Eastbay Performance Explained: Why You Should Buy Eastbay’s New Athletic Apparel

Eastbay Performance Explained: Why You Should Buy Eastbay’s New Athletic Apparel

Eastbay Performance is here! The new apparel line is designed for the 24/7 athlete – those who want to look and feel their best in the gym, on the training field, and everywhere in between. Athletes like Philadelphia’s Jalen Hurts, who trusts Eastbay Performance to get him through tough quarterback workouts, travel days, or two-a-days.

The Eastbay Performance line includes a few different collections, including Compression, GymTech, WindTech, and TempTech. Each collection is built to meet the specific needs of an athlete, both in and outside the game.

Eastbay Performance Athletic Apparel Compression Collection

Eastbay Compression

Compression is a must-have for every athlete in every sport. Eastbay’s new collection includes shorts, tights, tanks, and tops in a variety of staple colors so you always have the support you need to put in the work. They’re perfect for layering under GymTech apparel when you’re in the weight room or running drills or under your uniform on gamedays, and their moisture-wicking fabric pulls sweat away from your body so you stay comfortable and focused.

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Eastbay Performance Athletic Apparel GymTech Collection

Eastbay GymTech

Eastbay’s GymTech collection is apparel designed to be light and comfortable for any type of workout and every sport. These shorts, tops, and jackets are made from stretchy, breathable fabric cut in a regular fit for comfort and a full range of motion. So whether you’re lifting, lunging, or lounging around before practice starts, you’ll be cool and comfortable. Jalen Hurts swears by the GymTech Short-Sleeve Tee for all his workouts.

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Eastbay Performance Athletic Apparel WindTech Collection

Eastbay WindTech

Designed for warmups, cooldowns, or going to and from practice, Eastbay’s WindTech collection features pants, shorts, and jackets in classic colors so you can easily pair them with any of the Eastbay Performance pieces. Ultra-lightweight with built-in ventilation panels and reflective details, the WindTech pieces are great for when the weather starts getting a little cooler and you want to keep your muscles warmed up and ready to go.

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Eastbay Performance Athletic Apparel TempTech Collection

Eastbay TempTech

Being an athlete never stops. It’s more than a game – it’s a lifestyle – so even when you’re not training or playing, you need apparel that’s comfortable and flattering while still bringing that competitive edge. Eastbay’s TempTech collection has sweats, hoodies, and full-zips that deliver all three. These pieces are warm with a regular fit that keeps you comfortable and relaxed in class, on the bus, or hanging with the team. Jalen Hurts’ favorite way to rock TempTech is as a full sweatsuit. His go-tos are the Pullover Hoodie and matching Fleece Pant.

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Eastbay Performance Athletic Apparel Game. Train. Live.

We know you’re focused on crushing goals and breaking records this season, so make sure your athletic apparel is up to the challenge. Eastbay Performance is a must-have for every athlete.

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Game. Train. Live.

Why I Run with Pro HOKA Runner Dani Shanahan

Why I Run with Pro HOKA Runner Dani Shanahan

There was never much of a question of whether Dani Shanahan would get into running. Both of her parents were runners in high school, so when Dani began her freshman year it was assumed she would become a cross-country runner too. “It was just always something I knew I was going to do, without putting a ton of thought into it.” She’s come a long way from that first practice freshman year. Now after a successful college career at Loyola Marymount University Dani is a professional runner with HOKA who is looking to head to Tokyo this summer.

Once Dani began running cross-country back in high school she quickly fell in love with the sport. “It was a really great way to connect with the people around me and develop some great relationships with my teammates at the time.” It didn’t hurt that Dani was also really good, something she found slightly addicting. Today, Dani is still running, but now it’s because she wants to see how far she can take this – how good can she be? As a professional runner on the HOKA team, she has what’s possibly the most important summer of her running career ahead of her.

It’s already been a big couple of months for Dani. Recently she ran a personal best in the 10,000 meters despite suffering a fall early in the race. Dani entered the race in a great place mentally. She was confident that if she executed the way she knew how to that she would come out of it with a personal best time. That she was able to overcome the fall (which certainly wasn’t in her plans) and still finish with a PR only boosted her confidence that much more. “I now have the confidence to trust myself and my ability to run the race the way I want to run it.” It shouldn’t be a surprise that that race is Dani’s favorite memory of competitive running so far.

