All reviews and comments within this post are my own and are my honest assessment of the goods mentioned.
Every so often, I get the privilege of being asked to review some new products. Sometimes I pay for them, other times I don’t. Either way, I’m always keen to get stuck in and give my 100% honest review, good or bad. If you take a look down my previous reviews, you’ll see that some are less positive than others – this is my blog and I’ll write what I please! 😉
However…thankfully this is one time where I get to write something really very positive, with very few drawbacks, although there are some.
New in to the UK fitness apparel market is Bodytek Life. A start-up in this area, with a strong vision for their future, they currently have a limited but ‘essentials’ collection, with ambition for growth.
With a motto of “Feel The Change”, Bodytek Life is all about the essentials, “Inspired by life, enhanced by technology, and great for the soul, the vital collection is for all seasons and all fitness reasons.” For the purpose of the review, they sent me a long-sleeved t-shirt, a heavy duty drawstring bag and an insulated metal water bottle. This is their “Bundle” and is currently retailing for £55 on the website.
As you can see from that picture above, the bag is pretty sizeable. Made of 100% organic cotton, it is heavy duty and robust. My lifting shoes, belt, waterbottle, chalk bag, jump rope, notebook and pencil all fit in, with room to spare. Up until now, I’ve been carrying about an over-sized green rucksack that quite frankly has had its day. This bag arrived just in time and I suspect it will last far longer than that ruck did! With sturdy metal eyelets around the bottom for the drawcord, and well-manufactured seams, I know I’ll get a great deal of wear out of this.
Next up, the Waterbottle.
If you’ve seen the current crop of stainless steel, robust, vacuum-flask insulated waterbottles out there, then you’ve seen this. It appears to be exactly the same as the biggest brand name on the market right now – even the lids are 100% interchangeable. “Covered by our lifetime guarantee – bodytek bottles are made from extremely durable triple insulated high grade stainless steel that won’t stain on the inside and stays looking great on the outside. ”
This is to say that you’re getting exactly the same quality that you find in the top brand equivalent. The insulation really works. I was genuinely amazed. After filling this with boiling water to take on a winter picnic a few weekends ago, we made our way up on to Dartmoor in the first snow of the season. With the car thermometer reading, “-2C” at the warmest part of the day, we dropped the bag in the snow, bottle inside, and set about making snowmen for the next few hours. We ended up not needing the water as we found a great cafe in Princetown but when we got home some 6 hours later, the water was still scaldingly hot! Honestly, not just ‘warm enough to make tea’ but burny lips hot. I’ve been through a lot of flasks in my time in the military and I can ‘hand on heart’ say that this is the best so far. Top Recommendation. I should also add that despite being thrown around in the snow, rolled under the car, and being dropped in the gym a few times it is still in tip top condition with not a scratch on it. Outstanding!
and so, the T-Shirt.
I should say that long-sleeved t-shirts are not my thing in the gym. I get too hot, too quickly. I’m not one of these CrossFitters who strips off, as you know (noone needs to see that!), and so what I wear has to fit and let me breathe.
I don’t know about you, but I think this t-shirt looks bloody good. I mean it. For a light grey t-shirt, I wasn’t expecting too much, to be honest, but this looks pretty great. For it to look that good though, it has to be quite snug and this is where I’ve fallen out with other t-shirts. Where this one is a real success, however, is that it is 95% bamboo. Yep, I’m quite clearly out of touch because I didn’t know you could get bamboo training kit – sure, I’ve had bamboo socks and the like but they just felt like brushed cotton – this is really different. 95% bamboo and 5% elastane, this is a little heavier than other training tees but that’s not noticeable when you’re wearing it. It stretches in all the right places and is far more breathable than cotton, that’s for sure. I comes with a downside though, and I said the review wouldn’t be all positive. For me, I want a logo or motif. I’m not a fan of plain t-shirts. However, because of the elastane (I suspect), you can’t put a logo on it – well, washing instructions do say, “do not iron design” and I assume this is what they meant – I really wanted to stick a great big Batman symbol on there! However, the shirts do come in a range of colours so I’m kind of being a bit picky here 😀
Typically, when I’m lifting or doing a CrossFit workout, I find that all of my t-shirts start to twist and get caught up under my arms and along my shoulders. This is the only shirt in my immense collection that it doesn’t happen to. The shirt remains in great shape for the whole workout. My fears of being too hot were also not realised at all. Sure, I’ve got a few sweat patches there but this was at the end of about 30 mins really hard graft, including bar over burpees, front squats, kettlebells swings and pull ups. I didn’t feel too hot at all.
All in all, I reckon this is a great little package from a new infiltrator in to the UK fitness apparel market. No gimmicks, nothing fancy, just really high quality merch that works time and time again. Personally, I reckon you should give it a go.
So, where can you find this new upstart?
On t’interweb at http://www.bodytek.life
On Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/bodytek_life
On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bodytek_life
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bodytek.life
Or checkout: #feelthechange on all your favourite platforms.
After having trialed this equipment, and to support a friend in the industry, I did agree to become part of their affiliate program. I feel that it’s only right and proper to be open and honest about these things when writing a review.