Favourite tracksuit for autumn/winter play?

Isca

Rookie
It's starting to feel quite autumnal here already in the UK, which has me thinking about improving my cold weather tennis wardrobe. Anyone got any suggestions for a tracksuit that's comfortable, non-constrictive and breathable enough to play in recreationally? I don't need anything too warm as I run hot - something to take off the wind chill but not with much if any insulation would be ideal.
 

golden chicken

Professional
I usually warm up in a hoodie and nike or adidas wind pants and then lose the hoodie once warmed up. I have some long sleeve performance tees I like for cooler weather. Some Nike, some UA, etc.
 

Johnny505

Rookie
I have a pair of Nike Dri-Fit tennis pants with the mesh lining to stop the polyester fabric sticking to the skin when it gets too sweaty, works well blocking the cold without being bulky or too warm with good breathability. Only let down by the excessive baggy fit (they are 10+ years old) maybe current fall season has something similar but in a slimmer fit?
 

SinneGOAT

Professional
I usually wear sweatpants or sports pants and then a hoodie. Maybe a jacket if I have one with me, but I take the hoodie off before the pants. A favorite of mine is the Adidas Tiro 19 tracksuit.
 

bigserving

Hall of Fame
My cold-weather setup is a tightish fitting cotton t-shirt. A polyester shirt or polo over that. A sweater vest over that. Appropriate level of thickness of a hoodie or jacket over it all for traveling to and from and part of the warmup with a pair of pocketed sweat pants.

It is arms-free, non-restrictive and toastie warm in even in very cold temps.
 

jeep2008

New User
The real trouble is with doubles.It is challenging to keep warm during your partner's serve game.So amateurs doubles outdoor players,what do you wear?
 

Isca

Rookie
My cold-weather setup is a tightish fitting cotton t-shirt.
I guess you're not a heavy sweater - for me, even in winter I sweat a lot as soon as get active, and cotton retains moisture and quickly gets heavy, wet and uncomfortable. I avoid cotton baselayers like the plague at all times of year.
 

Isca

Rookie
The real trouble is with doubles.It is challenging to keep warm during your partner's serve game.So amateurs doubles outdoor players,what do you wear?
Yeah, that's my problem - autumn/winter rec doubles under floodlights at an outdoor court in an English countryside valley, so it's often cold with damp air. Hard to keep core temp up and avoid ending up wet with sweat. I've just ordered an Adidas tracksuit (SST) so will see how that performs.
 

bigserving

Hall of Fame
I guess you're not a heavy sweater - for me, even in winter I sweat a lot as soon as get active, and cotton retains moisture and quickly gets heavy, wet and uncomfortable. I avoid cotton baselayers like the plague at all times of year.
A cotton layer close to the skin helps very much to keep warm.

If you sweat when you are playing, it would seem that you are not having any issues with staying warm.
 

Isca

Rookie
A cotton layer close to the skin helps very much to keep warm.

If you sweat when you are playing, it would seem that you are not having any issues with staying warm.
If it works for you, I am not gonna tell you you're wrong for you, but cotton is objectively not the best material for high output activities.

For people who run hot like me, the problem with a game like tennis - at least playing doubles at recreational level in the cold part of the year in Northern Europe - is that there are bursts of activity interspersed with periods of cooling. This means that yes, I heat up quickly and I sweat, but then I cool off.

Cotton is terrible for such stop-start activity. It saturates with sweat, and as I cool, it gets clammy and cold.

Lightweight synthetic wicking baselayers, on the other hand, move the sweat away and allow it to evaporate, keeping me dry.

My absolute favourite baselayer for any physical activity is the Brynje Super Thermo. It's amazing at keeping you a consistent temperature, by trapping air pockets whilst also quickly moving sweat away from your skin.

Of course, you can't wear it on its own unless you want to look like Rab C Nesbitt.

There's a reason that ABC is a favourite acronym of the hiking community - Anything But Cotton. If you look around, almost all sporting clothing is synthetic, with the exception of retro-inspired garments that are aimed at the fashion market rather than for actual physical activity.

Anyway, this thread was about tracksuits, not baselayers. I'm very happy with my current baselayers, most of which are repurposed from hiking.
 

bigserving

Hall of Fame
If it works for you, I am not gonna tell you you're wrong for you, but cotton is objectively not the best material for high output activities.

Anyway, this thread was about tracksuits, not baselayers. I'm very happy with my current baselayers, most of which are repurposed from hiking.
All I can say is to give it a try for yourself. I use it, and I have turned on six or eight other people who also use it now. Best of luck.
 

Isca

Rookie
All I can say is to give it a try for yourself. I use it, and I have turned on six or eight other people who also use it now. Best of luck.
I have done. Does not work for me, for the reasons I gave above. Best of luck to you too!
 

Jay_The_Nomad

Professional
Layer up and peel off as you heat up... that’s the key.

I usually run a merino wool base layer (always long sleeved) under a short sleeved dri fit/polyester shirt. If it’s particularly chilly I’ll use a long sleeved shirt with a thicker fabric. Keeps me warm enough down to about 10deg / 50 f.

late autumn early spring I’ll use a wind breaker light jacket on top. Mid winter I’ll use a polar fleeced sports jacket. I peel off the jacket usually after about 20 minutes of warm up/play.

The real problem for me is the pants. I hate the pockets of track pants. So I usually default to wearing thermals under tennis shorts so I can use proper tennis pockets. So yes I do rock the cirque du soleil look on the court.

If the weather is too cold for the above get up, then it’s time for some indoor tennis.
 

Isca

Rookie
The real problem for me is the pants. I hate the pockets of track pants. So I usually default to wearing thermals under tennis shorts so I can use proper tennis pockets. So yes I do rock the cirque du soleil look on the court.

If the weather is too cold for the above get up, then it’s time for some indoor tennis.
Yeah, I was thinking I might just try my thicker compression leggings under shorts. Sadly no indoor courts near me, and even if there were I have a feeling the pandemic will limit access to indoor facilities this winter!
 

hurworld

Hall of Fame
I just wear compression long sleeve top and bottoms (the ones catered to runners are great) under my usual top and shorts. Zipped hoodie to warm up then taken off later.
 
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