One of the things that sets Dani apart not just from other runners, but other athletes, is her understanding of the role mental health plays in her performance. Dani was a psychology major in college which she credits for helping her be more comfortable discussing certain aspects of mental health. She knows that if she is going to be the best version of herself when she steps on the line, she needs to take just as much care of her mental health as her physical health. Currently, Dani and the other runners on her team work with a sports psychologist at minimum once a week to make sure they are in a good place mentally.

As Dani heads into the summer brimming with confidence, there’s one event that is at the forefront of her mind, the trials for Japan. A year ago, there was no guarantee Dani would make the team bound for Tokyo. “If you had asked me a year ago about making the team my answer probably would have been ‘Oh maybe, but probably not.’” Now her mindset has flipped. She has already run a qualifying time and there is a real shot she can make the team. Her training now focuses on running a Championship style race. “If it’s fast from the gun, we want to be ready. If it’s a sit and kick type of race, we want to be ready. We just want to have as many tools in the arsenal as we can.”

Part of the reason Dani has been able to achieve so much over the past few years has been her decision to sign with HOKA. She knew that she wanted to be on a team, in a team environment, that helped her get better every day and to her HOKA backed that up. The inclusivity of HOKA was also a major plus for Dani who is Mexican-American. “Seeing people who look like me being included in the marketing, that is empowering.”

You can find all the HOKA shoes Dani trusts when you visit Eastbay today. We have a wide selection of sizes and colorways so you can find the perfect pair for your next run. You can check out the HOKA Northern Arizona Elite team based out of Flagstaff, Arizona which Dani is a part of by checking out their website: https://www.nazelite.com/ and make sure to follow Dani on Instagram @danishani

5 Pieces of Advice from Davante Adams

5 Pieces of Advice from Davante Adams

Davante Adams grew up like many other kids – going to school, playing with friends, and attending the Boys and Girls Club. In his free time, Adams’ parents encouraged him to pick up sports in order to keep busy and stay out of trouble. So, Adams dedicated himself to improving his athletic skills, and his hard work began to pay off. During his senior year of high school, Adams helped lead his team to the CIF National Championship, but fame was never his end goal. Adams’ motivation for success was more selfless: he simply wanted to give back.

“I didn’t want to be famous. I wanted to be successful,” Adams said. “I wanted to do everything I could to help my family out and give mom and dad everything they gave to me.”

Now, going into his sixth season as wide receiver for Green Bay, Adams realizes that his potential to give back reaches further than just his family. Through his words and actions, he can impact the next generation of athletes.

Davante Adams shaking hand of young kid from Boys and Girls Club.

“The kids running around the Boys and Girls Club are me,” Adams said. “It’s important to invest in kids because setting a good example for them will shape the future and put us all in good hands.”

Regardless of what grade you’re in or what sport you play, Davante Adams believes you hold the power to create a bright future, so here’s five pieces of advice he has for you:

1. Have fun playing sports but be safe.

“I play football because I love the sport and have fun playing it,” Adams said.

It’s no surprise that Adams is an advocate for youth sports because of the effect they had on his own life. Adams believes that not only do they provide a method of keeping kids active and healthy, but he says it can also benefit kids socially.

“Getting involved in sports gives kids something to do, and it helps out with relationships as they make friends,” Adams said.

Although competition is fun, Adams points out that there’s an element that needs to be taken seriously.

“The number one thing is to always be safe,” he said. “They have different levels – flag football if you don’t want to worry about being tackled, or if you want to play tackle football, that could be fun too. Either way, wearing a mouthpiece is big. People think it’s so your teeth don’t crack, but it also helps prevents concussions if you get hit.”

Boys and Girls Club kids chasing Davante Adams while he runs with football.

2. Your passions may change, and that’s okay.

One thing that makes Adams a unique football player is that he didn’t start playing football until 11th grade. His first love was basketball. He began dribbling at the age of five and kept playing through high school, lettering all four years.

