The benefits of bamboo in warmer weather
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|Bamboo is an amazing material, increasingly used for a variety of things from scaffolding poles in Hong Kong to - yes, you guessed it - socks.
|One of the great benefits of using bamboo fibres in fabrics is that they provide great heat regulation. In fact, as far as materials go for summer socks, bamboo is second to none. Here’s why…
Keeps your feet cool and dry
Even during a British summer, the days can get hot. And one of the first places to heat up is your feet. Feet and hands are part of the body’s temperature regulating system, so often get hot and cold in response to the changing weather.
During the summer, this heat can build up under layers of shoes and socks and cause your feet to get hot and sweaty.
Bamboo’s fibres absorb up to 3 times their own weight in water. This wicking property helps draw sweat from the surface of your skin.
Sweat helps cool your body down when it evaporates by removing some of the built up heat. But if your feet get too wet or the sweat has nowhere to go, the evaporation process slows down.
Bamboo helps speed up this process by absorbing some of the excess water. This not only helps the cooling process, but also means the excess moisture is drawn to the surface of the sock where it can evaporate more easily, keeping your feet dry.
The strong and soft fibres also have what are called ‘micro-holes’, which are pretty much what they sound like – tiny holes among the fibre. These allow air to circulate better through the fabric, also providing a cooling effect.