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Ideas Worth Wearing: Baselayers And More From Le Bent

January 29, 2016

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  • Peter Reese

Cuddle up to a Merino sheep to stay warm?  Of course.  Snuggle up to a bamboo plant on a windy winter day?  No — at least not until the fabric wizards at Le Bent performed their woven alchemy.

Active Junky's touched and tested dozens of wool blends with softness between burlap and butter. Here, the 66.5% bamboo, 30.5% Merino (from Australia, thank you very much) mimics a much-washed cotton rather than a mad scientist's rough-hewn project.  


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To wit, the addition of 3% Lycra provides shape, reinforces the 4-way stretch promise and helps tops, bottoms and socks return to original fit.  Rather than cut to fit lumbering, Foster's-enabled Outback brawlers, the pieces suit trim, athletic wearers;  200gm and 260gm weights master prevalent weather conditions and levels of exertion.

Bamboo fans flocked to the odor-fighting properties of this fast-growing plant when first popularized nearly ten years ago.  Le Bent, a relative newcomer to the fray, engineered a spin on Merino that most wool-sensitive wearers can keep on without retaining stink-provoking bacteria. Priced comparably to New Zealand Merino-sourced competitors, Le Bent is taking their own direction.

With testing ahead yet this winter, Le Bent is exactly what Active Junky would expect from a gathering of intrepid Aussies, passionate purveyors of innovation who would rather rip big lines than watch outdoor athletes come up short on comfort, breathability and fit.

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