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Editor’s Picks: 3 San Diego-Based Products We’re Loving

However you like to move, do it in style with these San Diego–based brands
San Diego company Rally Republic featuring their official pickle ball rackets and gear
Photo Credit: Christine Blackburn Photography

Pep Rally

Rally Republic Pickleball Paddles

Ball is life, at least for the 36-million-or-so Americans making pickleball the nation’s fastest-growing sport. But you have other personality traits, too—and San Diego brand Rally Republic makes it possible to rep them on the court. The company vends USA Pickleball Association–approved paddles with eye-catching, colorful designs, including logos from 50 colleges across the country, so your dink shot can remind everyone where you got your degree.

San Diego company Tighties Activewear featuring a man wearing athletic apparel swinging a sledgehammer at a gym
Courtesy of Tighties

Swiss Army Pants

Tighties Activewear

Even seemingly straightforward sports like distance running can require a veritable armory of extra gear, from knee braces to nutritious goo. Until they invent a mech suit that automatically supplies all your athletic needs, movers of every stripe can check multiple boxes with Tighties, a National City–based brand making über-functional activewear. Founder Krystal Gillis spent two years working with engineers—and incorporating her own orthopedics background—to design leggings with built-in compression (to assist in post-workout recovery), resistance (to make exercise more effective), and protection from injuries.

San Diego company Pirdie featuring two people wearing pink and white women's golf apparel
Photo Credit: Taryn Kent

One Fore All

Pirdie Women’s Golf Apparel

Have you heard? “Preppy” no longer means Oxford-inspired style or country club chic. Instead, the term evokes bright colors, retro motifs, and hair ribbons for today’s preteen set. Women-founded company Pirdie marries every generation’s definition with comfy golf apparel in happy hues like hot pink and Kelly green. Complete with ’70s-style stripe detailing, the clothes look great on the back nine—but don’t be surprised if your 9-year-old steals ’em to pair with her pink Stanley cup.

By Amelia Rodriguez

Amelia Rodriguez is San Diego Magazine’s Associate Editor. The 2023 winner of the San Diego Press Club's Rising Star Award, she’s covered music, food, arts & culture, fashion, and design for Rolling Stone, Palm Springs Life, and other national and regional publications. After work, you can find her hunting down San Diego’s best pastries and maintaining her three-year Duolingo streak.

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