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Best Seattle Shops for Workout Gear

Where to find local athletic wear (and stretchy pants).

By Chelsea Lin

Whether you're embarking on a fitness journey or simply looking for some new yoga pants to wear to brunch (no judgment here), elastic waistbands are a necessity—perhaps now more than ever. Hit up these local spots for the best in fitness wear; as usual, check websites for shopping protocols during Covid times.


Comfortably in the Venn diagram intersection of fashionable and functional, Kavu's style suits the sort of all-day active lifestyle (think corduroy leggings and quick-dry LBDs) many Seattleites wear as a badge of honor. The Ballard shop stocks it all, but don't miss the Delridge popup outlet for heavily discounted clothing from prior seasons and sample pieces at wholesale prices. Ballard


If you've spent a full four seasons in Seattle, you're likely well acquainted with REI—particularly its downtown flagship wonderland, complete with climbing wall and the coolest indoor treehouse to occupy antsy kids. Best known for its exceptional selection of outdoor gear, the outfitter also carries everything from indoor cycling shoes to the foam rollers you'll need afterward. South Lake Union


Appropriately located along the Burke-Gilman at Stone Way North, the headquarters of Seattle's favorite shoe company has an almost overwhelming assortment of options. Fortunately, staff are prepared to help, by first analyzing your gait, and then matching you with an appropriate choice of sneakers. The 90-day guarantee means you can try them on the muddy trails or the treadmill and return if they don't work out. Fremont


The key to a successful workout—for half the population anyway—starts and ends with the right sports bra. And Oiselle's University Village flagship has more than a dozen styles, including one with three pockets, among their thoughtfully constructed apparel selection, plus shorts they promise won't ride up, and reversible puffy jackets for when you spill coffee on yourself while walking the dog (just us?). University Village


Known among winter sports aficionados for its selection of ski and snowboard gear—for rent, too—Evo also stocks men's and women's workout apparel, including locally designed brands like Girlfriend Collective. The hip Fremont location has an impressive assortment of kids' clothing and gear, too, making it an easy one-stop shop for the whole family. Fremont


A no-brainer for any clothing needs, this hometown megastore doesn’t slouch in the fitness department, and there's much to be said for the fact that athletic wear and luxury pajama sets exist all in one location. Find big-name national brands like Nike and Adidas, but also local designers like SODO. Downtown

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