Here at The Happy Sol, we love a soft tee that fits great. TASC is a staple here in the shop because we know that we can always rely on the amazing softness of bamboo and an impeccable fit. Check them out for yourself.
What Are the Benefits of Bamboo Fabric?
Comfortable and Soft
If you think nothing can compare to the softness and comfort offered by cotton fabric, think again. Organic bamboo fibers are not treated with harmful chemical processes, so they are smoother and do not have the same sharp edges that some fibers have. Most bamboo fabrics are made from a combination of bamboo viscose rayon fibers and organic cotton in order to achieve the superior softness and high-quality feel that leaves bamboo fabrics feeling softer than silk and cashmere.
Unlike most performance fabrics, like spandex or polyester fabric that are synthetic and have chemicals applied to them in order to make them moisture-wicking, bamboo fibers are naturally moisture-wicking. This is because the natural bamboo plant typically grows in hot, humid environments, and the bamboo is absorbent enough to soak up moisture to allow it to grow quickly. Bamboo grass is the fastest growing plant in the world, growing up to one foot every 24 hours, and this is partially due to its ability to use the moisture in the air and ground. When used in fabric, bamboo naturally wicks away moisture from the body, keeping sweat off your skin and helping you stay cool and dry. Bamboo textile also dries very quickly, so you don’t have to worry about sitting around in a wet shirt soaked in sweat after your workout.
If you’ve ever owned any activewear made from synthetic materials, you know that after a while, no matter how well you wash it, it tends to trap the stench of sweat. That’s because synthetic materials aren’t naturally odor-resistant, and the harmful chemicals that are sprayed onto the raw material to help it wick away moisture eventually cause odors to become trapped in the fibers. Bamboo has antibacterial properties, which means it resists the growth of bacteria and fungus that can nest in the fibers and cause odor over time. Synthetic activewear may be sprayed with chemical treatments designed to make them odor resistant, but the chemicals can cause allergic reactions and are especially problematic for sensitive skin, not to mention bad for the environment. Bamboo clothing resists odors naturally making it better than cotton jersey materials and other linen fabrics that you often see in workout gear.
People with sensitive skin or who are prone to allergic reactions from certain types of fabrics and chemicals will find relief with organic bamboo fabric, which is naturally hypoallergenic. Bamboo does not have to be treated with chemical finishes to obtain any of the performance qualities that make it such an excellent material for activewear, so it is safe for even the most sensitive skin types.
Natural Sun Protection
Most clothing that offers Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) protection against the sun’s rays is made that way by, you guessed it, chemical finishes and sprays that are not only bad for the environment but also likely to cause skin irritation. They also don’t work very well after a few washes! Bamboo linen fabric provides natural sun protection thanks to the makeup of its fibers, which block 98 percent of the sun’s UV rays. Bamboo fabric has a UPF rating of 50+, which means that you’ll be protected against the sun’s dangerous rays in all the areas that your clothing covers. No matter how good you are about applying sunscreen when you go outside, a little extra protection is always nice to have.
*info cited from TASC