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T-shirt keeps sweat, stink away making it perfect for backpacking

The new Kuma T-shirt combines seamless technology and four-way stretch fabric for the ultimate in comfort and moisture management.
The new Kuma T-shirt combines seamless technology and four-way stretch fabric for the ultimate in comfort and moisture management. Courtesy

THE SITUATION: Technical fabrics have taken over athletic apparel for a good reason. You want the sweat to wick-away from your body during a workout, not stick to your shirt and get heavy like a traditional cotton T-shirt. This is true whether you’re in the gym or outside running, hiking, or biking — which is why when it comes to shirts designed for these activities, non-cotton fabrics are basically all you’ll find.

There is, however, one drawback with many technical fabrics: They stink. Or to put it more diplomatically, they hold on to odors, both while on your body and sometimes even after a trip through the wash.

A SOLUTION: The LaSportiva Kuma 2.0 T-shirt fixes this problem by using a treatment called Polygiene, an environmentally safe process developed by a Scandinavian company that uses silver chloride, a naturally occurring salt that it gets from recycled electronic equipment. The treatment basically stops odor causing bacteria from developing on your sweaty shirt. After a workout, you can simply air-dry your shirt and you’ll be impressed that the shirt doesn’t have that after-workout stink. It’s a great option for backpacking, traveling and other activities that require you to use a shirt multiple times before washing. For runners and cyclists, it’s great to enjoy that post-activity meal or drink without stinking up the joint.

THE DETAILS: The shirt uses a four-way stretch fabric and has a UV protection factor of 30-plus. It comes in men’s size S-XL, and in colors rust or nugget.

PRICE: $60.

INFO: Go to sportiva.com.

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