Across the Universe

As I’ve alluded to many times this month, the new year often brings about resolutions to do better, do more, do something different than the previous year. If your goals for 2016 include a fitness regime, then understand that one of the best things you can do to motivate yourself to show up is to make sure you love the gear you’re working out in. If your ratty old gym clothes have seen better days, or if you want to implement a ‘reward’ system for hitting certain milestones, then you’ll definitely want to learn about today’s featured brand.

RYU Active Wear

RYU – an acronym for Respect Your Universe – is a new Canadian fitness wear brand out of Vancouver. Their aim is to create active wear designed with a multi-disciplined athlete in mind; products that perform just as good as they look, with sleek clean lines, cutting edge innovation and helpful benefits while you’re getting your sweat on. With a newly opened flagship store in Vancouver and a fabulous online site, it’s a perfect destination for anyone with fitness goals or for those that already live an active lifestyle and want to try another new brand. Today I’m going to show you a few of my fave products and highlight why the brand rocks!

RYU Teclayr Bra Top

TecLayr Bra Top – $57 each
Here’s a great example of RYU’s innovation at work – these fitted tops double as a sports bra or a fitness top. Designed to support your bod with padding and inner bra support, this awesome top also has an internal mesh insert to help ventilate and a hidden pocket to stash say, your gym fob or a key. It’s also got a super smooth all over look, which is a big part of RYU’s design aesthetic – no unnecessary bunching at the hem or digging into the armpit. Meet your new fave workout top!

RYU TecLayr Every Wear Jogger

TecLayr Everywear Urban Jogger – $120
When I first laid eyes on these pants I was like, ‘Huh. It looks almost inspired by men’s trousers.’ And indeed, these super versatile men’s workout pants are designed for more than just hitting the track (or the pavement). Made in Canada, these sweat-wicking pants have a flattering, pant-like cut that makes them ultra comfortable to wear at the gym…but that superb fit also translates into wearing them while lounging around the house or even going out with friends (if you dress them up right). Just another reason to justify that purchase!

RYU TecLayr 2-in-1 Booty Short

TecLayr 2n1 Training Short – $60
These shorts are pretty much my workout dream. If you’re like me and you don’t love the look of something super fitted but you also don’t like the potential for overexposure with a loose short, these 2n1 shorts are a godsend! The wide waistband keeps these shorts from riding up, while the dual layer allows you to feel totally comfortable and fierce when hitting the treadmill. The list of features on these shorts is actually crazy, with awesome little details like a loop so you can hang them up when having a shower. I’d also like to point out that apart from offering their products in a range of hues (these shorts also come in bright blue and hot pink), RYU also offers an extended range of sizes, from XS to XXL. There’s no discriminating for those who want to get fit!

RYU Quick Pack Lux

Quick Pack Lux – $157
RYU has a neat section of their site that divides their products into ‘collections’ for different types of athletes and different parts of your day. A couple of them are still pending as the brand rolls out more new awesome products, but one covers the ‘to and from’ of your day, whether to the gym, work, or anywhere in between. It includes RYU’s cool lineup of bags, like the one you see above, which is perfectly suited for your workout bag but also makes a great carry-on, weekend bag, or backpack for students. Designed to be ridiculously lightweight, this amazing bag zips all the way down the front to function as a ‘locker’, is water and scuff resistant, and even has a padded laptop pocket for all you business types.

RYU OutrLayr Insulated Henley Jacket

OutrLayr Insulated Henley Jacket – $173
As you may have noted in this post, RYU is very much all about layering. Which  makes sense – as a Canadian brand, they get that for LARGE portions of the year, we have to bundle up if we want to work out in the great outdoors. The good news is, their products are designed for easy layering, but are also engineered to feel super lightweight so you don’t have visions of the Stay-Puft Man whilst jogging. Case in point? This cuddly jacket that wears like a sweater but warms like a coat. Insulated for your comfort, it’s great to throw on when warming up, or for jaunts to and from the gym. That high collar also keeps the wind out if you’re going for an outdoor run, so you can skip an extra scarf layer.

I really can’t say enough good things about this new brand. From the fact they’re Canadian (and make some of their products here) to their affordable pricing to their high tech, innovative design features, there’s really nothing more I could ask for from a fitness brand! And to celebrate their launch, RYU has teamed up with me to give away an OutLayr Insulated Henley Jacket! Here’s how to enter for your chance to win:

1) First & foremost: you must be a subscriber to the Canadian Gift Guide to enter this giveaway. It’s as simple as finding ‘The Gift of Gab’ box in the righthand column and dropping in your email or clicking follow. Then leave me a comment below by February 8, 2016, with a link to your favourite product(s) on the RYU website.

2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around February 9, 2016 to select the winner, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.

3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible for this promotion.

4) Bonus Entry #1: Follow RYU on Instagram and either Regram one of their photos or share a photo from their site onto your own feed. Whichever option you pick, be sure to tag them in it! And leave a separate comment below with a link to your Instagram post.

5) Bonus Entry #2: Follow RYU on Twitter and Tweet about this giveaway, tagging them + me (@cdngiftguide) and linking back to this post!

