We’re currently stocking 100% polypropylene, NZ made thermal long sleeve t-shirts and long johns in 7 colour patterns
Sweet Shop (not Sweat Shop)
Yummy like a jar of your favourite sweets, not miserable like a 14 hour day in a sweatshop somewhere hot.
Do you know where your clothes really come from? Wearing these gorgeous colours you can be absolutely sure that they were made by a lovely company in New Zealand by properly looked after employees with safe and fair working conditions.
Baa. Ram. Ewe.
Although our garments have no connection with sheep, other than their association with New Zealand (where there are more sheep than people), this design was inspired by the stage lighting at our favourite Bristol live music venue! (geddit?) Wild Striped Base Layers rock!! (Great for climbers too ;-))
A very classy stripe, but also very versatile. These will keep you cosy warm whether you’re at Beaulieu, Bognor or Balmoral! Now, our stripes won’t keep you dry if you literally go in the drink… However polypropylene is what they call ‘hydrophobic’ which means that the fabric cannot hold moisture and has what rugged outdoorsy types call ‘outstanding moisture handling’. In practice this means that you won’t get that horrid clammy feeling and won’t chill if you get soggy with drizzle or sweat. Wild Stripes® Base Layers may be hydrophobic, but you don’t have to be!
Wild and Striped Camo
Vibrantly understated, this design is great if you love Wild Stripes® Base Layers but don’t want to scare the birds or want to harmonise more with the natural environment. We only source from suppliers and manufacturers who are continually working to minimise environmental impact, and once you’ve worn them out (which may take quite a while!) you can send them back to us and we will make sure that they are recycled properly. And so the world keeps on turning…
This is a cream and very dark navy breton stripe and it’s called ‘Honfleur’ because Claire vividly remembers the first time she saw a striped Breton top – on holiday on the family boat along the North French coast. Gilling about waiting to lock into Honfleur (an experience as you will know if you are familiar with the ‘French mooring style’ that neccesitates keen nerves and a sharp eye), one of the other boats had a lady with long flowing dark hair sitting on the stern rail playing a squeeze box as they all pirouetted and jostled. It was a beautiful wooden yacht, shiny with varnish, and the lady was of course wearing a Breton top. To this day it is still one of the coolest things Claire has ever seen.
This bold pattern is sure to get you noticed for all the right reasons, whether you are on the mountain, on the road, or just in the garden. Our 100% polypropylene Isofil fabric is what is known in the trade as ‘dope pigmented’ which is probably not what you think but means the yarn that makes our fabric is not dyed but coloured before spinning and so it will not fade and is really durable and stain resistant.
New Quagga (pron ‘kwa-gga’)
We nearly called this stripe ‘Beetle Juice’. ‘Boolean’ was also an option (that’s a bad IT joke) and even ‘National Speed Limit’ was considered for a while… However, as everyone knows, the latin name for zebra is ‘Equus Quagga’ so how could it be anything else? Now, we’re not promising that they might keep you cool on the plains of the Serengeti or help you hide from lions (see Why do zebras have stripes?) but they will definitely keep you cosy.
We make no apology or pretence: The inspiration for this stripe was a picture we found on the Internet. If only we could have a life like the girl in the pic. One day, one day… But til then we can at least now wear long johns like hers! This is a very dark navy and white stripe with contrasting white. Don’t worry about it showing any grubbiness, polypropylene is incredibly stain resistant. Do your worst and it will wash clean white again!
Well, we’ve gone really wild with this orange and purple! If you’ve been following us closely you will know that this stripe was suggested by a man in Scotland who climbs hills in trainers. Those of you who also like to do such things (either in boots or trainers) will know that the Munros are the mountains in Scotland with a height of over 3000ft. And there are 282 of them.
Despite having such frivolous colours, our stripes have a serious side. When you’re in the elements you need kit that you can trust to perform. Polypropylene has outstanding wicking and moisture management, which is important not just for comfort, but for safety too. Did you know that the armed forces choose polypropylene for their base layers?
Red, white and blue. But classy navy like the Blue Ensign flown by the Commodore. A classic… And don’t worry, the red contrast makes it all much less ‘Jubilympic 2012′. Polypropylene is incredibly durable and washes really, really well. Which all means that you could well be having fun in this for years to come…
Thin and Fat Fulmar
This grey and navy stripe reminds Claire of one cold, grey dawn somewhere off of Denmark above the German Bight, alone on watch as the horizon slowly came back into view. She had Chicane on her tape walkman (it was 1997) and as the light lifted she saw a solitary Fulmar criss-crossing back and forth low over their wake. Grey and Navy. Which was the sea, which was the bird, and which was the sky?
This is, erm, black with black stripes? ….No? There’s no fooling you is there… Okay, it’s the one for those of you who don’t really dig the stripes but need the outstanding thermal properties of polypropylene. (Remember, there’s no such thing as bad weather, just innapropriate clothing!)
However, please leave the rug alone man. It really ties the room together.