Mana Loa Risk Reward T-shirt
Active wear in 2018 isn’t just about functionality – it’s about looking good while you’re working out, comfort and supporting your best performance. Today North Nomad reviews Mana Loa’s Risk Reward T-Shirt
Mana Loa makes what I’d call casual yet stylish clothing for outdoorsy, adventure seekers. You don’t need to be working up a sweat to wear it or benefit from their range, but it looks good and moves well when you’re having fun in the great outdoors, whether that be yoga on the beach, camping under the stars, or hiking in the mountains. Meaning “great power” in Polynesian, the company is named after a supernatural life force present in all things.
North Nomad was recently given a Risk Reward t-shirt from Mana Loa, and trialled this on a bush run on the north coast of New South Wales, Australia. In the middle of summer (and our summers here are very similar to Californian summers), he found it to be cool and comfortable over a 5 kilometre run, with good protection from the sun. The Risk Reward t-shirt also survived a hard-core play session with our two American Staffy X 4.5 month old puppies, and a visit to the dog café we are regulars at.
On a personal level, one of the really cool things for us Nomads about Mana Loa is the reflection the clothing has on the places we’ve lived in: buddhist and elephant prints from our home in Chiang Mai, Thailand, mountains and desert and sun from our time in California. Check out their expedition videos to see the inspiration for their designs.
Another aspect of Mana Loa we love is the ethos behind it. The company says its clothing range is a reaction to modern living moving away from high stress and competition to a more meaningful way of life, exploring new places and new cultures. Their clothes are “designed to keep you stylish and comfortable wherever your adventures take you”.
NB: Readers, if you’re gooling Mana Loa, make sure Google doesn’t auto correct your search to Muana Loa like it did to me! I was trying to figure out why an outdoors enthusiast company had decided to name itself after an infamous Hawaiin volcano with a name meaning Long Mountain, until I realised Google had changed my search terms.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the Risk Reward t-shirt for free from Mana Loa in consideration for a gear review. This has not influenced this review, and all opinions remain my own.