They loved him up and turned him into a… horny toad.
-Delmar, ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’
OK, so the video has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with this post, but it’s what I think of every time.
Back in October I was in Boulder Colorado checking out the Green House, and we were given Horny Toad gear to wear for our Saturday morning yoga class.
I am super picky about my clothes anymore, and I love my Horny Toad gear, in spite of the fact that what I have is a full size too small. More on that later.
It’s not cheap, just so we’re clear on that upfront. It’s meant to be quality wear that lasts, and I don’t mind paying for that.
Horny Toad is eco-friendly
Horny Toad is a Santa Barbara-based company that produces fitness and casual wear. The majority of their line is made with sustainable fibers like organic cotton, and ‘clean cellulosics such as Tencel® and Modal® and also recycled poly.’ They claim their products age well, and I believe it: they are definitely well-made. They also say that they look good longer, so you can go longer between washes, and I can go along with that. They don’t wrinkle up quickly and something about the texture of the color (if that makes any sense) makes them look freshly put-on for longer.
Horny Toad is responsible
- creation of the Planet Access Company: along with Search, a Chicago not-for-profit, PAC provides training and employment for those with developmental disabilities.
- In addition, they fund outdoor trips for PAC workers and Horny Toad employees.
- Horny Toad (and sister company Nau) locations are powered with energy from green-e certified wind farms. Employee commutes and sales force travels are offset for a lighter footprint.
- Support of local issues and events: it’s a long list.
- Voted by Outdoor magazine as a 2010 Best Place to Work, based on work environment, environmentally friendly business process and company-supported employee work-outdoor life balance.
Horny Toad fits true to size
Too bad for me, the only size options they had on hand were large and small. I am broad shouldered and tallish and don’t particularly like when my clothes get too grabby; I generally wear a medium for comfort. The small fits, but since yoga clothes are by nature form-fitting, the pants especially are more tight than I like. Fine for at-home and with a long layer overtop; not so fine for taking photos of myself and posting to the internet. Sorry, Charlie.
Horny Toad is good yoga and fitness wear for tall people
This is probably my favorite feature. The pants have two additional self-healing seams— meaning that they come to you long and you can cut to where you need them and they won’t fray. Usually workout pants are just a hair too short on me and I look stupid in my floods.
Horny Toad is wicked comfortable
I have a thing about seams. I don’t like to be aware of them. These seams don’t bug me in the least and I LOVE THEM. The fabric is also impossibly soft. If it weren’t for the fact that it’s a tad tight (giving me a slight grasshopper look) I’d probably live in my Horny Toad gear.
I DO practically live in my (not sure what to call it; it doesn’t have a hood) let’s say jacket. It’s slightly different than the one that the site has for sale right now (pictured below); it’s a full zip with a collar that I wear folded over or popped depending on my mood or the chill in the air. It’s soft and really warm without adding any bulk, and it doesn’t look like workout gear. The clean lines and quality fabric just make it look nice, not to mention slimming, and I wear it all the time.
Horny Toad offers an awesome guarantee
“Wear any Horny Toad piece, and if you don’t get a compliment within 3 wearings, send it back. Or, if you simply find something wrong with it, we’ll take it back for refund or replacement.” How about THAT?
Horny Toad has this dress.
Ever since I tried the Uniform Project I’ve been especially on the lookout for items that have multiple wear possibilities. I think I need this dress for summer.
Horny Toad seems like real people.
Go check out their website. They just seem like incredibly fun and genuine people with a social and eco conscience and exactly the kind of company I love to support.
Once I get a little cash in my hot little hands I’ll be buying fitness gear that actually fits me from Horny Toad ’cause I’m loyal like that.
What brands do you like to work out in?
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