I have always believed that most clothes should be made from natural fibers such as cotton and wool. While I always feel that way, I have learned that synthetic fabrics can have benefits, especially in hot weather. That’s why I started wearing polypropylene shirts and underwear on hot SoCal days.
I love that poly wicks moisture away from my skin to evaporate it, producing a more cooling effect than cotton. The cotton just gets wet and keeps that moisture close to my skin, which makes my shirt clammy and sweaty.
Now I have found a shirt with a new material thanks to Tranzend and his Ultra Shirt, and it works a little better than poly. Tranzend uses a patented material that uses technology the company describes as S. Café. They say the patented S.Cafe ICE-CAFÉ material is made from recycled coffee grounds and “iced yarns” from xylitol, an alcohol found in plant materials. The shirt label says it is 60 percent nylon 66 and 40 percent polyester. It is designed to provide thermal regulation and a cooling effect activated by body moisture, quickly absorbing and then dissipating body heat.
Tranzend claims that it cools the skin from 1.8 to 5.4 ° F. Additionally, the material is believed to eliminate odors through absorption by recycled coffee grounds. No, it doesn’t smell like coffee. I leave it to the carriers to determine how this works. Personally, I smell like roses, so no armpit smell to me. Tranzend also claims that the fabric provides UPF 50+ protection against ultraviolet rays. Wash in cold water, then tumble dry on low. The shirt is wrinkle-resistant.
OK. Let’s go on horseback.
I don’t wear collared shirts when riding my motorcycles and rarely a long-sleeved shirt. However, I am testing the Tranzend Ultra shirt so I put it on to feel how this fabric works on a hot day.
This shirt is well made. It has a nice slim fit (you can order a size up) and is quite attractive. I love the texture of the weave. Tranzend says the Ultra Shirt is laser cut and the production involves “ultrasonic sewing technology” of whatever kind to eliminate seams.
No matter the speech, the Tranzend Ultra shirt is a quality garment with plastic snaps on the front, a traditional button at the neck and magnetic closures on the cuffs. I was afraid the magnets would come apart when I put an arm in my jackets, but they held on.
The most difficult test was on a ride with temperatures between 95 and 98 ° F. I was wearing the same motorcycle jacket that I had worn the day before with a poly t-shirt in temperatures similar to for comparison. In an unscientific review, I got the impression that the Ultra Shirt is a bit cooler and wicks moisture away, which supports Tranzend’s claim.
As I stood in the heat at the Rock Store with some mates, I really didn’t feel much of a difference from poly. However, while driving, the Ultra Shirt started to function. I felt cooler and the air passing through my widely ventilated jacket just made the sweat evaporate quickly and left me feeling nice and cool, even more so than the poly.
So the Tranzend Ultra shirt works as shown. It refreshes me as much, or better, than any of my other t-shirts. With its stretch, it is extremely comfortable in the saddle. The fabric is breathable and has perforations under the arms for air circulation.
The Tranzend Ultra shirt is available through Kickstarter. Tranzend successfully offered and delivered its Ultra Suit on Kickstarter in 2017, along with the crowdfunded Ultra Suit 2.0 and Ultra Coat, so Tranzend has a believable story. However, as always with Kickstarter, you buy at your own risk. Kickstarter’s exclusive price is $ 109 (plus $ 15 shipping worldwide – design in Taiwan; made in Vietnam), with a claimed MSRP of $ 179. The estimated delivery date is December 2021, and the project has already exceeded its pledge target by four times.
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