New York-based activewear brand Ten Thousand and famed ultra-endurance athlete Rich Roll have come together for an Earth-friendly running line, titled the FAR Collection. The capsule, which has been a year in the making, is comprised of four performance-driven pieces that combines conservation and innovation. A thoughtful and considered approach to its many details is achieved with recycled materials and eco-conscious fabric treatments.
The featherweight 5” FAR Short ($78 USD) is made from sweat-wicking and quick-drying recycled fabrics. Its shell uses 88% recycled polyester and 12% spandex while the inner lining is comprised of 90% recycled nylon and 10% elastane. The running short features a no-chafe design to enhance comfort as well as a no-bounce center back pocket to secure phones and low profile key pocket built into the waistband.
The FAR Shirt is available in short sleeve ($54 USD) and long sleeve ($64 USD) options and constructed from 100% recycled polyester mesh. Like the short, its highly breathable fabric wicks sweat away and keeps runners dry while sporting a no-snag and no-pill design.
Rounding out the capsule is the FAR Beanie made using a mix of 72% EcoVero Viscose, which is sourced from renewable wood, and 28% polyester. The running accessory can be worn cuffed or uncuffed and was carefully designed for superior retention to ensure a long-lasting fit.
All FAR Collection item utilize an eco-friendly Polygiene Biostatic permanent anti-odor treatment that ensures the products stay fresh even after repeated wears and without washing. The entire collection is also Bluesign and GRS-certified vegan. Fully recycled paper is used to develop the collection’s trimming like hangtags, zipper tape, cords, which also use a 100% bio-based TPU tip. Each piece is available in black and mountain view green and features FAR branding subtly placed throughout.
“I am wildly proud of this rewarding collaboration – a next-level, sustainably made men’s run gear collection crafted from recycled materials dubbed Free Association Run – aka FAR,” said Roll in the collection’s press release. The vegan and full-time wellness & plant-based nutrition advocate sees running not just as a healthy activity, but a freeing opportunity of ideas and exploration. He hopes the FAR collection is a way for others to tap into this philosophy, whether it’s using running as a quick jolt in your mood or a long run to “expand your soul” while centering yourself.
“For me, running is of course about performance – a vector in which Ten Thousand excels. But it’s also about connection with self. With others. And with the environments we navigate,” said Roll. “It’s also about creativity – the ruminations that flow in lockstep with an elevated heart rate. A moving meditation synchronous with breath. And how the free associations that percolate while running help us make sense of ourselves. Our place in the world. And the authentic expressions we are all here to share for the benefit of others. This is what FAR is about.”
Ten Thousand is an apparel brand that aims to strip away any “BS” and “gimmicks” from the activewear industry while sticking to classic quality and highly-technical performance gear. It often collaborates with athletes such as pro CrossFitters and record-holding endurance runners in order to create clothing that can perform at the highest level. Working with Roll, who has clocked top finishes at Ultraman World Championships and continues to lead a community of other inspired athletes, allows the brand to not only learn from another great in terms of performance but also sustainability.
“I can think of few contemporary athletes that are as inspiring as Rich Roll. His plant-powered lifestyle has motivated countless individuals around the world to rethink their diet, exercise regimens, and overall way of life,” said Ten Thousand Founder and CEO, Keith Nowak. “Rich, a fierce competitor known for completing some of the world’s most grueling challenges, as well as a renowned author and podcaster, and transformative example of courageous and healthy living, led the entirety of the development process, from ideation to final product. After a year of prototyping and testing, we’re thrilled to present a sustainable, high-performance run kit built for athletes who, like Rich, run not only to benefit their body, but to care for their mind.”
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