Olympic Editorial

Chafic is an athlete, passionate sports viewer & regular contributor to Altitude Sports writing team.

Olympic Editorial

Our Gold Medal Gear For Supporting & Competing

The Tokyo 2020 Games are well underway, featuring fierce competition, fired-up athletes and sharper-than-ever outfits.

Keeping up with all the action, however, is a high-performance discipline of its own. Luckily, our top picks will keep you both feeling and looking fantastic.

Below we reveal our favourite apparel & gear that’ll make you feel like a champ every time.

Let’s dive into the best Olympics-inspired, podium-level training, performance and sofa-ready gear!


You know those outfits you rock equally well in the gym, at work, and after-hours? That’s athleisure at its most stylish. It’s functional, comfortable, and surprisingly technical.

Our first set of picks nail that athleisure flair, inspired by post-workout wear and rest days.

icebreaker Tech Lite SS Low Crewe T-Shirt
Considered icebreaker’s most versatile tech t-shirt, the Tech Lite SS Low Crewe is an aesthetically modest yet functionally awesome piece of athleisure. Thanks to its Merino wool construction, the tee is lightweight, breathable, odour-resistant, and fast-drying. For wear around the office, the Crewe pairs nicely beneath an unstructured blazer.

Champion Reverse Weave Pullover Hoodie
Whether you’re working up a sweat on the track or sitting cozily at your desk, the Champion Reverse Weave Pullover Hoodie is an essential athleisure sweater. The minimalist design features a low-key embroidered ‘C’ logo on both the chest and sleeve. Inside, the brushed fleece is soft to the touch, while the outside kangaroo pouch offers some much-needed storage that your yoga pants sorely lack.

Lolë Olivie Crop Jogger Pants
Take your casual style up a notch with these Olivie Crop Jogger Pants. Made for chilling at home, days on the go around the city, and laid-back weekends at the cottage, these pull-on, regular rise pants are cropped in the leg for a more summery look and can be easily adjusted at the waist with the drawstring.

Alo Yoga High-Waist Airbrush Legging
The holy grail of athleisure and the garment that started it all: yoga pants. Meet the Alo Yoga High-Waist Airbrush Legging. With a five-inch rise and contoured design, these leggings are both flattering and understated. The lined, gusseted crotch and four-way-stretch fabric allow for freedom of movement, while the absence of side seams give them a streamlined look. The only problem with such versatile leggings is forgetting to take them off!

Patagonia Altvia Trail Pants
Trail-ready office slacks? The Patagonia Altvia Trail Pants represent an athleisure milestone. The four-way stretch fabric is comfortable whether you’re sitting at your desk all day or ascending Mount Washington. Meanwhile, a DWR finish stops moisture at the surface, whether it’s a sudden downpour or a spilled drink. Best of all, the slim-fit design gives these pants a flattering, streamlined appearance.

The North Face Canyonlands Hoodie
Stretchy, durable, and soft to the touch, the Canyonlands Hoodie by The North Face is an understated and reliable companion, from the boardroom to the campfire. Zippered hand pockets offer ample storage and warmth, while a zippered breast pocket is perfect for stashing your phone.

Arc’teryx A2B Polo Shirt SS
As far as tops go, nothing is quite as versatile as the classic polo - business from the chest up and casual from the chest down. What makes the Arc’teryx A2B Polo Shirt particularly versatile, however, is its Merino-polyester construction.

Picture Aktiva Shorts
Highly durable yet versatile and comfy, the Aktiva short is the perfect match for high-intensity outdoor and lounging activities. The three-material construction offers durability & unsurpassed freedom of movement

Training for Paris 2024?

If cheering from the sidelines is inspiring you to start training for your own medal, we’ve zoned in on the most versatile athletic techwear to take you from couch potato-ist to gold medalist.

Arc’teryx Atom LT Hoody
A true athlete never stops training - not even in winter. For those serious about earning their podium status, the right gear lets you persevere through even the most bitterly cold days. The Arc’teryx Atom LT Hoody is an insulated lightweight jacket perfect for high-intensity outdoor sports.

