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FAQ

Why MANIMAL over other brands?

There are many reasons why people choose MANIMAL over other brands. Our apparel is held to a higher standard of quality from our printing techniques, our garment choices and how our shirts fit. All of our shirts are 100% Made in the USA.

We support charity organizations by donating proceeds from every Cross Fit Wrist Wrap sale and we support American Veterans and their families by offering an exclusive 20% discount.

We're in the gym training just as hard as you are, many times next to you. Other brands claim they're living the life, but have you ever seen them Deadlift 500lbs, Squat double bodyweight, or even do a WOD? 

We know what it's like to struggle, grow, lose and win in many arenas of life. Nothing was handed to us.
As a result we can relate to you and with that comes some of the best customer service around. The owners are involved with your purchase and your experience directly. We are the employees and we own and operate the business like we should, with pride.

MANIMAL has a unique style and edge that comes from a mixed background of art, culture and fitness that makes us original and separate from other brands. Our designs aren't about who's the bigger badass or what's the current hype, they're about our culture and message.

In 2009 we started by designing custom clothing for CrossFit gyms and after 6 months we released our first line in early 2010. As a result we have our strong roots as a CrossFit Clothing Brand but if you look around you'll see we're nothing like the other brands. In the present day we have become a Lifestyle Brand appealing to everyone within and outside of the CrossFit Community. 

When you buy from us, you're part of a bigger and stronger message. Stand Apart.

How does my purchase support Charity when I buy from MANIMAL?

We’re glad you asked. 

In the description of our Wrist Wraps you will see the cause the sale supports and the amount from each sale donated. For every Wrist Wrap sold, $5 is donated to the cause listed. 

Also, part of our overall proceeds are donated to non-profit organizations directly. These organizations include support for American Youth, Military Veterans, Women's Rights, Animal Preservation and various Cancer Treatments.

Where is MANIMAL located?

Our studio is located in Portland, Oregon but we also operate out of Southern California. 

Does MANIMAL have a retail location?

Unfortunately we do not have a retail location.

Our products are sold online only from our site and shipped straight from out studio. This helps keep cost down, letting us release more products and use your purchases in better ways to further the brand. You will never see our products being carried discounted at "WOD Shops". To make up for this, we have a very fast turn around time, great customer service and higher quality products.

Who are the owners?

You can follow one of the owners, George Corbo, on Facebook. George is not only the Founder of MANIMAL but also the Art Director. He designed the brand and everything associated with it including the shirts you buy. Our second Founder, Kris Murphy, handles the logistics of the operation as well as the customer service we're so well known for.

How does the Quality of your shirts compare?

We take pride in the quality of our apparel. It is 100% USA Made in Los Angeles and finished in Portland, OR within our studio.

Many of our shirts are in line with some of the highest fashion companies in the market. Some of our shirts are treated with Garment Dyes and Eznyme Washes. Others are Silk Finished or Satin Washed. These specialties can give the shirt a super soft feel, vintage look, a shine or unique touch.

Many of our shirts will say 30's or 40's in front of the garment type. For example 40's 100% Organic Cotton. The S stands for Single. This refers to the thread weight that is used. The higher the thread weight, the finer, softer, and thinner the shirt. When a higher thread weight number is used, the thread is finer and a tighter weave is the result. This gives the shirt a softer, finer feel. For Men, a 30's shirt is considered to be a premium quality, fine, soft shirt. For Women, a 30's to 40's is the equivalent. The specs section for our shirts will say which thread weight is used. All of our shirts have a higher thread weight but we will only list it if it is of the highest weight.

We personally test our shirts by wearing them during our training, sports, outdoor adventures and of course out on the town for the night. We look at how they wear, wash and dry and make sure they are as reliable as our brand. In 3 years we've never had a bad review of our shirts.

MANIMAL is the only brand within the CrossFit Community that uses a wide variety of premium shirts. For example in our Men's line we have a Slub Cotton Crew, a Premium 50/50 Ring Spun Cotton - Polyester Crew, an Eco-Friendly Fine Organic Cotton Crew, a Premium Cotton (30's) Crew and a Tri Blend Crew (Cotton, Rayon, Polyester). And we've just gotten started...

To sum it up, we use some of the best shirts available and we encourage you to compare our shirts to any of your other T's. 

When do you re-stock your shirts?

All of our T's are a Limited Run. This means we do not re-stock our T's. Once a design is sold out, it is gone forever. We make our T's in very small quantities to keep the quality as high as possible. When you buy one of our T's you can rest assured that there will not be thousands, even hundreds of people wearing the same T you have. On rare occasions we will bring back a design but even then the colors, garment and details will be changed. There is a certain pride that comes with owning something special that very few other people have. Don't wait, buy them while you can or you can join the list of e-mails me get asking if we have extras - No, we don't. 

How do your shirts fit?

Fashion Cut - This means that the shirts usually run a bit smaller, are cut slimmer in general especially around the stomach and in women’s case tend to be longer. These shirts can be compared to fashion shirts made to wear out on the town and are great for showing your body off.

Athletic Fit - These shirts are catered to athletes who will wear them in the gym. The sleeves are usually tighter, the body is tapered, and the length is normal. More definition will be seen in the shoulders and upper back area. 

Casual - Fits like a normal shirt. Granted we do not make normal shirts so what we mean by casual is that it will not be tight around the body and generally this shirt can be used for anything.

Often times we will use combinations of these definitions. That means that there are certain elements of these categories that apply. 

