of the technical fabrics, trims and construction methods to be used across the range. This is a comprehensive process, putting together the right mix of technical features, weight, hand-feel and durability of each material and testing their performance until they reach the correct standard and can be signed off.

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Prototyping:

Once the fabrics and trims are finalised, the production team follows the tech pack to create product prototypes. During the prototyping stage, the fit and function of each product style is reviewed by our design team and edits are made to the tech pack ready to share with the manufacturer for the next stage of the process.

Each product goes through multiple prototypes as our designers and garment technicians fit and test the product on real sportspeople to ensure that it looks right, feels great and moves in the best way. The first prototypes are made in ‘sample size’ (at Tribesports, this is M for women, L for men), but as we progress through the process and get closer to the final version of each product, we receive prototypes in all sizes for wear testing.

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For creating the prototypes, the manufacturers use fit-to-size mannequins, but for testing the prototypes, we use real sportspeople who have the exact measurements for the upper limit of each of our sizes. There are certain aspects of developing performance wear which you can’t be sure will perform as required until you see it on a real sportsperson and get their feedback – the half-zip top, for example, had adjustments made to the seam placement on the sleeve to ensure that the seam did not run directly on the elbow and had the sleeve lengthened for extra comfort and coverage after wear testing.

Once the final prototypes are signed off, it is time to pass the tech packs to over to the production team and watch the magic happen!
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This is the shirt I am testing:

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MEN’S PERFORMANCE TECH TEE SS – CHARCOAL XXL

The Performance Tech Tee: Engineered to keep you feeling cool and looking good whilst you work out. The contrast color-blocking design is complimented with power mesh zoned ventilation and the soft, ultra lightweight fabric has a non-shiny finish which feels incredible against your skin. The Spandex content mix in the fabric means that your tee will keep its shape. Forever. And ever. Treat yourself to one in every color.

FEATURES

Ergonomic flatlock seams give a performance enhancing, anti-chafe finish.

Raglan sleeves for comfort and freedom of movement.

Zoned-ventilation panels at centre back and armpits for increased airflow and rapid cooling in your core workout heat zones.

360 degree reflectivity for enhanced visibility in low-light.

Aegis antibacterial treatment creates a protective shield, providing active freshness.

FIT

Athletic: Designed to sit close to the skin for a performance enhancing, streamlined finish.

Studio model is wearing size Large.

Model Height: 181cm / 5’11” Chest: 105cm / 41″ Waist: 85cm / 33” Inside Leg: 82cm / 32”

FABRIC

Soft, lightweight 4-way stretch moisture wicking fabric for maximum comfort. (88% Polyester, 12% Spandex).

Care instruction. For best results:
Wash at 30°. Wash with like colors. Do not tumble dry. Iron at a low temperature.

DID YOU KNOW?

2800 needles are positioned in a specific layout in the middle section of the circular weaving machine to determine the exact way that the fabric looks when it is knitted. This is a manual process that takes at least 8 hours to do.

THE TEAM BEHIND YOUR TECH TEE…

35 people have been involved in the construction of this product. Once the fabric is cut, each garment takes around 36 minutes to create.

Total product weight: 0.16kg*

*(weight will vary slightly based on garment size)

Product Trims:
Branded neck tape
1 x Heat transfer size label
3 x Pantone color reflective branding transfer
1 x Pantone color branding transfer

HOW WILL THE PERFORMANCE RANGE WORK HARD FOR ME?

Streamlined fit: The performance fit will make you more streamlined – aiding your efficiency on the move and will allow full range of movement without any restrictions.

Temperature control: The heat-zone ventilation panels and the ergonomic seams offer a supportive, comfortable fit, maximum mobility and optimum temperature regulation.

Moisture management: The wicking treatment teamed with the performance fit is designed to carry moisture away from your skin to evaporate easily on the outside of the fabric – keeping you cool, dry and ready for any Challenge!

Maximum comfort, minimum irritation: The construction, fit and fabric composition of the range is focused on reducing the risk of chafing and to minimise the weight of the garment.

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The initial review is this product is awesome! It’s lightweight like a second skin and the construction is awesome it has vented fabric under the arms and a strip down the spine.

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The material is soft and silky and thinner than under armor.

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It has an internal name tape around the back of the neck adding to comfort and aesthetics, however I wish they carried that throughout! The stitching throughout is the same, but the collar is much better than Under Armour’s

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At $18-$25 I would buy this everyday and twice on Sunday vs Under Armor’s $30-$50 shirts!

But; it all goes down for performance.

Walmart has a knock off Under Armor line called Athletic Works. They aren’t bad, but the quality isn’t there! Tribe Sports is light years better than them.

Athletic Works is super heavy plasticky shirts with internal non flush seams that are rubber lined

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Athletic Works are so thick and hard, it’s difficult to stretch them.

The Tribe Sports is super pliable and soft.

Stay tuned for a performance review!

**Update** June 18th 2014
It’s SUMMER TIME! Finally time for my performance review! For the ultimate review I will be wearing my Tribe Sports top to the Raiders of the Lost Park Mud Run this Saturday! Come down and say hi! Come check out the super affordable Tribe Sports top and see how it performs!

Stay tuned!

**Update** June 22nd 2014
Yesterday’s weather was approx 78-80 degrees and the shirt performed excellently it kept me cool and dry!

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I was wearing a hat, team t-shirt, Tribe Sports shirt, Under Armor loose gear, Under Armor Compression Pants and Under Armor Underwear.

I was cool and comfortable and completed the Mud Run. The Tribe Sports 1/3 the price of Under Armour performed just as well as the Under Armour!

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