10 Pieces of Moisture-Wicking Clothing That Are Perfect for Lounging or Hiking

Patagonia/Glerups/Smartwool
Patagonia/Glerups/Smartwool

It's no secret that a large part of the population is still working from home. A June 2020 PwC survey polled 120 managers and found that they expect at least half of their employees to be remote one or more days a week, even after COVID is under control. That’s good news for people who love sweatpants: uncomfortable business clothing is out, and comfortable loungewear is in all day, every day. But if you don't have air conditioning at home, or live in a hot climate, it probably won't take too long to sweat through your favorite cotton T-shirt or hoodie.

That's where moisture-wicking fabrics come in. Moisture-wicking technology exists in a variety of synthetic and natural materials (such as wool), but the premise is simple: They pull moisture away from your skin to keep you dry when you perspire. Most moisture-wicking items are also quick-drying, since moisture evaporates faster when it's on the outer surface of fabric, rather than against your skin. Moisture-wicking fabrics make it easier to regulate your body temperature and ensure you don't walk around with wet clothes all day if you've already started sweating at 9 a.m.

As you might imagine, moisture-wicking fabrics are great for more than just working from home in the summer—they're handy for outdoor activities, like hiking and biking, all year round. Here are some of the best moisture-wicking items on the market, whether you're working from home, running errands, or gearing up for a 20-mile mountain bike adventure.

1. Smartwool PhD Outdoor Crew Socks; $16-$22

Smartwool/REI

You've probably heard of Smartwool, as they make literally hundreds of types of athletic socks. But one of their best is the PhD Outdoor Light Mid Crew Socks, which come in a variety of colors and patterns for men and women. Socks in the brand's PhD line are made from merino wool, a fiber that naturally regulates sweat and temperature. They're incredibly soft, and since they're moisture-wicking and odor-resistant, they'll help keep you more comfortable during summer hikes in heavy trail shoes.

Buy it: REI (Men's, Women's)

2. Black Diamond Solution ¾ Bottom; $95

Black Diamond/Backcountry

Hey, if merino wool works on your feet, it should work elsewhere, right? Luckily, Black Diamond makes some excellent cropped base layers that use similar materials as Smartwool. The Solution 150 base layer is cropped, so you can wear it on summer hikes or during your next Zoom meeting without overheating. In addition to typical summer activities, these can double as a base to wear under waterproof pants for winter sports like skiing and snowshoeing. Full-length versions are available, too.

Buy it: Backcountry (Men's, Women's)

3. Activist T-shirt from Houdini; $55-$85

Houdini/Backcountry

If your work-from-home uniform is a comfortable T-shirt and sweats or leggings, you'll love the Activist T-shirt from Houdini. It has a loose fit and crew neckline, and it's flattering on all body types. Although it looks like a basic T-shirt, the fabric's merino wool and Tencel blend work to resist odors, even if you wear it for multiple workouts in a row. It works well for throwing on in the morning before opening up your laptop, but it's also well-suited for travel, sports, or even acting as a pajama top in a pinch.

Buy it: Backcountry (Men's, Women's)

4. Columbia PFG UPF 50 Hooded Sweatshirt; $25-$60

Columbia

Columbia's PFG line of clothing strikes a great balance between being affordable and highly technical, so you can't go wrong with any option. However, this lightweight long-sleeve is an especially great choice as the fabric is UPF 50, meaning it blocks out around 98 percent of UV rays (cotton has a UPF of about five.) It also uses the brand's proprietary Omni-Freeze technology, which supposedly cools your skin if you start to sweat, and Omni-Wick, Columbia's moisture-wicking tech.

Buy it: Columbia (Men's, Women's)

5. Patagonia Fleetwith Dress; $75

Patagonia/Backcountry

The Fleetwith dress is chic enough to wear to a wine tasting or garden party but is just as functional as your favorite light rain jacket. It's made with moisture-wicking synthetic fabric and covered with a DWR coating to repel light water, so you can expect light rain to bead off the dress rather than being absorbed. The Fleetwith dress has two hand pockets, an adjustable waist tie, and uses fabric made from recycled materials to lower the amount of carbon released in the manufacturing process.

Buy it: Backcountry, REI

6. Columbia Utilizer II Solid Short-Sleeve Shirt; $30

Columbia

This shirt is a no-brainer for guys who find themselves sweating through their tees before lunch. It has a classic button-down design that's completely appropriate for business-casual meetings or casual Fridays. But it's also ideal for hiking and backpacking, since it has a host of outdoor-focused features, including the aforementioned Omni-Wick technology, an anti-microbial finish, vents in high-perspiration areas, and UPF 40 sun protection. The fabric is 100-percent ripstop, making it unlikely to tear or rip if you wear it out on the trails.

Buy it: Columbia

7. Momento Sports Bra from prAna; $44-$59

Prana/Backcountry

When you're working or playing in a hot environment, you want the layer closest to your skin to be moisture-wicking, especially in areas prone to heavy sweating. That's one reason why having the right bra is so important. The stretchy Momento Bra from prAna is always a good choice, and not just because it's wire-free. It comes with mid-level padding you can remove while working from home and has a mesh lining to help enhance airflow. And because it's a nylon-lycra blend, it'll dry quickly, even when you break a sweat during your next online spin class.