For example a popular one with MANIMAL is Fashion Cut, Athletic Fit. This shirt will have a slimmer cut around the body, tighter sleeves and a longer length.

What's the best way to care for MANIMAL shirts?

We can not say this enough:

Read and follow the care instructions on the neck label or inside side seam!

We make sure to use the best printing techniques so that the artwork lasts longer. We also spend a lot of time selecting the right shirts according to their quality, cut and longevity. 

If you throw your shirt in the washing machine, run the machine on normal or heavy wash with hot water and then stick it in the dryer on high for an hour or more do not be surprised if your shirt looks different than it did the first time you wore it. 

The fibers on the shirt will fuzz up causing the color to fade, the design to appear faded, the seams will be stressed and scrunchy, the neck will be pressed in odd ways and the shirt will probably shrink a bit.

The majority of our shirts will stay new looking if you turn them inside out, wash them with cold water on a normal or low cycle and tumble dry them on low or hang dry them. Hell, as much as we don’t want to say this, they are usually fine with everything else, but we do make some very high-end shirts that need to be treated better.

Now that we have told you, there is nothing we can do to get you to take care of your shirts, but know that it’s the one thing we will not have sympathy for if you write us.

Do I have to be a badass to wear your clothes?

You won’t believe how many times we hear someone say they’ll buy one of our products when they become more of a badass or a beast. MANIMAL is not about being a badass or a beast. It’s about a mindset, lifestyle and belief. If you share our approach to life then you should represent it with our products. Or if you like our work, buy it and enjoy it. Simple as that.

At the end of the day we’re artists. It means what you want it to mean. 

We once got a message from a girl that had stolen the MANIMAL shirt, Viva La MANIMAL, from her boyfriend. She said that she absolutely loved how soft the shirt was and wore it all the time. Later we found out she had never been to a gym and was raised on a farm with horses in upstate New York. She had no idea who we were or what we were about, but she loved our shirt. It was random, but awesome.

How does my order ship?

We ship orders straight from our studio usually within 24-48 hours after we have received an order. It comes with a tracking number, which you receive in an e-mail as soon as your order ships. All of our orders come with complimentary stickers and a guarantee of quality.

Any issues with your order, don't hesitate to e-mail us at sales@manimalstrong.com.

Do you ship International?

We ship worldwide. We’ve shipped to countries where customs has held orders for up to 4 weeks, *cough cough* Israel. We will ship an order anywhere you would like. Our international community has supported us since the beginning of 2010 and we wouldn’t imagine denying anyone our products!

Do you ship to APO / Military Bases?

Many of our customers are in the Military or are spouses/family of veterans. We absolutely ship to Military Bases. We also offer a 20% Military Discount.

Please use an APO address for your orders and we will make sure it gets to you. If you provide us with an address that is not an APO and it's intended destination is on a Military Base, if will be returned to us. 

How can I support MANIMAL?

When people find our brand they often wish they had known about us sooner and ask us what they can do to spread the word.

It's simple; Wear our products, follow and subscribe to the links under FOLLOW at the bottom of this page, share our posts, hash tag #manimalstrong and #standapart all over the internet.

If you have a blog, write us and we'll hook you up with a custom web banner and some products.

If you're a gym owner, get in touch and we'll send you banners and some samples for your coaches to rock.

If you're into taking photos, send us some with our products and we'll hook you up with a coupon code or use you for a photo shoot.

If you're into writing product reviews, hit us up for some samples.

Stick our stickers all over the place (especially gym bathrooms).

And lastly, if you're an solid artist show us some samples and we'll push you to make something legit.

You can reach us at info@manimalstrong.com. Once you do that, you'll hear back from George or Kris, the owners, directly and we'll set you up!

How do I become a model for MANIMAL?

Contact us with pictures at info@manimalstrong.com, we’re always looking for models. If you are local to Southern California or Portland, Oregon we can provide photographers, otherwise it helps if you have a photographer.

Does MANIMAL have a Gym Affiliate Program?

Yes, we work with gym owners all the time. Often we will get to know the owners, visit the gyms if we're in the area and make a decision from there.

We hold our "Affiliates" to a MANIMAL standard. Both Kris and George have worked as coaches, trained at multiple gyms and even owned gyms. MANIMAL will not support a gym if we feel it is not overall doing more good than bad. Much more good.

With that said, we'll often send custom banners to these gyms, provide web banners for their web sites, send product samples for their coaching staff and feature their business in our online feeds. The gyms that work with us are also given an exclusive opportunity to have Custom Affiliate Shirts made on par with the shirts we sell! Contact us at info@manimalstrong.com for more info.

Can my company buy Wholesale from MANIMAL?

We do provide wholesale accounts to certain businesses. Please contact us at sales@manimalstrong.com for more info on the criteria and pricing options.

What is Ruck Feebok all about?

To put it simply, a couple years ago any of the Clothing Brands that were appearing in the top search results of "CrossFit Clothing" on the web were sent Cease & Desist letters threatening a law suit if we did not remove any mention of the word CrossFit on our sites. This was because as a result of the Reebok & CrossFit partnership, they were launching an official Reebok CrossFit Clothing Store and wanted to use CrossFit's Trademark as an excuse to remove competition from online search results.  Basically, they sent illegitimate threats to strongarm smaller companies into rolling over. We came up as a CrossFit Brand back in 2009 and there is no other way to describe the community or "sport" without using the word CrossFit. We knew our rights, so we made the Ruck Feebok T and told them to shove it. It became our best selling T and we did not get sued.