In this hands-on review, we’ll take a look at some of Allbirds most popular products to help you decide if they’re worth purchasing.
Allbirds generates a lot of buzz these days. They’re a sustainable brand known mostly for their athletic wear. In this review, we’ll take a look at their eco-friendly
Allbirds is an awesome activewear brand. It’s not perfect, but overall Allbirds is a high-quality brand with reasonable prices.
- Sustainably made
- Comes in a large variety of sizes
- Stylish, minimal aesthetic
- Great quality
- The price may be steep for some guys
- The Tree Dashers aren’t water-resistant
- The Natural Running Short only comes in 7″ length
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Allbirds was founded by Tim Brown and Joey Zwillinger, their mantra being “to create better things in a better way”. That mostly means sustainability.
The Allbirds site has tons of information about their sustainable practices, but if you don’t care to read all of it, just trust us: they’re making products in an environmentally conscious way.
For reference, I’m 6’1″ and 170lbs. I have a 37″ chest and usually wear Large tops. My ideal pants size is 32×32.
What I Tried
I tried a few products from Allbirds:
- Tree Dashers running shoes in the quartz colorway
- Natural Run Short in the shadow colorway
- Natural Run Tee in the oceanus colorway
Now, let’s get into the details of each product…
Here are my thoughts on each of the products I tried.
The Tree Dashers are a running shoe that sport a perfect minimal look. What else? They’re super comfortable. As in, they’ve made me question if I had been wearing crappy running shoes up until that moment. While I’ve worn running shoes from notable brands before, these are just next level.
First of all, look at them. They look fantastic. They have such an interesting design, and they come in all sorts of colors.
They also don’t choose form over function. The unique look of these shoes serves a purpose, which is to conform to your foot.
The shoes are lightweight and flexible. They conform to my foot in a comfortable way and don’t feel too tight.
I’ve worn them on several runs and I love them. They feel supportive of my feet, without having tons of arch support. I like that. It feels more natural than having a bulky insole, and I can tell that the muscles in my feet are working more than when I’ve worn shoes with more intense arch support.
The Dashers look great and feel great. For normal running conditions, they’re awesome.
One missing feature is water-resistance. Sometimes I run in the rain and may step into a puddle. I’d like for these shoes to keep my feet dry, but they don’t.
Allbirds does offer a water repellent variation of the Dasher, but (at the time of writing) they only come in one colorway.
To be honest, I don’t really understand why the company wouldn’t add some degree of water-resistance to the regular Dasher model.
Speaking of water, the Tree Dashers are machine washable which is a nice feature!
Natural Run Short
Right out of the gate, the Natural Run Shorts felt awesome. They’re lightweight, and they have a little bit of stretch to them. The material reminds me of high-quality swim trunks. They’re linerless, which I prefer.
The 7″ length suits my legs perfectly, but I know a lot of guys would prefer to have the option of 5″ or 9″ lengths (also…that’s what she said).
You wouldn’t know it because of the gaudy Puma socks I’m wearing, but I’m generally not into sporting logos. However, the logo on the back pocket of the Natural Run Short is minimal, and I appreciate that.
The pockets on these shorts are great. The front pockets are roomy, and the addition of the back pocket is nice.
Natural Run Tee
Out of all three products I tried, the Natural Run Tee might have been the most surprising. This shirt is so soft, comfortable and breathable.
It’s a tightly knit mesh material, but you probably wouldn’t be able to tell without looking at it very closely or wearing it. I don’t like the idea of mesh shirts, but the Natural Run Tee changed my mind. Here’s why: it’s super soft, breathable and keeps me cool, but it’s not see-through.
I hate the idea of seeing skin through a shirt. Luckily, that’s not a problem with the Natural Run tee.
There’s a small pocket on this shirt that I haven’t used and could do without, but hey, it looks pretty minimal so I don’t mind. Maybe it’ll come in handy one day.
Just like the Natural Run Shorts, this shirt sports a logo on the back. I do wish it were a little more subtle. I don’t like having a logo on my upper back, but it is still tasteful. It’s not like a gigantic Nike logo across your chest.
Also, I really dig the oceanus colorway of this shirt. For me, it’s perfect, but if you want something more subtle, Allbirds has you covered. They do offer more neutral colors.
Questions About Allbirds
Here are the answers to some questions you may have about Allbirds.
Is Allbirds Sustainable?
Yes! Allbirds have a huge emphasis on sustainable and ethical practices. You can read more about it on their site.
Where Does Allbirds Manufacture Their Products?
It looks like Allbirds sources materials and manufactures products from different locations. Two of which are in North and South America. Four of which are in Asia. See the map on this page for more info.
Does Allbirds Have Brick and Mortar Stores?
Yes, quite a lot of them actually. You can see the full list of their stores on this page.
Overall, I highly recommend Allbirds. The products I tried are stylish, high-quality and ethically made. Plus, the price is reasonable. It’s hard to beat that!
Have you tried any Allbirds products? What do you think of them? Leave a comment below to let us know!
You mentioned the socks in the review, and I was wondering what was up with the crew socks> I thought you hated crew socks….