“Growing up, some of my biggest influences were AI and Deron Williams. I watched how they moved on the court, and I’d try to mimic that,” Adams said. “I always had a mean crossover; I just had to figure out how to incorporate it into my releases and route running.”

No matter how much you plan, you don’t know what the future holds. Adams didn’t know that learning basketball skills as a young kid would help him become a great football player; he just followed his passions and dedicated himself to the sport. So whether you see the big picture or not, give 100%, always.

3. Listen to your parents and take school seriously.

It’s a cliché saying, but it bares truth: hindsight is 20/20. Now that he’s an adult (and a soon-to-be parent himself), Adams realizes the importance of listening and heeding the advice that his parents gave him.

“Listen to your parents when they tell you to stay in school and take your schooling seriously. That’s the biggest thing,” Adams said. “I didn’t do that well when I started high school, and by the end, I had to catch up in order to graduate and become eligible for D1. The hardest thing in life is having to work backward. So listen to your parents, they know what they’re talking about.”

Davante Adams and Boys and Girls Club Kids flexing their biceps.

4. Dream big and work hard.

“Growing up, football was an outlet for guys to get away and set us up for life,” Adams said.

He knew that if he worked hard to dominate the sport, he could earn a free ride to college, so that’s what he set out to do. After two years playing in high school, Adams left for Fresno State on a football scholarship, and two years after that, he was drafted by Green Bay.

You always want to set your sights on the biggest dreams possible.

-Davante Adams

Although Adams admits that returning to NorCal as a local legend was once a dream of his, he’s still adjusting to the reality.

 “Yes, I dreamed it would get to this point, but it was just a dream to begin with and now being in this position – coming back to the Boys and Girls Club, like the type I grew up going to – there are kids looking at me like the figures I looked up to when I was young. It’s surreal.”

Davante Adams and Boys and Girls Club kids kneeling in circle on football field.

5. Leave your own legacy.

Adams says he’s been inspired by LeBron James and the impact he has both on and off the court, and Adams hopes to inspire people in similar ways.

“I want to leave a legacy of greatness whether that’s in my community or the sport I play,” Adams said. “Being able to give back to my community sheds light on my character and lets kids know how important it is for them to do the same.”

It’s important for people to know how much something means to you, so I want them to know that I put everything into the game — blood, sweat and tears.

-Davante Adams

Adams’ legacy only reaches so far, but his impact on the next generation can start a chain reaction for a positive future because everybody has the potential to impact others with what they leave behind.


To shop Davante’s look head on over to eastbay.com, and to see his interview with two kids from the Boys and Girls Club, check out our video page.

A Throwback to the Future with A’ja Wilson

A Throwback to the Future with A’ja Wilson

A'ja Wilson - Be strong.

Less than a year ago, A’ja Wilson moved from her home state of South Carolina to the desert lands of Nevada to begin her professional basketball career. Since then, she’s allowed nothing to deter her from rising to the top. Her journey has not been without struggle, but Wilson has learned to celebrate her successes along the way and use her experiences (both good and bad) to shape the future.

Respecting the Past

Although twenty-two-year-old Wilson is a new name in the basketball biz, she’s already rubbing elbows with elite basketball icons, broadcasting college games on television, and judging professional dunk contests. However, there was a time when she could barely get on the court to log any minutes at all.

“When I was 13 or 14 years old, I was absolutely horrible at basketball,” Wilson said. “My dad was the assistant coach, and I still didn’t get in.”

Though times have changed, Wilson remains grateful for those moments that shaped her into the athlete she is now. She fondly remembers the first time she made it off the bench with only 20 seconds left in the game.

“That was my defining moment,” Wilson said. “From that experience I really wanted to get more time on the court with my teammates. It motivated me to work hard and focus on my craft, and it’s helped me become the player I am today.”

But while her road to stardom was influenced by key moments on the court, her path to leadership was influenced by a specific person. Without hesitation, Wilson will tell you that her biggest role model and shero was her grandma.

“She was so special to me,” Wilson said. “And the beautiful thing is she never watched me play basketball, but she always had a listening ear and led me in the right direction. I hope I’m half the woman she was.”

