Tennis Attire Brands

Discussion in 'Adult League & Tournament Talk' started by Cindysphinx, Oct 29, 2007.

  1. Cindysphinx

    Cindysphinx G.O.A.T.

    Aug 31, 2006
    Which tennis brands in your experience tend to hold up better than others?

    Me, I've kind of settled into Bolle as my favorite brand. Their stuff is well and truly bullet-proof. I still have ever piece of Bolle I have ever bought.

    Tail is a bit more questionable. My sister had a blue and white tail shirt where the trim color ran into the white shirt part (gasp!). My red tail skirt is on its last legs, whereas its Lejay counterpart looks brand new. Sizing is sometimes inconsistent also.

    I steer clear of Nike, as I find it the most expensive brand. I am also between sizes, so nothing seems to fit.

    I've also stayed away from Under Armor. I bought one pair of bike shorts to go under a skirt, and they ride up so badly that I only wear them in Severe Laundry Emergencies. The rest of their line seems to have been designed for pre-teens in terms of the cut.

    Adidas is pretty nice and holds up well.

    Haven't tried the rest and wonder if anyone can vouch for them (BHB, Elesse, Diadora).

    Cindy -- who wonders why there is so much unfortunate tennis attire for women out there and thinking it can't be that hard to design a tennis get-up
  2. kevhen

    kevhen Hall of Fame

    Feb 20, 2004
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Adidas clothes looks ok but Adidas shoes wore out in a month for me. I used to wear Wilson shoes but Nike last as long, fit better, and aren't that much more expensive. I usually wear Nike clothes, headbands and wristbands too. They are more expensive but last longer and look better too.
  3. tennis-n-sc

    tennis-n-sc Professional

    Feb 22, 2004
    For me, I buy what fits me comfortably and the styles I like without regard to brand but have found that Nike and adidas work best for me. Same with adidas shoes. I've tried some Diadora that I was pleased with. My wife swears by Smash Gal, an online service for women.
  4. cak

    cak Professional

    Feb 23, 2004
    Bolle seems to be the favorite for team uniforms at our club, so you see a ton of Bolle up at the courts. One advantage of Bolle is their colors hold over for years. If you have a Bolle navy skirt from three years ago, it will match the Bolle navy tops they have out now.

    Nike manages to have enough different types of skirts with different fits that everyone can find some skirt that fits them. But that style may or maynot be in the color set you are looking at. And the color sets change from season to season, so this season's navy may or may not match last season's navy.

    Fila has some great outfits, but it runs pretty slim. Amazingly, if you have curves, the Fila dresses fit the best.

    Tail has some great classic pieces, that will last you forever. But often they are doing trendy things that last a season, and then you look at them and think "What WERE they thinking?" The advantage of Tail is their skirts are a bit longer, in case you were thinking of heading to the market on your way home from tennis. (Okay, I live in California, even old women in really short tennis skirts are seen in the market. Some of them even played tennis that day.)

    I used to love Adidas, but their styles have gotten a bit weird.

    There are also some smaller brands that I occasionally pick up. My favorite of those is Wimbleton.

    And for cheap tops/vest/jackets. I'm a big fan of the workout clothes at Target.
  5. BreakPoint

    BreakPoint Bionic Poster

    Feb 18, 2004
    Well, at least women have a lot more choices of styles and brands. I count from the left side menu on TW under "Men's Apparel" 22 different brands, whereas, they offer 30 different brands of Women's Apparel.

    I have to admit, though, I have never heard of many of these brands for women.
  6. Cindysphinx

    Cindysphinx G.O.A.T.

    Aug 31, 2006
    Yeah, what is up with that? All those freaky swirls and stripes and things that nip in the waist and then shoot out. Their shirts are long-ish, too, which is an absolute deal-killer for me. Gotta show off my navel piercing, doncha know. . . .


    Don't forget Costco for jackets. I'm still astounded that the main manufacturers expect me to pay $99 for a little warm-up jacket. Sorry. Not gonna happen.

    Yep, their tops are good. Their pants/skorts have Insufficient Spandex to do the, erm, work I need done . . .
  7. BreakPoint

    BreakPoint Bionic Poster

    Feb 18, 2004
  8. migjam

    migjam Professional

    Feb 19, 2004
    Pacific Northwest
    I too like Bolle. I like the design and fit. I would like to see more of their stuff offered by TW.
  9. andyluong2001

    andyluong2001 New User

    Jun 14, 2007
    Lacoste is awesome!
  10. D. Net Tricks

    D. Net Tricks New User

    Oct 16, 2007
    Another vote for Fila here. And while I hate paying full price for Nike stuff, I do love Nike Power Shorts.
  11. TheShaun

    TheShaun Hall of Fame

    Jun 9, 2007
    1)Target C9 - socks, shirts, running shorts
    2) BCG from Academy. especially the $7 tech t-shirts. lots of colours.

    too bad we don't have either of these in canada. i always load up when i'm down south.
  12. Topaz

    Topaz Legend

    Jun 18, 2005
    I used to swear by Adidas, but I also feel their designs have gone wonky. Plus, it doesn't fit me as well as it used to. I'm hanging onto my old stuff until it falls apart though!

    Nike is great, fits well, holds up, and I troll e*b*a*y or wait for the sales to find cheaper stuff. I'm a huge fan of the Nike power short as well!

    I have some Fila tops, but their bottoms tend to be too narrow and too long for me. I've never tried their dresses though.

    I just picked up two Ellesse dresses. Ellesse runs big for me, bigger than any other brand I've found, but I like the dresses.

    I have one Underarmour outfit...I like it, but got rid of the skirt...way too long!

    In general, all the 14" skirts are too long for me...I don't want it down to my knees! :) Might as well wear pants then!

    Ummm, I think that's it! Never tried Bolle or Lejay.
  13. Sakkijarvi

    Sakkijarvi Semi-Pro

    Jan 8, 2007
    Geared up

    Here's my list of stuff I'll be armed with for tonight's match. The Mineral Ice gets rubbed into my right shoulder and arm in the locker room prior to the match, like an instant warm-up that lasts. Same with the Gold Bond, liberally applied in the socks (must wear good socks), makes the feet feel like $1 million all match.

    As far as the comments in re Adidas stuff getting odd looking, I like simple stuff like these threads. All of my Adidas stuff has held up well. I switched from Barricade IV's to these Nike's and am happy (although I will slap on the Barricades if the plantar acts up as they provide more support).

    I keep the links to stuff I buy that I like and use:

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