Activewear has got to be a) comfortable and b) look good, am I right? I would be kidding myself if I didn’t admit to being one of those people that pretty much lives in their gym clothes, pre exercise, post exercise or no exercise. COMFORT COMFORT COMFORT. But I have to say, I’m not too worried about how it looks 24/7. I’ve been rocking a pair of tights for about a year (YES YOU CAN SEE MY UNDIES THROUGH THEM, YES I DESPERATELY NEED A NEW PAIR) that have a massive hole in the left knee. Picture this, Rebel Sport sale, new tights, mixed social netball that night, go for the ball the same time as a dude, WHAM, hit the deck, hole in new tights, it’s fair to say I wasn’t a happy girl, never mind the bruises.
So when purchasing activewear I’m always interested in a) & b) as well as c) price (Does anyone else refuse to pay full price at Rebel Sport? I’ll just wait for the sale thank you!) and d) quality.
I have a number of big brand items in my wardrobe that after the first wash will never be the same again. Pilling, shrinking, stretching and cracking logos. Don’t get me wrong, I also have a lot of items in my wardrobe from the same brands that are made of a higher quality and meet a number of my a) b) c) d) success criteria.
But what are we paying for when purchasing our active wear, the quality or the brand? Are we getting the quality for the price we pay? Or are we just buying into the trends and not really thinking about what we want out of our activewear?
Never fear, Morfa Active is here.
I decided to find an alternative. I wanted something local, a New Zealand brand. I love discovering, supporting and connecting with local businesses. Everywhere you turn passionate people are turning their dreams into a reality. So many GOAL DIGGERS! LOVE IT! I found Morfa on Instagram and got in contact with Gregory, the big chief. He was chuffed to collaborate with GDNZ knowing that after a chat on the phone we found our values, needs and opinions on activewear aligned. YAY. So Gregory generously sent me two pieces of his womens collection to wear, walk in, stretch in, jump in, sweat in so I could evaluate the situation.
FIRST THINGS FIRST, IS IT COMFORTABLE?
Yes. I wouldn’t have been living in them for a week, if they weren’t! I have been wearing size small which I’ve found has allowed for functionality when exercising and practicing yoga, room to move, but still very flattering. The dropped back hem on both tops means you’re covered at all times. This is a must for me!!
FOR DAYS WHEN I’M TRYING TO IMPRESS
These items are definitely something I can leave the house in, they effortlessly make me look like I’ve actually tried. The clean, simple design with slimming panels is very flattering, add in an eye catching pop of colour and I’m good to go.
IS IT IN THE BUDGET?
Absolutely. Yes! If you can’t tell, I am in love with both of these tops. I would happily pay full price. Extend Morfa Long Sleeve retails for a very competitive $55 NZD and the Strength Tank $45 NZD. They also do a Breathe T-Shirt that sits in the middle at $50 NZD. That’s where I’ll be heading next time when I’m in need of some more tops, I’m thinking the bright aqua, Spectra! (If you sign up for the Morfa newsletter, on their website, you get 10% off your first order)
If I had to make a comparison of the quality of Morfa, I would compare it to Lululemon. The material is high quality, soft to the touch, wicking, anti-shrink, and anti-bacterial (we’ll get to this next). I cannot comment on long term quality as I have only owned these item for a short time. BUT I will certainly keep you posted. First wash = like new.
IS MY GLORIOUS SWEAT GOING TO EMBED ITSELF AND NEVER BE WASHED OUT? YOU KNOW WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT
So far so good. LISTEN: I wore both tops for about a week straight, I was living in them. Gross. AND I’m a pretty heavy sweater, not a stinky one but theres a whole lot of moistness going on. After the first wash, the only thing they smelt like was my washing powder! TICK!
DOES IT COME WITH AN ANNOYING ‘LOOK AFTER ME I’M DELICATE’ STICKER
No!! I’m the chuck everything in, put it on cold wash and walk away girl. It doesn’t like the dryer though, to keep it’s bangin’ shape.
ANYTHING ELSE THAT MAKES ME WANT TO GO FILL UP MY SHOPPING CART RIGHT NOW?
The Extend Long Sleeve Morfa tops have thumbholes, yus! And unlike some other long sleeves tops I own, they do not cut into your hands. My hands have stayed warm, without stuffing them into my pockets on my chilly winter walks (Where are you spring? Seriously?!?) Another extra that I enjoy from the Morfa range is the removable tag. No annoying tickles in the middle of downward facing dog for me.
SUCCESS!! I believe I have found a more than adequate alternative New Zealand brand of activewear! I am hoping Morfa continues to expand their brand and their range and am looking forward to see what Gregory comes up with next.
If you know of a New Zealand brand of activewear that you think meets a) b) c) and d) please tell me all about it in the comments below! I’m always looking for alternatives and would love to hear from you.
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I am not in any way shape or form being paid for this review. I wished to Be More Mindful and chose to seek a local alternative activewear line. I approached Morfa. We agreed on a collaboration. All opinions are just that, opinions.