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My list of favorite fabrics starts and ends with merino woolHappy Chrismukkah shirt . It just does. Merino wool are soft, comfortable, durable, insulating yet breathable, stylish, and just plain fit. They are the best. However, if you’re not into merino wool or don’t love how much it can cost (merino can be pricey), polyester blends, like 80/20 poly-tencel, are a great quick dry, comfy, stylish option that hold their shape after multiple washes while still offering a lot of stretch. Nylon blends are also pretty great, but don’t typically hold up as well over the long run. Everybody wants a travel that can dry in minutes after a wash—and you should. The ability to wash and hang-dry your clothing is a sweet travel luxury that you don’t really appreciate until it becomes part of your routine.
My personal measuring stick for quick dry is one that goes from wet to damp in 30 minutes, and hand dry in a few hoursHappy Chrismukkah shirt . Barring that, quick dry should always dry completely when hung out overnight. You should be able to wash it and wear it the next day, no matter what. The reason quick dry fabrics are such a big deal for travel is that you (typically) do lots of stuff in a travel. Hiking, running, even sitting on that long-ass bus ride causes you to sweat, and stewing in sweat is a bad thing for your skin. We lose a lot more body heat through damp clothing than through the chilly air (about 20x more heat actually), so a sweaty on a morning hike can cause you to get cold much more quickly than a dry. Also, sweat and moisture increase friction against your skin—so you’re gonna chafe if you’re wearing a sweaty. Stop discomfort before it starts with a travel that keeps you dry with moisture wicking and quick dry fabric.