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If you’re new to biking, you may be asking yourself, “Are moisture wicking fabrics really worth it?” Short answer, yes, moisture wicking fabrics are absolutely worth it for mountain biking and generally any other athletic endeavor. If you’ve been biking for a while, then you likely already know the benefits of wearing moisture wicking apparel.
Most people have probably heard the term “moisture wicking,” but many probably aren’t sure what it actually means or how it works. If you really stop to think about it though, the name provides a few clues. The best way to explain “moisture wicking” is by relating it to a candle, with, you guessed it, a wick. Just as a candle wick draws the wax up it to fuel the flame, the wicking fabric draws the moisture away from your body to the surface of the shirt so it can evaporate more easily.
In addition to wicking sweat away from your body, moisture wicking fabric has lots of other benefits as well. Because it doesn’t allow sweat to absorb into the material it doesn’t get damp and heavy like cotton does, weighing you down. Also, not wearing a damp, sweat soaked shirt helps reduce the chafing that often comes with wet clothing and an active sport like cycling. High quality moisture wicking fabrics are lightweight, breathable, and soft, making them oh so comfortable to ride in. Furthermore, they can help hide the signs of perspiration so it’s not as obvious as someone sweating in a cotton fabric that they’re working hard. Moisture wicking clothing helps reduce or eliminate visible sweat marks making that never-ending hill look easy.
Check out our line of moisture wicking jerseys designed to keep you cool and dry on even the longest rides. Shop now!