Brooks Drive 3 Pocket Run Bra
Normal bras aren’t suited to high-performance sports. They’re known for underarm burns and chaffed shoulders. That’s why a sports bra is key. For extended periods training, the Brooks Drive 3 Pocket Run Bra is awesome. Bonded seams reduce friction and chafing, while three pockets (a mesh pocket on either side and a phone pocket in back) leave plenty of room for all your essentials.

Arena Solid Swim Pro Lining Swimsuit - Women’s
For fitness and competition swimmers, the arena Solid Swim Pro Lining Swimsuit is a solid choice. The ergonomically designed back offers excellent support and a secure fit while swimming laps. 100% chlorine resistance makes it great for indoor pool swimming, while UPF50+ face fabric makes it ideal for outdoor use.

Under Armour UA Play Up 3.0 Shorts
Smooth, light, and airy, the Under Armour UA Play Up 3.0 Shorts will keep you cool and dry through any HIIT workout or scorching summer run. Anti-odour tech prevents odour-causing bacteria from growing, while the curved hem creates a flattering fit.

Arc’teryx Beta AR Jacket
Severe weather can’t stop a gold medalist in-the-making. For extreme outdoor conditions, the Arc’teryx Beta AR Jacket has got you covered. It’s packable, water-resistant, breathable, and durable. Whether you’re mountain biking or climbing, the DropHood lets you wear a helmet comfortably beneath your hood. A Recco reflector in the collar substantially increases safety in the event of an emergency.

On Trail Breaker Long Sleeve
From the brand that brought you the revolutionary Cloud running shoes, meet the On Trail Breaker Long Sleeve top. The super soft cotton-modal construction is comfortable and odour-resistant. Features thumb holes for colder days and a peek-a-boo slit for your smartwatch. A raised collar and half-zip let you insulate or vent heat with ease.

Arc’teryx Incendo Pant
For a versatile and lightweight pair of pants, look no further than the Arc’teryx Incendo Pant. These slim-fit pants are perfect at the gym, on your bike, and while you run. The minimal elastic waistband is comfortable and won’t lead to chafing, while stretch nylon is flexible and moisture-wicking. Features one rear zip pocket and one rear phone pocket.

Arena Light Touch Mid Jammer - Men’s
Quick-drying and durable, the arena Light Touch Mid Jammer are designed for fitness and competition swimming. The UPF50+ face fabric makes it ideal for outdoor use, while the 100% chlorine resistance works great for indoor pool swimming, too.

Look the Part: What the Tokyo 2020 Athletes are Rocking

Inspired by our Canadian Olympic athletes? Pay homage to these heroes by rocking their look. We’ve selected some of our trendiest pieces of gear from some of the top brands we’ve spotted at the Games.

Garmin Venu Watch
To stay on top of your game and track your progress, nothing beats a smartwatch. The Garmin Venu Watch is arguably best-in-class. With a beautiful and easy-to-read AMOLED display, the Venu comes preloaded with more than 20 sports apps—from running and biking to swimming and yoga. Also includes personalised training plans for 5K, 10K, half-marathon, and marathon runs.

Oakley Sutro Sunglasses Eyeshade Kokoro - Prizm Black Lens - Unisex
Originally inspired by the Tokyo Olympics, the Kokoro line was released in 2020 despite the event being postponed. Designed by the vibrant visionary artist Meguru Yamaguchi, the line is a synthesis of athletic functionalism and spiritual ascension. In Japanese, kokoro means heart, mind, and spirit—a theme reflected throughout the entire Kokoro line.

HOKA Clifton 8 Running Shoes
Comfortable, lightweight, and award-winning, the latest iteration of HOKA’s Clifton is better than ever. The Clifton 8 running shoes (women’s; men’s) are more streamlined than any of its predecessors, while an all-new midsole compound is even more lightweight and springy than before. This is the perfect road shoe for both training and race-day

Osprey Duro 1.5L With 1.5L Reservoir
Whether you’re going the distance on bike or by foot, you need to stay hydrated. The best-selling Osprey Duro 1.5L With 1.5L Reservoir allows you to carry up to 3 litres of water at once. An ergonomic construction fits snug against your body and prevents bounce. Meanwhile, the rugged ripstop-nylon fabric is durable across an array of terrain and weather conditions.

