It’s no secret that a large part of the population still works from home. A PwC survey from June 2020 polled 120 managers and found that at least half of their employees will be away one or more days a week, even after COVID is under control. This is good news for people who love sweatpants: uncomfortable business attire is fancy, and comfortable loungewear is in there all day every day. But if you don’t have air conditioning at home or live in a hot climate, it probably won’t be long before you sweat through your favorite cotton t-shirt or hoodie.
This is where moisture-wicking fabrics come into play. The moisture wicking technology is made from a variety of synthetic and natural materials (such as wool). The premise, however, is simple: they pull moisture away from your skin to keep you dry as you sweat. Most wicking items also dry quickly because moisture evaporates faster when it̵
As you can imagine, moisture wicking fabrics aren’t just great for working from home in the summer – they’re great for year-round outdoor activities like hiking and biking. Here are some of the best moisture wicking items out there, whether you’re working from home, running errands, or getting ready for a 20 mile mountain biking adventure.
1. Smartwool PhD Outdoor Crew Socks; $ 16- $ 22
You have probably heard of Smartwool as they make literally hundreds of styles of sports socks. But one of their best are the PhD Outdoor Light Mid Crew socks, which are available in different colors and patterns for men and women. The brand’s PhD line socks are made from merino wool, a fiber that naturally regulates sweat and temperature. They’re incredibly soft, and because they’re moisture-wicking and odorless, they help make you feel more comfortable in heavy trail shoes on summer hikes.
Buy it: REI (men, women)
2. Black Diamond Solution ¾ below; $ 95
Hey, if merino wool works on your feet, it should work elsewhere, right? Fortunately, Black Diamond makes some excellent cut off base layers that use similar materials to Smartwool. The Solution 150 base layer is trimmed so you can wear it on summer hikes or your next Zoom meeting without overheating. In addition to the typical summer activities, these can serve as a base for waterproof pants for winter sports such as skiing and snowshoeing. Full length versions are also available.
Buy it: Backcountry (men, women)
3. Activist T-shirt from Houdini; $ 55- $ 85
If your work-from-home uniform is a comfortable t-shirt and sweats or leggings, you will love the Activist T-shirt from Houdini. It has a loose fit and a round neckline and flatters all body types. Although it looks like a simple t-shirt, the merino wool and tencel blend of the fabric is odorless, even when you wear it for multiple workouts in a row. It is suitable for putting on in the morning before opening the laptop, but is also suitable for travel, sports or as a pajama top in an emergency.
Buy it: Backcountry (men, women)
4. Columbia PFG UPF 50 hoodie; $ 25- $ 60
Columbia’s PFG clothing line strikes the right balance between affordable and highly technical, so you can’t go wrong with any option. However, this lightweight long sleeve is a particularly good choice because the fabric is UPF 50, which means it blocks around 98 percent of UV rays (cotton has a UPF of around five). It also uses the company’s proprietary Omni-Freeze technology. That’s supposed to cool your skin down when you start sweating, and Omni-Wick, Colombia’s moisture-wicking technology.
Buy it: Columbia (men, women)
5. Patagonia Fleetwith Dress; $ 75
The Fleetwith dress is chic enough to wear to a wine tasting or garden party, but it’s just as functional as your favorite jacket with light rain. It is made from moisture-wicking plastic and is coated with a DWR coating to repel light water. So you can expect light rain to roll off the dress and not be absorbed. The Fleetwith dress has two hand pockets, an adjustable waist tie, and uses fabric made from recycled materials to reduce the amount of carbon emitted in the manufacturing process.
Buy it: Backcountry, REI
6. Columbia Utilizer II Solid short sleeve shirt; $ 30
This shirt is a breeze for men who are sweating through their tees before lunch. It has a classic button-down design that is perfect for business meetings or Fridays. But it’s also great for hiking and backpacking as it offers a variety of outdoor features including the aforementioned Omni-Wick technology, an antimicrobial finish, vents in areas of high sweat and UPF 40 sun protection. The fabric is 100 percent ripstop so it’s unlikely to tear or tear if you wear it down on the trails.
Buy it: Columbia
7. Momento sports bra from prAna; $ 44- $ 59
When you work or play in a hot environment, you want the layer closest to your skin to be moisture wicking, especially in areas that can sweat profusely. That’s one reason why having the right bra is so important. The stretchy Momento Bra from prAna is always a good choice, and not just because it’s wireless. It is designed with mid-level padding that you can remove while working from home, and has a mesh lining to improve airflow. And because it’s a nylon-lycra blend, it dries quickly even if you break a sweat on your next online spin course.
Buy it: Backcountry
8. Glerups rubber slippers; $ 135
If you love slippers but don’t love how your feet feel in the summer, check out Glerups. The brand makes slippers with an upper made from a proprietary wool blend. And just like with sheep, wool is excellent at regulating temperature. It’s also very breathable; After all, sheep also wear their coats in the summer months. Glerups are especially comfortable as the inner footbed molds to the shape of your foot and the rubber outsole is durable enough to be worn outdoors or while running errands.
Buy it: Backcountry
9. Fjallraven High Coast Short; $ 64- $ 100
Moisture transport is not limited to t-shirts and shoes. The High Coast Shorts by Fjallraven look like modern cotton chinos, but are made from the brand’s sustainable and high-tech G-1000 Lite material. It is a soft, flexible fabric that is woven with durable ripstop fibers and coated with a thin wax to make it resistant to light rain. Since the High Coast doesn’t have the baggy, cargo look of many outdoor shorts, you can wear them to happy hours or picnics where other guys are sweating through their khakis.
Buy it: Backcountry (men, men hiking, women)
10. Tech Lite Crew T-Shirt from Icebreaker; $ 45- $ 75
Icebreaker was founded in 1995 by an outdoor enthusiast who wanted to wear a performance fabric that neither had to be chemically treated nor manufactured. And everything they do still follows that mentality, including their line of versatile solid color t-shirts. They are odorless and moisture wicking, so you can wear them for days (weeks?) In a row. Thanks to the classic cut, you can also throw it over khakis or combine it with jeans and a blazer for a casual business look.
Buy it: Amazon (men, women)
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