Brands have been quick to take advantage of the growing abundance of eco-friendly performance fabrics in order to help themselves, and riders do their bit for the environment. That's exactly the case with Leatt as the brand has released a new range of jerseys adopting Tencel technology and yarn made from coffee beans.
To make the range of jerseys eco-friendly, Leatt has made use of Tencel, WarmYarn and IceYarn technology.
Tencel is a sustainably produced fabric made from a botanical origin that's then formed into fibres. That means that while comfortable during the garment's life, it's biodegradable once disposed of.
Tencel technology is found in Leatt's new MTB Gravity Jersey 2.0, a long sleeve, tailored riding jersey, It gets a stretch fit, ideal for fitting over body armour and it's said to regulate temperature for a range of climates. As with many of Leatt's jerseys, its collar is designed for use with, or without a neck brace, there's a microfibre goggle wipe and a pocket. There's also a women's specific version available.
The MTB All-MTN Jersey 2.0 is another of Leatt's jersey's that makes use of Tencel tech. It comes with all of the good stuff that we see on the MTB Gravity Jersey but it's built with shorter sleeves and overlock stitched seams. Although, the fabric isn't made to thermoregulate. Again, there's a women's model available but different from the long sleeve jersey, there's also a junior jersey.
As for the rest of the range, it uses Yarn Technology, and while that sounds fairly obvious, it's a fabric made using coffee beans and can be made to create a material that's designed to keep you warmer, or cooler out on the trail.
For example, the MTB Enduro Jersey 3.0 is made with IceYarn. Although it's a three-quarter length sleeved jersey, it's meant to keep you warm on cooler days. It's said that Yarn Technology dries 200 times faster than cotton and 50 times faster than polyester.
The MTB Enduro Jersey 3.0 gets perforation ventilation, overlock stitched seams, a collar design that's made for use with or without a neck brace, a pocket and a microfibre goggle wipe.
Another jersey made with IceYarn is the MTB Trail Jersey 1.0. It gets special IceYarn panels at the armpit and yoke to help with ventilation and comfort, and then there's a quick-drying stretch mesh with a ventilated back panel. Finally, there's a zipped pocket, a goggle wipe and over lock-stitched seams.
The MTB ALL-MTN Jersey 5.0 uses WarmYarn to keep you cool during hot days. It's built with WindBlock fabric on the chest arms and sides with a WarmYarn back panel to help regulate temperature. This jersey comes with brush guards on the shoulders and elbows, and there's an anti-slip function to keep your backpack in place. Like the other jerseys in the range, it's compatible with neck braces, then there's MoistureCool wicking material.
Rounding off the range is the MTB Trail Jersey 4.0, a long sleeve riding jersey with cargo pockets and a zip. This one gets a lightweight WarmYarn fabric with an ergonomic fit, 3 bottle size cargo pockets and a zipped back pocket. It comes with laser perforations at the armpits and back to encourage airflow with an over seat back length and grip strip.
Leatt's eco-friendly jersey range starts at £30 and goes right up to £70.
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