This is, for me, by far the hardest area of veganism so far – finding decent training gear. I would greatly welcome any suggestions!
Note: It has been years since I worked in a running shop, so my knowledge is probably outdated. Vegan8 has put together a much more comprehensive guide.
All Brooks running shoes (walking model contains leather)
All New Balance running shoes
All Mizuno running shoes
Any Asics running shoe with the letter N in the product code
Boxing and Thai boxing
Cheap synthetic gear is often vegan but will begin to smell and deteriorate very rapidly!
Twins Special Synthetic Glove – I haven’t tried these but Twins are a great brand, and their synthetic gloves are made to order so they’re not just a cheap alternative
Vehement Wolfheart X1 Boxing Glove – Specifically denoted as vegan, organic, Europe-based (Germany?), these have only recently cropped up and are the best all-round option I have seen. I can’t vouch for the quality as I haven’t tried them, but we need more companies like this and I’m really excited to see them bring more products out (shin guards? 8-14oz boxing gloves? MMA gloves? Rashguards and zip-free tights for grappling?… Please?)
I use a set of Contender synthetic 10oz gloves and shinpads, which my first Thai boxing instructor at Lumpini in Southampton managed to hunt down for me, but I can’t seem to find them online… They have been fantastic and the best-fitting shinpads I have ever tried for my little legs, so I would highly recommend them if you can find them!
Still investigating… Watch this space!
There are actually more vegan golf gloves out there that you would think at first glance. Many clearly state “leather” on the front of the packaging and it takes a close look at the materials list to realise it is all synthetic. Most all weather gloves will be synthetic as leather will crack after repeated exposure to moisture.
I use Biotone Dual Purpose Massage Creme. It contains arnica and ivy extract, as well as aloe vera, vitamin E, and various oils to soothe the skin. A little goes a long way, and doesn’t get absorbed by the skin like a lotion, nor does it slip and slide like an oil – it provides a smooth glide whilst allowing some friction when necessary. Paraben free, animal free, and cruelty free.