Like previously stated in Part 1 of this series, the apparel one choses to wear while exercising or playing a sport can excel one’s performance or hinder it.  Here are even more of the best apparel brands to wear based on the activity, sport, or exercise you are doing.


Along with running, basketball has one of the highest demands for shoes in all of sports.  Basketball shoes can be some of the most expensive athletic shoes you can buy, ranging in the thousands.  However, you do not need to spend a ridiculous amount for shoes to perform to the highest degree.  Nike is a brand that gives you not only quality but affordability.  Their shoes focus on both stability and agility.  Nike has worked for decades perfecting and modifying their products for professional performance.  As far as clothing, the best clothing choices for basketball include brands like Adidas, Nike, and Under armor.  It is important to choose material that will work to keep your body cool throughout the strenuous activity involved in basketball.


One of the main motivations for going on a hike is to get away from any distractions.  One of the biggest distractions one can encounter while hiking is discomfort due to improper gear and clothing.  Discomforts while hiking can range from overheating due to non-breathable clothing to blisters from too tight of hiking boots.  If you are getting into hiking, it is wisest to go to a specialty store like REI to try on different hiking boots.  Whether you have wide feet or have high arches, there is a hiking boot out there for everyone. All you need is the patience to take the time to try on the different styles and brands.  Some of the most reliable brands for hiking boots include: Salomon, Merrell, and Vasque.  If you are looking for a hiking sandal, look no further than brands like Chaco, Keen, and Teva.  When it comes to clothing, go-to brands that are good for cold or hot weather include: Columbia, Mountain Hardware, Patagonia, and Marmot.

Whether you are hiking a mountain or swimming laps in a pool, proper apparel gives you the freedom to enjoy your sport or activity without reserve.  Take the time to treat yourself, gear up, and go!