Power Dry with added coconut? We check out Marmot's new baselayer top.
Marmot Mid Weight Zip
Neck LS -
(men's medium top)
Features: Mid-weight baselayer made from
Polartec Power Dry stretch fabric with Cocona. Long sleeves, zip neck
with zipper garage, flat-locked seams, tag-free neckline.
Baselayers are designed primarily to wick moisture away from the skin
and outwards through other layers of clothing. Ideally you want a close
fit for the most efficient transfer of moisture along with some sort of
odour-fighting properties to help you retain your friends and sanity.
Finally fast drying is good.
Marmot's new baselayer clothing uses Polartec's Power Dry fabric. In
the case of the mid-weight version, this has a small grid pattern on
the inside to give a little extra warmth. On top of that, it uses
Cocona in the form of activated charcoal produced from discarded
coconut shell husks, which is then blended into the polyester of the
Cocona is claimed to work better than its bamboo equivalent and have a
list of natural benefits including 25 per-cent faster drying times,
natural odour resistance, UV protection and outstanding comfort against
the skin. The properties are all natural and because they form part of
the structure of the fabric, they're permanent.
Marmot's new baselayer has rapidly become a cold weather
favourite. It's light and comfortable with stretch in the fabric giving
a close but not skin tight fit and a nice, warm feel against the skin.
The slightly thicker than average material also adds a little extra
Detailing's good with comprehensive flat-locked seams to avoid pack
strap chafing and a neat zipper garage that protects delicate neck skin
from the metal zipper. The long-sleeved, zip-neck is our favourite
baselayer design as well with the zip giving venting options, the
collar offering neck protection from sun and cold and rollable sleeves
useable in summer and winter.
The fabric so far has been great. It wicks as well as anything else
we've used, dries fast after exertion and doesn't smell noticably after
use, which is all good. In fact we can't really fault it.
So far Marmot's new baselayer has performed superbly. The
design is well thought through and ticks all the boxes while the fabric
wicks and dries fast and doesn't pong. It's not cheap, but it is very
performance from the Power Dry with Cocona fabric and a well thought
out design with it.
most, but then it performs better than most as well.
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