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Like all great origin stories, Matador Leggings — which became famous for its customized men’s leggings so aptly named “meggings” — was born out of necessity. While some may disagree that men need leggings, and may even proudly state their point of view, the brand’s success proves otherwise. Valentine Aseyo, the founder of Matador, quickly realized that there was a shortage of acceptable leggings and form-fitting clothes for men to play sports in public, especially if they didn’t want to expose their pieces. So naturally he created Matador, an innovative men’s athleisure brand primarily known for its men’s leggings specifically designed for the male anatomy and featuring a VPL (Visible Penis Line) no modesty pad concealing the groin department, multiple pockets , back t-shirt and towel loop, interior drawstring and high performance sweat-wicking silky fabric. They offer dozens of bright colors and wild prints! And the rest is history!
We’ll get to the “why” in a moment, but what you need to know right off the bat is that they’re comfortable, practical, and stylish, thanks to a variety of quirky designs. Plus, Matador now offers a host of other clothing options, including matching tops so you can look your best while working out, staying healthy, or even just relaxing. Too hot for leggings? Well, you will be happy to know that they also offer compression shorts for warmer temperatures or indoor fitness classes. You can check out the current selection below or keep reading for a deep dive into Matador and what they have to offer.
While shorts and loose clothing are fine for some activities, there are plenty of others where they just aren’t viable, such as running, yoga, weightlifting, Crossfit, etc. Shorts or joggers don’t provide the level of compression needed for healthy blood flow, which improves performance, stamina, stamina, and alleviates muscle soreness. These old-school alternatives also lack sweat-wicking properties that keep you cool and dry. Sure, they may advertise such a feature, but when you’re sweating profusely after a workout or a run, that’s probably a different story. With loose clothing, most of this sweat will run down your body or legs, which becomes quite uncomfortable, causing chafing and skin irritation.
The problem, however, is that leggings are generally not designed for the male anatomy. The same goes for tight or form-fitting clothes, even shorts. In recent years, this type of clothing has been mainly marketed and worn by women, but that does not mean that they are not useful for everyone. In fact, due to their functional function, compression pants have been accepted and worn by men for decades, even centuries. Bullfighters, or matadors, inspired the name and also wore a type of leggings.
“Show me a superhero who doesn’t wear leggings. I’ll wait.” — Valentino Aseyo
Matador Leggings — or leggings for men called meggings — are specially designed for the male anatomy. Their main offering is a “no VPL” (visible penis line) modesty pad in the front to conceal the groin area. They also offer multiple pockets to store your wallet, keys, phone, and other belongings, which you don’t normally see with most leggings on the market. They also include a t-shirt or towel loop on the back, which is great if you’re running and don’t want to hold your shirt or towel on all the time. You can jog this long walk, shirtless and hands free – the towel or shirt goes through the loop and everything else goes in your pockets.
An interior drawstring makes it easy to cinch or adjust the waist, another feature you don’t normally see with leggings from competing brands. Finally, they’re made of a silky, sweat-wicking material that not only feels great to the touch, but will keep you functionally cool and dry, especially in today’s very hot conditions. By the way, this material is also antibacterial and odorless, so no matter how much you sweat or how many times you wear it, you won’t repel a scent which is something awful. We always recommend to clean it from time to time, of course!
Some activities you might want something like this for include yoga, running, jogging, weight training, biking, and playing various sports. You can use them even for water sports like surfing and scuba diving. They offer exceptional adaptability and they are much more comfortable than your average baggy clothing option, especially for stretchy and ultra-mobile activities.
After many requests, Matador now offers a range of matching tops – both sleeveless and short sleeve – pair with meggings. Although with the summer heat, some of you probably think it’s too hot for leggings, right? Well, for those who don’t want to cover all their legs, Matador also offers compression shorts, which have all the same features as the longer version. As you might expect, they have a bike gear collection which offers soft and plush built-in padding to keep your butt comfy while you ride (after your session too).
All of Matador’s styles, from tops to compression pants, come in a wide variety of designs, colors and patterns. This is one of the best things about the brand, its innovative vision and talent for aesthetics. There are your standard muted colors, your vibrant hues and your distinct patterns, like America Themed Meggings or the Camouflage collection. There is also a Pride collection to show our support for the LGBTQ community that is close to our hearts. Whatever your tastes, whatever your personality, there is something here for you.
Matador releases new styles every week, so we’re always on the lookout for great stuff and check back to their website regularly. You can head to Matador’s site now to start browsing. redeem code THE MANUAL at checkout for 10% off your first order.