Review: Swrve Modal Tees

Swrve is a very cool brand, it's apparel that is made to look casual, but also to function very well on the bike. In the past I've reviewed their WWR Trousers, Durable Cotton Trousers and Indigo Jeans. In this review I turn to their tops, and take a look at their Modal tees, both in the long and short sleeve variety.

The Modal range is a collection of cotton tops that have the positive qualities of bamboo, but without the drawbacks of bamboo tops, which tend to stretch with use.

Modal fibres are 100% natural and derived from beech tree wood; it's a natural wicking material, so draws moisture away from the skin leaving you warm and dry, and much like Merino and bamboo, Modal is also naturally anti-bacterial.

The Modal fabric is a new phenomenon for me, but it is impressively comfortable; the close knit structure means that is is soft on the skin and a great insulator, despite its high breathability. It also seems to last extremely well; coming out of the wash looking like new, time and time again.

I became interested in the Swrve tees primarily because of their unique Modal fabric, but of course like other Swrve products, they are designed to be highly versatile for use both on and off the bike...

For example, the Modal cotton short sleeve tee looks great straight off, but it also doubles as a great base layer when riding. The flat locked seams and seamless armpits mean it doesn't irritate or rub, even with riding. Then the long hem, trim fit and thin (yet strong) fabric mean it feels and performs like a cycling-specific wicking layer. This is a cool top in more than one sense of the word.
The longer sleeve polo shirt option is also a great bit of apparel; ideal for the cooler days when riding around town or down to the shops. It uses the same fabric as the short sleeve Modal tee, but has a comfortable soft collar and three button neck, which adds a slightly smarter look and a means to cool down if you have to open up the vents.

These are both very nice tops, and great for both on and off the bike. They look smart and perform well; more great kit from the American brand.

Check out the range at Swrve.co.uk (Link) 

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