Buy it: Backcountry

8. Glerups Rubber Slippers; $135

Glerups/Backcountry

If you love slippers but don't love how they make your feet feel in the summer, check out Glerups. The brand makes slippers with uppers made from a proprietary wool blend. And just like with sheep, the wool does an excellent job of regulating temperature. It's also very breathable; after all, sheep wear their coats in the summer months, too. Glerups are particularly comfortable as the inner footbed molds to your foot shape, and the rubber outsole is durable enough to wear them outdoors or while running errands.

Buy it: Backcountry

9. Fjallraven High Coast Short; $64-$100

Fjallraven/Backcountry

Moisture-wicking isn't limited to just T-shirts and footwear. The High Coast Shorts from Fjallraven look like a modern cotton chino, but they're made with the brand's sustainable and high-tech G-1000 Lite fabric. It's a soft, flexible fabric woven with durable ripstop fibers and finished with a thin wax to make it resistant to light rain. Because the High Coast doesn't have the baggy, cargo-style look of many outdoor-specific shorts, you can wear them to happy hours or picnics where other guys are sweating through their khakis.

Buy it: Backcountry (Men's, Men's Hiking, Women's)

10. Tech Lite Crew T-shirt from Icebreaker; $45-$75

Icebreaker/Amazon

Icebreaker was founded in 1995 by an outdoor enthusiast who wanted to wear a performance fabric that didn't involve chemical treatment or manufacturing. And everything they make still follows that mentality, including their line of versatile solid color T-shirts. They're odor resistant and moisture-wicking, so you can wear them days (weeks?) in a row. But thanks to the classic cut, you can also throw it over khakis or pair it with jeans and a blazer for a business casual look.

Buy it: Amazon (Men's, Women's)

This article contains affiliate links to products selected by our editors. Mental Floss may receive a commission for purchases made through these links.

Amazon's Under-the-Radar Coupon Page Features Deals on Home Goods, Electronics, and Groceries

Stock Catalog, Flickr // CC BY 2.0
Stock Catalog, Flickr // CC BY 2.0

This article contains affiliate links to products selected by our editors. Mental Floss may receive a commission for purchases made through these links.

Now that Prime Day is over, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday still a few weeks away, online deals may seem harder to come by. And while it can be a hassle to scour the internet for promo codes, buy-one-get-one deals, and flash sales, Amazon actually has an extensive coupon page you might not know about that features deals to look through every day.

As pointed out by People, the coupon page breaks deals down by categories, like electronics, home & kitchen, and groceries (the coupons even work with SNAP benefits). Since most of the deals revolve around the essentials, it's easy to stock up on items like Cottonelle toilet paper, Tide Pods, Cascade dishwasher detergent, and a 50 pack of surgical masks whenever you're running low.

But the low prices don't just stop at necessities. If you’re looking for the best deal on headphones, all you have to do is go to the electronics coupon page and it will bring up a deal on these COWIN E7 PRO noise-canceling headphones, which are now $80, thanks to a $10 coupon you could have missed.

Alternatively, if you are looking for deals on specific brands, you can search for their coupons from the page. So if you've had your eye on the Homall S-Racer gaming chair, you’ll find there's currently a coupon that saves you 5 percent, thanks to a simple search.

To discover all the deals you have been missing out on, head over to the Amazon Coupons page.

Sign Up Today: Get exclusive deals, product news, reviews, and more with the Mental Floss Smart Shopping newsletter!

Hold High-Quality Zoom Meetings and Video Streams With the Logitech C922x Webcam

Logitech
Logitech

This article contains affiliate links to products selected by our editors. Mental Floss may receive a commission for purchases made through these links. If you haven't received your voucher or have a question about your order, contact the Mental Floss shop here.

The year of social distancing has brought everything from college courses to Thanksgiving dinner to a webcam stream, but not all cameras are created equal—most of the time, there’s one lagging video participant who is always blurry and frozen. You can avoid being that person with this Logitech C922x Pro Stream Webcam, which is 30 percent off today.

This webcam is designed for content streaming and broadcasting, so it's built with a full HD lens that records at 30 frames per second to eliminate lagging frames during fast movement or games. It also has an autofocus feature to optimize lighting and two integrated microphones with noise reduction. All of these features are in one compact device that can automatically improve your picture and audio without you doing a thing.

The Logitech C922x Pro Stream Webcam is also perfect for gaming streams on sites like Twitch and YouTube—so much so that it even comes with a free six-month Xsplit license, which will help you control the various aspects of your broadcast like sound levels, text overlays, music, graphics, and lighting. You’ll be able to record, edit, and broadcast your stream with professional quality.

Whether you need a better quality picture for weekly check-ins with your boss or a higher frame rate for capturing gaming, the Logitech C922x Pro Stream Webcam can help with tons of features, a free six-month Xsplit license, and a 30 percent discount today, bringing the final price down to $140.

Prices subject to change.

Sign Up Today: Get exclusive deals, product news, reviews, and more with the Mental Floss Smart Shopping newsletter!