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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Tani USA Thermal Underwear Review

So, I get an email from the PR folks at Tani USA asking if I'll review their underwear. I passed on the opportunity as there is no way I'm posting a picture of myself in briefs. However, after some discussion, they offer a pair of thermal underwear for me to review. Me being in Boston and having just lived through their snowiest season ever, I accept the challenge.

A day after their package arrives, the temperature hits 70° F. The temperatures have since come back in line with the norms, if not being a little colder as nights have been in the 20s lately.

What TANI sent me is a set of their thermal underwear, Thermaluxe Thermal Set. My first impressions of the product is these are not your run of the mill thermals. All the thermals I've owned in the past were your typical waffle knit set, with a mostly cotton / poly blend for a material. Tight enough to go under another garment but not too thin given the material. These are my new favorite underwear. 

The key to the thermals is the material. It is a 91% Polyamide material and 9% Lycra. You might not have heard of Polyamide, but it is the generic term for Nylon. So, basically, I'm wearing pantyhose all over my body. They call the material Nilit. From their marketing material, it is like insulation for your body and actually captures and conserves your body heat to warm you from the inside out. It also wicks moisture away. So, the next time I'm out shoveling snow, I'll definitely be wearing these.

It really does feel like you're wearing body pantyhose. They are that thin. They don't feel like they're going to run though. That must be the Lycra. And, they are machine washable.

There is one other thing that is interesting about the yarn used to make the thermals: it has anti-bacterial properties. But, the how part of this is what makes it interesting. Not only am I wearing pantyhose, but I'm also wearing coffee, or coffee charcoal to be specific, from the coffee bean shells. It is the carbon coffee in the fibers that has a deodorizing effect and gives the material its anti-bacterial properties.
Oh, and did I mention they're warm, or at least they keep me warm. Now, 20 degree nights isn't like the below zero temps and nine feet of snow we had last winter, but the season is early and I hope to put these to good use once the weather gets even colder. The thermals are really lightweight and will easily fit under all the extra layers I'll be wearing when shoveling. While I'd like to say I can't wait to try these fully, I'd like a little more time to not really need them.

The last thing to mention about the thermals is the price. They retail for $245, for both top and bottoms. If you live in the right environment, it will be money well spent. I wouldn't recommend getting them if you live in Hawaii, Florida, or southern California, but for New England winters, they're a great investment.
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