Did you know that sweat itself doesn’t actually smell? What you’re smelling when you get a whiff of yourself post-workout are the waste products of the bacteria that have feasted on your sweat. Deodorant will help, but so will clothes designed to keep your kit as sweat-free as possible.
Sizes To Suit
Available from XS through to XXL, this versatile option has an inner pocket to store a phone, wallet or more, and a flattering fit that covers the stomach. Also available in green, grey and red. SIHOHAN
Opinions vary on whether there is a single best fabric when it comes to picking something that’s ideal of exercise, but one word that you want to look for is “wicking”. This means that the fabric is designed to pull moisture away from your skin. This is important as the longer sweat sits on your skin, the more chance bacteria have to make a meal of it.
Soft Cotton Blend
Padded design to reduce pain, blisters, pressure and moisture during activity. Structured with elasticity to maintain shape and fit. YUEDGE
Feet can smell a bit funky at the best of times and that’s before you add in any additional exercise. So, when it comes to socks, keep an eye out for a cotton blend that means feet will sweat less, clever anti-bacterial finishes, or copper-infused yarn that contains ions that kill the bacteria that cause odours.
Keeps You Warm
Light synthetic shirt for all outdoor activities. Available with V-neck or zip instead of round neck and in several other colours, including camo, navy, grey and white. Mountain Warehouse
As well as wanting fabrics that will wick sweat away quickly, you also want fabrics that will dry quickly. Especially if you’ve got periods of intense exercise followed by rests, as the last thing you want is a clammy shirt as you cool down. Synthetic fabrics are great for doing exactly that, but do need a quick wash or they can harbour odours. A better option can be a fine merino wool instead. Wool handles moisture well, and also contains fatty acids that absorb bacteria, meaning your gear stays stink-free.