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BAM Bamboo Women’s Tregarrick base layer review: a climate positive running top for cool adventures

This super soft, sustainably produced bamboo cotton base layer pulls sweat away from your body during cool weather runs, and keeps you cosy at camp

Tregarrick base layer
(Image: © BAM Bamboo)

Our Verdict

One of our top picks for running tops moving into cooler weather, this climate positive mid-neck base layer is made from super soft bamboo cotton to keep you warm and dry on the trails

For

  • Moisture wicking
  • Good odor control
  • Soft against the skin
  • Flattering fit and thumb holes
  • Sustainably produced

Against

  • Some sweat stains visible after one use

BAM Bamboo Tregarrick base layer: first impressions 

On the rack, this mid-neck flattering base layer is both stylish and performance based. It features a fun design based on Strava maps and feels extremely soft to the touch, made from a blend of absorbent bamboo and organic cotton which wicks away sweat when you’re on a run. It features thumb holes which are great for cooler runs and helps to regulate your temperature.

If you haven’t hopped aboard the bamboo clothing train yet, you’re in for a real treat. Bamboo absorbs five times more carbon than hardwood trees, it needs half the land cotton needs to produce the same amount of fibre and it doesn’t require irrigation or pesticides. As a fabric, it is super soft and moisture wicking fabric and meets the challenge of outdoor adventure.

Another fun aspect of BAM is that they provide details on the environmental impact of each product. This top alone avoids 2.6 kg of CO2e emissions in production and saves 842.3 litres of water according to the company. Add to that how well it works as a performance fabric and you can see why we love bamboo.

We love this as a running top going into cooler weather, but it also makes a great base layer for hanging out at camp.

Specifications

• RRP: £44
• Sizes available: UK 8 - 16
• Materials: Bamboo viscose (68%), organic cotton (28%), elastane (4%)
• Colors: Moss, CCM, Nordic Sky Trace Print, Purple Dahlia Trace Print
• Best use: trail running, hiking, camping, winter sports 

BAM Bamboo Tregarrick base layer: on the trails 

BAM Women's Tregarrick Base Layer

This base layer from BAM Bamboo is well on its way to becoming my go-to running top for cooler weather (Image credit: BAM Bamboo)

My first item of bamboo clothing was a pair of yoga pants that I bought back in 2008 and I was instantly hooked on this eco-friendly fabric. Despite what you might imagine, bamboo makes for an incredibly soft fabric and it’s high performing for outdoor adventures because it’s so absorbent and thermoregulating.

This base layer from BAM Bamboo is well on its way to becoming my go-to running top for cooler weather. It is super stretchy and flattering and of course it feels great too. It’s designed to hug the skin but doesn’t restrict your movement in any way whatsoever. The graphics, which are based on Strava maps, are really fun and I love the mid-neck and thumb holes to block drafts in cooler weather.

I’ve already worn this out on a few chillier evening hill runs with a windproof layer on top and while I’ve worked up quite a sweat, it’s kept me comfortable temperature-wise. There are the usual damp spots under the arms after a run, but it’s not soaking wet the way a cotton shirt would be and it dries fairly quickly.

A big advantage of natural fabrics like bamboo is that they don’t get as stinky as synthetic fabrics which means you can wear them more times before washing them, and that holds true for this top. I wouldn’t say it’s completely odor-free after a run, but I was happy to wear it a couple more times.

I noticed some faint salty sweat stains on it after using it once, and this may be more visible because I tested a dark blue shirt. Or maybe I’m just extra salty? Either way, it wouldn’t stop me from wearing it out and about but it might deter some people.

I’m planning on getting a lot of use out of this top for running, hiking and camping and think you’ll be impressed with it too.

Here’s how it performed:

Sizing

True to size, I wear a small and this is skin tight, the way I want a base layer to be, but doesn’t restrict my movements. 

Fit

Skin tight, mid-neck cut which is really flattering, with long sleeves. 

Comfort 

It really couldn’t be more comfortable. Bamboo fabric is some of the softest around and added stretch makes it easy to move in. 

Temperature regulation 

This top is great for regulating temperature. I’ve been wearing it on cold days and it keeps me warm before I really get moving, but once I start running it also keeps me from overheating. 

Breathability 

Wicks away sweat nicely. Some damp patches in the usual spots after my run but never felt clammy while running and it dries quickly. 

Durability 

Natural fabrics don’t have quite the longevity of synthetics, so to make them last you have to wash them less (which is where the odor control comes in nicely). This top has good seams and without constant washing should last a few years. 

Here’s where we tested BAM Bamboo Tregarrick base layer: 

This green loop made our pick of the best hikes near Glasgow and its initial climb makes for a challenging trail run past a couple of reservoirs before opening up to city news and long downhill by a stream.