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Not only rings: QALO ‘Active’ Gear First Look


QALO has more than your fingers covered with its clothing debut line and training equipment.

Walk through the crab, gym or trails and you’ll see: Everyone who is someone has a silicone ring (you know, if they’ve had Someone).These seemingly innocuous replacements for standard gold wedding bands — and other metal rings — revolutionized how active couples and outdoor individuals think of their jewelry.

But one of the leaders silicone ring space, QALO, has taken your adventure mind business to the next level: clothes and equipment. Launched this summer, QALO Active adds athletic shirts, shorts, heads, packed towels and more.

We have tried some of the first pieces of the Active QALO line to see what they bring to the adventure table.

In summary: QALO is not breaking the mold with its active line, but it comes right with construction and quality. The brand rests on its silicone roots to add some unique performance features. Therefore, brand fans and shopping for an outdoor ring could fill your cart with a hand-to-hand kit.

QALO Active Athletic Apparel

We tried a handful of products in our first look: the Athleisure Tee and Training Short, Sport Headband, Quick Dry Towel and No-Tie Laces. The shirt and shorts were produced in collaboration with the Born Primitive fitness brand.

No-Tie Laces

Unexpectedly, the star of the QALO Active program, for me, was the No-Tie Laces. These little stretched suckers make a bold, set-it-and-forget-it claim. According to QALO, the combination of spandex stretching and silicone stick will free users from having to tie and untie their shoes.

The stretch part, I understand. But the crunch of this proposed advance is the silicone accent that makes the cords (you can feel them while you run your fingers down). It feels like, well, small cut pieces of silicone ring, actually.

qualo no-tie laces on altra lone peak shoes
(Photo/Adam Ruggiero)

QALO would not know, but if these laces actually removed the knots from my footwear, I would sing their praises far and wide. You see, at some point between the kindergarten and 40, I forgot how to untie my shoes without creating a terribly stubborn disaster. I know I’m supposed to grab a rabbit by the ears, throw it around a tree, and put it in a hole, or something horrible like that, but footwear-tying has become increasingly a headache every day.

In addition, I have obsessed different ways of lace my shoes to accommodate high arches. Actually, I wrote a whole story in the best way to fit your running shoes based on the type of foot. But if QALO’s No-Tie laces were stretched and held as announced, they could also deny the need for him to lure them in unique and confusing ways.

So it works? I’m pleased to say:type. I put them, the standard shape, on a pair of old Altra Lone Peak shoes. The good news is that yes flex and I am convinced that I will not have to worry about the special loop schemes.

In addition, silicone bits do their sticky work admirably. These cords were not unleashed by themselves. This is great news for anyone frustrated by stopping the middle race to retrieve or retighten their laces.

He said, while I could slip the shoes without unpacking them, I just couldn’t slip into them. Try as I could, I still have to untie the shoes to Cinderella my way back to my slippers without a shoe horse.

While 8 dollars may seem heavy for a pair of shoe laces, I would say it’s a pretty solid deal for reflective and stretched laces that won’t untie and will probably last longer than the shoes on which they are.

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Sport Headband, Quick drying towel

QALO gave treatment similar to his Sport Headband. Like cords, it incorporates a mixture of spandex stretching and silicone stick. Like someone who is now and again with longer hair in an even longer summer career, this band is solid. It’s nothing revolutionary, but silicone inlays will keep this in place no matter how many unsubs.

qalo headband and towel
(Photo/Kendra Smith)

And the Quick drying towel, although not innovative, is a perfect complement for any training. I took it for a couple of heavy-bag routines on Arkansas summer dog days, and I made good use of it. The towel is very soft and very stretchable. So you get more surface for your dollar, without having to pull a giant beach towel over a shelf.

And, as advertised, they’re both wet to dry in minutes. The head runs $12 and the towel $16. But you can also remove the Active Bundles, which include cords, head and towel for $28.

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Athleisure Tee, Short training

The QALO line of clothing results from a brand collaboration withBorn Primitive. These are perfectly functional active clothing pieces, but nothing we haven’t seen before. Construction is a mixture of polyester and spandex. Both elements are humidity and dry relatively quickly — mostly not frills and only light mark.

QALO activewear stretching
(Photo/Kendra Smith)

Shorts. run a 7-inch inseam with two open pockets and a zipped back pocket on the left side. This is large enough to maintain a modern smartphone, although that is a polarizing preference while running for many.

If there is a particular advantage of the t-shirt / horse I eat here, it is the price. It is not the lowest absolute price on the market – a $45 for tee and $55 for shorts, are certainly not the most expensive options we have seen in active technical use.

If you want to save money on shipping — or on driving — you can throw this with the most outstanding QALO items and get it all in a large box.

In general, I’d say if you’re in the ring market — if you need suggestions, We got you covered. — you can run around the QALO site and add some other outdoor essentials knowing they are solidly built, and save the extra purchase.

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