Whether it’s camping, hiking, diving, or yoga equipment, the Philippines has got it all
By Ea Francisco | Lead photo from INstagram
With how fast active lifestyle is spreading in the country, it’s no surprise that Filipinos are tapping into the sporting market. Here, we spotlight the local brands giving more Filipinos easier access to adventure gear.
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Since they started in 1995, this brand has made a name for itself, both locally and internationally, for their outdoor sandals. Tribu is known for its wave-shaped sandals, tribal designs, and ethnic strap patterns. Their latest sandals are styled after Igorots and Sunanons, made with their shock-absorbent abzo-pad. Aside from these, they also sell bags, apparel, and other everyday accessories like hats and wallets.
This brand is all about making sandals and slippers for rigorous mountaineering. Sandugo sandals are made with durable rubber; the soles of which are patterned similar to tires, so they’re not slippery and are suitable for any kind of terrain. They also sell bags, cycling gear, and apparel made for outdoor adventures. They’ve even manufactured their own mountain bike called the Sandugo Brusko, which is designed so that even novices can use it.
One thing this brand is popular for is their bags. They offer a wide variety of outdoor and travel bags that are affordable, durable, and waterproof. Habagat prides itself on handmade and nature-tested products. Environmentalism is something they also consider, so they try to make their bags as long-lasting as possible. Online reviews have even stated that their bags have lasted for as long as 10 years (and still perfectly usable). They also have outdoor wallets, vests, hooks, and harnesses.
If water sports are your thing, then this brand offers all your snorkeling, swimming, and scuba diving needs. The owner of this brand is also a diver and instructor. Fins, bodysuits, tanks, regulators, they have everything any water sports enthusiast could need.
If tents and tarps are what you’re looking for, this brand has you covered. Their tents are known for their lightweight poles and nylon fabric that could match any international brand. Apexus’ tadpole tents have even reached as far as Mt. Everest . Most of their tents are made to be packed light and are suitable for any type of weather.
Extreme sports aren’t the only thing our local market is focusing on; there’s even yoga and gymnastics wear. Eskina can provide you with just the right clothes for it. They have women’s activewear specifically made for yoga, dancing, and pole dancing. Their clothes look super chic and trendy too, so you can work out with style.