Baselayers Are Becoming Less Boring
As Merino becomes synonymous with long underwear, a few smaller companies are challenging existing paradigms. Corbeaux was launched by a husband-and-wife team who have spent over a decade living in baselayers as sponsored ski mountaineers, certain that they could make a next-to-skin layer that was better on your skin and better for the planet (and even better for the bar after a hard day on the slopes). For one, they were sure they weren’t the only ones who got a rash from wool, which led them to their unique super-soft poly blends. And with sustainability a top priority, that led them to recycled polyester. But the big story for those with similar earth-first values, is Corbeaux’s Bamboo line, Vida. After learning that fabrics made from the super-sustainable plant shared many of the same properties as wool — hypoallergenic, anti-bacterial, quick drying — it seemed like the perfect material to build a silkier next-to-skin layer. Corbeaux’s Karl’s half zip ($128) is a bamboo-rayon blend that feels softer and dries faster than wool.
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