Canadian Brands at the Olympics

While supporting our Canadian athletes in Tokyo, why not support some of our favourite Canadian brands back home? Here’s a look at our nation's top performers.


For more than three decades, Garneau has supported Canadian athletes, from local competitions to international events. And this year’s Tokyo Olympics are no different, with Garneau sponsoring cyclists in a variety of categories, from road racing to mountain biking.

Our Men’s Pick

Garneau Optimum 2 Shorts
A solid entry-level cycling short, the Garneau Optimum 2 Shorts are both comfortable and affordable. The Italian-made chamois offers ample padding whether you’re skimming down a smooth road or navigating a rocky trail. They’re breathable, quick-drying, and flexible.

Our Women’s Pick

Garneau Tri Power Lazer Triathlon Shorts
Designed to swim, bike, and run, the Garneau Tri Power Lazer Triathlon Shorts are a highly technical garment. The 9.75” inseam supports your thighs and encourages circulation. In the rear, coldblock treatment reflects UV rays to keep your body temperature from spiking. Made from breathable and fast-drying Italian chamois.

Reigning Champ
Reigning Champ

Founded in 2007 in Vancouver, Reigning Champ has earned its place in fashion by bridging the divide between technical activewear and minimalist lifestyle digs.

Our Men’s Pick

Reigning Champ Coach Jogger
The Reigning Champ Coach Jogger is packed with features: they’re water-repellent, anti-microbial, and constructed with Primeflex, a four-way stretch fabric that maintains its shape while resisting odours and wrinkles. In terms of fit, the tapered leg and cuffed hem deliver a slim and streamlined look. Very dope, indeed.

Our Women’s Pick

Reigning Champ Cuffed Sweatpant - Lightweight Terry
Looking for a pair of relaxed-fit sweatpants with the perfect drape? Ladies, meet the Reigning Champ Cuffed Sweatpant - Lightweight Terry. Available in three tonal colourways, these 100% Pima Cotton pants are soft against your legs, while the Jersey-lined pockets are soft against your hands. Perfect for kicking back on chill days or throwing on after a serious workout. Handcrafted in Canada.


Though established in 2014, Ciele has become one of the hottest-selling headwear brands around. Their running and cycling caps challenged the status quo of what a training hat could and should be. Instead of thick woven fabrics and little mesh windows, Ciele designed a technical hat that could keep you cool under the beating sun. Best of all, these lightweight caps can be easily stuffed into your pocket.

Our Pick

Ciele LRCap Clean - Unisex
The Ciele LRCap Clean is made for those who run. The weightless design means it won’t cause chafing or discomfort on your head, while the fast-drying COOLWick Zoom Mesh will keep you dry. A reflective detail on the rear keeps you safe during night runs.

La maison Inland
La Maison Inland

Inspired by a mix of bauhaus design and timeless adventure, La Maison Inland is a Canadian watch company that values simplicity, symmetry, and natural colours. These timepieces are perfect for the globetrotter, as they feature 100-metre water resistance and a durable, authentic leather strap. 

Our Men’s Pick

The August 41mm Watch
The austere, monochrome August 41mm Watch by La Maison Inland is an ode to classic manliness. The domed sapphire crystal adds a sense of dimension to this otherwise minimalist timepiece, while the cream- and sand-coloured details pop against the black pearl dial. The strap is genuine Italian leather. Includes a five-year warranty.

Our Women’s Pick

The June Petite 34mm Watch
Designed as a nostalgic nod to early horology, the June Petite 34mm Watch is a quiet masterpiece. The soft sand-coloured dial is balanced nicely by navy blue details. Meanwhile, the polished copper hands and crown stand in subtle relief against the matte, brushed copper bezel. And with their five-year warranty, La Maison Inland has got you covered.

The Finishing Line

From the couch to the podium, Altitude Sports has got Canadians covered during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Whether you’re on the hunt for trendy athleisure wear or technical activewear, our Olympic-inspired picks have got something for you. 

To all our talented Canadian athletes and awesome Canadian brands - never stop hustling!

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