Base Layer are essential sports textiles, especially in winter. Combining them with other layers of clothing creates a functional layering system that allows us athletes to react optimally to a wide range of weather and temperature conditions. As a result, we can be optimally equipped on the mountain, on the slopes or during another favourite sport.
For men, on the other hand, there are anatomical reasons that occasionally make carefree sporting activities even more difficult. The Canadian-based brand BN3TH APPAREL has taken up this idea and developed a Base Layer with a special 'MyPakage Pouch Technology'. What exactly is meant by this, we go into it later in this article. In any case, the Glacier Creek Merino Full Length Base Layer convinced the ISPO Award jury not only with its warming characteristics but also with its exceptional comfort.
For all its drive for innovation and a push for brand awareness, sustainability is a major concern for the Canadian-based brand throughout its production process. “We've worked tirelessly to perfect this product to ensure it feels comfortable against the skin,” BN3TH Apparel developers explain of their approach. “Furthermore, by 2025, every fabric we work with should be made from sustainable, recycled fibres. 80% of our sales are currently products made from sustainable or recycled fabrics.” Sustainable manufacturing processes are intended to reduce CO₂ emissions in the process. In addition, the company invests in offset projects such as renewable energy, forest conservation and energy efficiency.
To ensure that the focus on sustainably manufactured products remains continuously on quality, the developers looked at the best available materials for their product from the ground up. Already during the development of the Base Layer and the subsequent production process, merino wool crystallized as the most suitable material. Merino wool innately has certain advantages in terms of processing and differs from other types of wool, among other things, by its finer fibers, combined with a very high robustness. Especially for the high-quality requirements of sportswear, an absolute must. The material mix used in the Glacier Creek Merino Full Length Base Layer is sustainably harvested wool, elastane, and polyamide. The result is a high-quality, high-performance 200-GSM product that is perfect for all winter sports activities.
Merino is also one of today's most sustainable fibres, regulates temperature, doesn't stink and can withstand the harshest conditions. The merino wool used in the award-winning Base Layer is also certified according to the Responsible Wool Standard. This grants complete transparency of the entire supply chain. At the same time, the farm ensures animal welfare, land management and social protection for workers.
Let's take a closer look at the baselayer from BN3TH, because merino wool alone does not represent a special feature to be honored with an ISPO Award. In the beginning, the novel 'MyPakage-Technology' was already mentioned. So what exactly is the unique selling point of the merino underwear that ultimately won over the jury? Well, actually the idea is quite simple and ingenious for exactly this reason: a kind of pocket holds the man's genitals in place. For baselayers, such a pants design did not exist yet. The cut design on the inside of the baselayer makes it possible to safely place the intimate area of men. The result is zero compression in the intimate area, which ultimately leads to higher performance and a comfortable feel. And so it's the first "pocket" in a baselayer pant that eliminates the need to wear an extra pair of underpants, ultimately making the product award-worthy. BN3TH Apparel is confident that the quality of the Glacier CreekMerino balselayer will resonate with end users. The money-back guarantee in case of dissatisfaction underlines this assessment.
MyPakage Pouch Technology
Material: 83% Merino, 13% Polyamide, 4% Spandex
Available: since November 2021
Retail Price: € 97.00