Fibre Athletics: a Technical Top Soft on Your Skin—and Conscience, too

Fibre Athletics: a Technical Top Soft on Your Skin—and Conscience, too

Are tech tees exciting? Nope, but the fact that this one is made out of recycled water bottles is.

Straight out of the gate, the Fibre Athletics Pursuit Top just feels good. Not only is the Berry color rich (no fade after multiple washings), the fabric is soft and comfortable. This makes it all the more surprising that the fabric is made from used water bottles. For real! Quoting from the tag, “Recycled PET Polyester Fabric is 100 percent post-consumer recycled raw material that is revolutionary in its inception and its potential.…” And it actually works! If you told me I was wearing something made out of recycled water bottles, a wacky found-art piece from Project Runway comes to mind, not this great-looking top.

It’s also a bona-fide technical tee. FibreAthletics has combined rPet® with Chitosante® treatment, which gives this top all the technical fabric features to which we have grown accustomed (sweat-wicking, anti-odor, etc.)—which was processed through an eco-friendly treatment made from crustacean shell waste. And made in the USA too. It’s nice to see another clothing company join Patagonia in the ethical eco-conscious athletic gear market. At $60, it’s in the Patagonia price range too, – but “you get what you pay for” definitely applies here.

Back to the literal touchy-feelies, when I told my nine-year-old goddaughter this top was made out of recycled water bottles, she shot me a look of great skepticism and reached out for a feel. “Whoa…it’s really soft!” (Followed by, “Ok, can we go to the playground now?”). Her mom agreed, the fabric feels great to the touch—and she complimented the color too – it’s also available in Nova Red, Ink Blue and Black.  

The seams are designed so well you’ll forget they are there. This holds true whether on the bike or out for a run. The fabric weight is heavier than most of my other bike jerseys and tech tees; not bad the Pacific Northwest where it tends to be a touch cooler here than everywhere else. It just won’t be the top I grab when it gets into the 80s.

The back pocket is a nice feature, big enough for a couple of items, but it’s a struggle to jam my phone, money clip, and keys all at once. It’s also not ideal for easy phone access (I have an iPhone 6s). I prefer about twice the storage when I go out for a serious ride, but this suits me just fine for a run, or a quick after-dinner bike ride and errands. Plus the curved hemline provides complete coverage while I’m stretched out on my road bike.

On my athletic-to-curvy build, the fit is snug in the shoulders and bust, comfortable around the arms (and I’ve been told I’ve got guns), but pretty breezy around the waist. There’s a little more extra fabric around my middle than usual, and it rests on my hips. I’m not opposed to a snug or breezy fit – I just want it to be consistent top to bottom.  

All in all, if the fit works for you, and you’re an eco-conscious shopper, this top is a great investment. It scores 2 out of 3 in the Reduce-Reuse-Recycle trinity; not only does it check the “recycle” box, it counts toward the “reduce” category too – because you won’t need to replace it anytime soon.

Final thought: Greener than my lawn.

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