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From Polarmax: Wicking Cotton: The Next Frontier in Base Layers

posted Feb 15, 2011, 12:28 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Jul 14, 2011, 6:41 AM ]
2/11/2011 6:59 PM

Poor old cotton. It doesn't get any respect in the outdoor sports world. Unless you're courting hypothermia, that is.

But last week I spent several days skiing in a cotton zip T-neck from Polarmax, working up a sweat on a ridge hike and during some warm, bluebird days in Lake Tahoe. And yet I was as comfortable as if I was wearing pricier wool or stinky synthetic--no clammy, clinging fabric making me wish I was closer to a chimney than a couloir.

The secret? A new fabric technology known asTransDRY. It allows cotton--which normally has the wicking ability of a sponge--to move moisture from your body to the outside of a garment so it dries more quickly.

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