Materials: Body: 8.85-oz 88% polyester/12% spandex jersey
Circular-knit mesh: 4.3-oz 91% nylon/9% spandex
Mesh: 4.9-oz 72% nylon/28% spandex
PHOTO: Maggie Kaiserman
Yes, even sports bras can stand for a good cause. Patagonia’s Fair Trade Certified sports bras come with an extra investment that goes directly to the workers at the factory, money that is intended to raise wages, promote health and safety, as well as improve the standard of living. This is why I love Patagonia.
Patagonia has been in the underwear business for a while. They wash easily, dry quickly, and last a long time.
Inspired by their yoga line, the straps on the Cordelisse sports bra cross in the back, giving full range of movement and no resistance in the armpit area. A quick-dry and moisture-wicking mesh lines the inner part of the sports bra, while a polyester and spandex blend gives plenty of compression to hold your ladies’ up.
If you’re on a more high-intensity adventure day, pull on the Compression Bra ($55). A scooped V-Neck and a racerback gives a little more coverage and support.
Down low, Patagonia’s Active Hipsters ($24) and Mesh Boy Shorts ($29) are both in the butt-warming game. While not as warm as merino, they are extra good at wicking moisture. And with a body-conforming synthetic blend, they’re the stretchiest of all the undies in this roundup. The boy shorts and striped hipsters are 93 percent nylon (70 percent recylced; 43 percent recycled in the hipsters) with 7 percent spandex jersey. Patagonia claims they come with polygiene permanent odor control, but that’s no excuse to not wash your underwear.