If you’re not familiar with Tasc Performance they use the a Moso timber bamboo plant as the raw material source in their products. The bamboo is said to grow quickly (without the use of water or pesticides), and is responsibly managed (FSC Certified). The bamboo is then reduced to a cellulose level and regenerated into viscose or rayon which is what they use ultimately use in their products (learn more). This particular baselayer is 48% bamboo viscose, 47% merino wool, and 5% lycra spandex.
The most impressive thing about this base layer is how odor resistant it actually is. It’s far more resistant than any wool only base layer I’ve ever tested. I wore it camping for three days in a row and by the end I smelled pretty bad, but the shirt really didn’t get that smelly. Other benefits of the wool/bamboo combination is that it’s comfortable and UPF 50+. This base layer is also machine washable and dryer safe.
This is considered a mid-weight base layer. It’s a great piece of layering during hiking or skiing, but also works nice as an outer layer running, when temperatures dip below 40 degrees.
Sizing felt true to size. I usually wear a medium and this fit exactly like I’d want a medium base layer to fit.
Best used for: winter runs, hiking, camping, skiing
The Nola Crop is the most comfortable tight I’ve ever worn. I could basically end the review there. Tasc uses their MOSOtech material, which is 51% cotton, 34% bamboo viscose, and 15% lycra. The blend gives you the comfort of cotton, but the breathability of the bamboo and lycra spandex. The bamboo has a natural odor resistant that works great. It also offers UPF 50+ protection.
There’s a small hidden waistband pocket which could hold something small like a key or chap stick. I tested a size medium which has a 18” inseam and felt true-to-size. There’s a flat elastic waistband for comfort and kept the leggings stay in place during runs and hikes. These leggings are also available in really fun prints for an extra $10.00.
Best used for: lounge wear, yoga, hiking, work outs.