6) Bonus Entry #2: Like RYU on Facebook and leave a wall post about your favourite product from their site.


193 Responses to “Across the Universe”
  1. janicour says:

    I think I like this best, although there are a few things that caught my eye. This would be so versatile.

  2. Janice says:

    I have always wanted to try a sports bra like this and this one has some awesome colours

  3. doreen lamoureux says:

    I subscribe by email.
    I really love this top –

    dorcontest at gmail dot com

  4. Kim K says:

    I’m a subscriber. My favourite product is the Teclayr Long Sleeve Top for women

  5. mcmc says:

    the women’s insulated jacket looks nice

  6. cconway says:

    I love the black OutrLayr jacket! Very hip as well as functional!

  7. cookie3 says:

    Love the look of the OutrLayr Insulated Henley Jacket .I like the fact that it looks awesome & is light weight & not bulky.

  8. connieD says:

    My favourite is the Outlayr Henley, it would be perfect for our B.C. climate.

  9. Jennifer C. says:

    Bonus Entry #3: I follow RYU on Facebook. I posted on their wall, too. Here is the link:

  10. Jennifer C. says:

    Bonus Entry #2: I follow RYU on Twitter! Check out my tweet:

  11. Jennifer C. says:

    Bonus Entry #1: I follow RYU on Instagram! Here is the link to my regram:

  12. Linda says:

    would like to try the urban jogger. Looks stylish and yet functional

  13. kristina johnston says:

    I like the OutrLayr Insulated Henley Jacket is my favourite (I especially like the high collar).

  14. Alison K says:

    I’m a subscriber to the Canadian Gift Guide. My favourite product on the RYU website is their Quick Pack LUX

  15. Alison K says:

    Bonus Entry #1: Following RYU on Instagram and Regrammed/shared a photo from their site

  16. Alison K says:

    Bonus Entry #2: Followed RYU on Twitter and Tweet about this giveaway

  17. Daniela Plume says:

    I absolutely love the women’s jacket in black. It is my favourite piece on the site.

  18. Diane G says:

    I like the OutLayr Insulated Jacket and the TecLayr EveryWear Pant.

  19. Renee Lacasse says:

    I love the OutLayr Insulated Henley

  20. S. Hirano says:

    It was hard to choose my favourite since they have very nice items. Here is a link to their Teclayr Eveywear Capri

  21. Deanna Barkley says:

    I’d like to try the OutrLayr Insulated Henley Jacket. The sports bras also look interesting.

  22. Lynn M says:

    I like the TECLAYR long sleeve top.

  23. toni v says:

    I love love the outlier insulated henley jacket

  24. All the clothing is beautiful but I especially love the insulated Henley Jacket.

  25. aarone mawdsley says:

    id like to win a jacket

  26. Mary Warner says:

    I like The Quick Pack Luxe

  27. Myra says:

    Great stuff !

  28. Barb Minnick says:

    These are great clothes but especially love the jacket

  29. corkrose says:

    I love the idea that these are Canadian & love the array. Love the best though.


  30. Following on Instagram

  31. Kim says:

    I would love the Henley Jacket. It looks lightweight and durable

  32. Anita Spudich says:

    Love the jacket here to win

  33. darlene boyle says:

    urbain joggers

  34. Shelley N says:

    I like the men’s TECLAYR SHORT SLEEVE CREW NECK TEE in dusk blue heather. It would be great for my husband.

  35. Elizabeth Vlug says:

    Looks like a great brand and I love the Henley jacket. Also love these capris:

  36. redlizzy1 says:


  37. Barb Minnick says:

    Love the outer layer insulated jacket for the outdoor sports I do.

  38. redlizzy1 says:

    Facebook comment:

  39. Patricia Curtis says:

    Would like to have for my granddaughter

  40. Rita says:

    would love to try these styles

  41. this all looks awesome and I would love to try it

  42. Jackie Mercer says:

    I love the Teclayer Bra Top.

  43. amy s says:

    They have a lot of really nice gear! This is my favourite and it’s the one you’re giving away! fingers crossed I can give myself a Bday gift from you! Thanks for the chance!

  44. amy s says:

    I don’t see my comments showing up

  45. Donna L. says:

    I like the OutLayr Insulated Jacket.

  46. Liked RYU on Facebook and left a comment

  47. stacey h says:

    they have so much great stuff, i just started running again and would like these:

  48. Laura F. says:

    My favourite product from the RYU website is the TecLayr Tech Tank.

  49. Marilyn Rowe says:

    I would love to have these pants!!

  50. Janet P. says:

    I Liked RYU on Facebook and posted to their wall

  51. amy scott says:

    I haven’t heard of this brand till today, but would love to have the shorts and jacket. Look comfy !!

  52. Getting sick and tired of wearing my big puffy jacket, can hardly wait for the spring. The RYU insulated jacket would be absolutely perfect for the early morning jog come April!

  53. Allison Matz says:

    I like the Teclayr Bra Top.

  54. Yvonne14 says:

    wOW, hard to choose a favourite. I would choose as my favourite product to purchase at this moment. It is attractive, and it solves 101 issues I have with similar bags each of our 4 very active family members have tried. thank you. Back to explore the site.

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