Acknowledging the Present

Wilson’s college career with South Carolina ended in 2018 after making it to the quarter finals of the national basketball tournament. Although it ended sooner than she would have liked, it didn’t hinder her move to the pros. She was the first overall draft pick in 2018 and was selected by the newly formed Las Vegas team.

A'ja Wilson - Be proud.

Less than 10 games into the 2018 season, Wilson set a record with 35 points and over 10 rebounds in a single game (only the second rookie in league history to do so). By the end of the season, Wilson led her team in points, rebounds, and blocks making her an obvious contender to win Rookie of the Year, which she did. But despite the addition of the young superstar, the team finished in ninth, one spot short of the playoffs.

During that inaugural year, the Las Vegas team faced challenges adjusting to a new coach and a new city, but Wilson looks forward to the potential of the upcoming season.

“We know each other now,” Wilson said. “We know how each of us plays, and we can feed off each other, so I’m excited to see our chemistry in the game.”

Embracing the Future

Wilson’s past has impacted who she is today, but those are only the early chapters of her story. There are records to be broken and glass ceilings to shatter, and Wilson is prepared to forge her own way.

“I think mentally I’ve changed the way I approach certain things in life, not just on the court, but off the court as well,” Wilson said.

She’s looking forward to her future playing professional basketball and seizing opportunities to advocate for female empowerment.

“I didn’t understand the voice I had until I got to the professional league, and I saw how people listened,” Wilson said. “So, I’m not going to just sit here. I’m going to speak on empowering women because we deserve a change. There has to be a change.”

Wilson also looks forward to seeing her non-profit organization, the A’ja Wilson Foundation, grow and make a difference in the lives of kids struggling with learning disabilities and bullying.

“I was diagnosed with dyslexia in high school, and I absolutely hated it,” Wilson said. “It took a long time for me to come to terms with it. Once I found the resources, they really helped me overcome the fact that I had a learning disability. So, I wanted to start the A’ja Wilson Foundation to ensure schools have those resources.”

The foundation is still young, but, working with her parents, Wilson is excited to be raising money and dreaming of the impact it’ll have down the road.

A'ja Wilson - Be you.

Wilson understands that the moments and mentors of her past have helped bring her to where she is now and that, by investing in the lives of the next generation, she can pass on the torch.

“The reason I play, and the reason I am who I am is because I want young kids, both boys and girls, to look up to me and say, ‘Okay, she did it the right way. She succeeded, and it can be done,’” Wilson said.

Wilson has only begun writing her story and making a difference in the world around her. And as she continues to be a leader, on and off the court, you won’t be able to ignore this superstar.

To shop A’ja Wilson’s looks visit eastbay.com.

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Four Reasons To Watch The Bigfoot Hoops Las Vegas Classic

Four Reasons To Watch The Bigfoot Hoops Las Vegas Classic

Blog Story Bigfoot Hoops

Another year, another classic. From July 25-29, the Entertainment Capital of the World will play host to the Bigfoot Hoops Las Vegas Classic. The massive basketball tournament has been going on for over 20 years now and is the perfect showcase for some of the brightest young players in the world. You can click here to learn more about the event and tune in to Eastbay’s social feed for exclusive access to the biggest moments. Here are four more reasons why serious hoops fans need to pay attention:

 

Calling This Event ‘Big’ Is An Understatement

In all, over 1,000 teams from a variety of age groups compete in this tournament, making it one of the largest basketball events on the planet. It’s non-stop, high-quality hoops over and over.

 

You’re Catching The Future Of Basketball

Many of your favorite basketball players are Bigfoot Hoops alums. Over 300 pro basketball players are also BigFoot Hoops alumni, including superstars like Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Russell Westbrook.

 

This Truly Is A World Event

From Germany to Canada, from China to Spain, international teams from all over the world travel to Vegas for this prestigious tourney. This is your chance to see the next great international player in the states before everyone else.

 

It’s Major Recruiting Ground

Since this is one of the last big events of the recruiting season, some of the best coaches in the nation will be in the stands, taking it all in and getting the chance to see these amateur players in action.