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It’s Time You Started Doing Less Laundry

Thanks to Polygiene, you can save water and energy, extend the life of your clothes, and smell better after a ride.

Picture this: You’re on a road trip and you reach into your bag to grab a mountain bike jersey and it smells like a PCT thru-hiker is living in your duffle bag. Yep, stink happens. Especially after days on the road wearing the same layers for sweaty bike rides. But what if your clothes didn’t have to smell so bad?

Some scientists in Sweden have figured out a remedy. It’s called Polygiene, and it’s an antimicrobial silver salt solution that combats odor-causing bacteria at its source. Apply that treatment to fabrics and your clothes stay fresher for longer, which means you can skip a laundry load without your riding partners stiffing you from six feet away.

“It’s a silver ion wash that fully coats the fabric and the yarns so that it won’t absorb moisture or odor,” says Chris Blum, Flylow’s senior director of product. “It basically repels odor before it starts.”

In our spring 2021 collection, Flylow added Polygiene to all of its knitted, technical tops, like the Bandit ShirtShaw Shirt, and Garrett Shirt for men, and the Moonlight ShirtHawkins ShirtJana T, and Jessi Shirt for women. Basically, if the shirt is designed for getting sweaty in, we added Polygiene to make you less stinky after a ride or run. You’re welcome.

The Benefits of Polygiene

The benefits of your clothes being less smelly are surprisingly plentiful. Let’s start with the versatility factor. You can now go for a ride, then grab a beer after without having to change out of an offensively stinky top. You can pack less on your next trip and wear the same shirt for a few rides in a row. You can avoid going to a laundromat on your next road trip.

The environmental benefits of not washing your clothes are huge. Did you know that every time you do a load of laundry in a washing machine, millions of plastic microfibers are released into the water and eventually find their way to the ocean? That sucks. (Not to mention the leaching chemicals found in some detergents and dryer sheets.) Plus, the carbon footprint of doing laundry is surprisingly big (wash in cold water to cut that down by heaps), while dryer machines are total energy hogs. A clothes dryer zaps 6 percent of your home’s energy.

Then there’s the water usage: Most standard home washing machines burn through roughly 41 gallons of water per load. That’s enough to bathe a small elephant. When water scarcity is a global problem impacting more than 40 percent of the world’s population, why are we wasting gallons of precious clean water just to get that hot sauce stain off our shirt?

“Think about how much water you can save by not having to wash as much,” says Blum. “You’re saving water, but also adding to ease in life. Less laundry is less laundry. Who doesn’t want that?”

Pictured: Moonlight Shirt in Agave

Pictured: Moonlight Shirt in Agave

Long-Lasting Apparel

Our design philosophy at Flylow is based a lot on what we need and what we wear every day. The clothes we make need to be functional, versatile, and also durable. Running your clothes through a washer and dryer every other day will start to break down those threads. So skipping a laundry load will actually extend the lifetime of your garment and improve its durability. That means less throwing out old shirts and replacing them with new ones. Your old one works just fine still.

“Being a company that stands for durability and versatility, those two things allow you to do more with the same garment,” adds Blum. “Go on a bike ride, meet up with friends—wear the same shirt. You may still stink, but your shirt at least will smell better.”

Bandit Shirt

A hooded, lightweight, long-sleeved shirt for river trips or paddleboarding.

Hooded and long-sleeved, the lightweight Bandit Shirt was built for days when you need sun protection but don’t want to overheat. We chose a quick-drying, polyester fabric that’s ideal for any water-bound scheme and designed it with a casual fit that feels cool even on the stickiest of summer days. The Bandit is a stretchy, breezy protector for serious time spent under the sun. With 50+ UPF, we’re confident you can spend days in this thing. And feel free to do so: A Polygiene treatment keeps body odors at bay.

Features

-92% polyester, 8% spandex
-30+ UPF
-Quick dry
-Hooded
-Raglan sleeves for mobility
-No direct side seams for superior fit
-Polygiene for anti-stick

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Shaw Shirt

Because some days, you want to ride your bike in a long-sleeved T.
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Inspired by downhill bikers and enduro riders but perfectly suited to everyone else, the Shaw Shirt is a streamlined, long-sleeve tech T that offers a layer of fabric protection from the sun and those inevitable crashes. This shirt feels lightweight and airy. It’ll wick sweat off your back and save your arms from a farmer’s tan. Plus, it’s got Polygiene treatment to keep the stench of too many rides between washings away. Streamlined stitch lines were made to wear with a pack and it comes with a handy glasses wipe under the hem.

Features

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-92% polyester, 8% spandex
-30+ UPF
-155 g/m2 knit
-Active stretch
-Polygiene for anti-stink
-Relaxed enduro Fit
-Sunglasses wipe underneath hem
-28.5-inch center back length

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Garrett Shirt

For mountain biking, you need a short-sleeve tech T built for active use. The Garrett Shirt is that and more.

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Whether you’re a downhill biker, a cross-country rider, or someone who commutes to work on their bike, the Garrett Shirt has you covered. With Polygiene treatment for anti-stink, this wicking, stretchy fabric moves with you and could go multiple rides without a wash. It has mesh panels on the side and neck for air flow and breathability and streamlined style lines to work better with a pack. For the simplistic design of this shirt, we drew inspiration from the DH world to make it tough, durable, and ready to descend. Bonus: Check under the hem for a hidden, microfiber lens cloth to clean your glasses.

Features

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-Body fabric: 92% polyester, 8% spandex
-Mesh panels: 88% polyester, 12% spandex
-Polygiene for anti-stick
-Opaque mesh panels for air flow
-Drop tail for coverage
-30+ UPF
-Sunglasses wipe underneath wipe
-30.5-inch center back length

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Hawkins Shirt

You don’t need to be a fearless downhill mountain biker to love the Hawkins Shirt.
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Its long, protective fit, odor-fighting superpowers, and three-quarter-length sleeves are ideal no matter how you chase dust and glory. The Hawkins offers more protection from the sun than your average T and has good throwback style. It’s technical enough to run or bike in—it’s got Polygiene treatment, which wards off the smell of sweat in your fabric’s threads and means you can save water by skipping a load of laundry between wears—but stylish enough to rock around town.

Features

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-Intuitive™ IQ fabric
-Polygiene treatment for anti-stink
-94% polyester, 6% spandex
-50+ UPF
-Quick dry
-Three-quarter length sleeve
-Retro stripes on sleeves
-Long fit
-26-inch center back length

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Jana T

A breathable, short-sleeved tech T for all your most active pursuits.
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For mountain bikers, we made the Jana T the best-looking MTB jersey you’ve ever worn: It’s got a drop-tail in the back, it’s made from quick-drying, breathable fabric, and we stashed a hidden lens cloth under the hem so you can clean your sunglasses on the go. For everyone else, we made a breathable tech T for your most active pursuits. Built-in Polygiene treatment fights odor-causing bacteria at the source, so you smell like a load of fresh laundry, even when it’s been days since the last wash.

Features

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-92% polyester, 8% spandex
-Quick drying
-Polygiene for anti-stick
-2-inch drop trail for MTB specific fit
-24-inch center back length
-Sunglasses wipe underneath bottom hem
-24-inch center back length

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Jessi Shirt

We designed the Jessi Shirt as a technical, short-sleeved running or biking shirt. But it does so much more than that.
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With breathable, wicking fabric and a long, flattering fit, it blurs the line between gym clothes and everyday favorite T. Plus, the Jessi Shirt blocks body odor before it starts, thanks to a high-tech, silver-chloride Polygiene treatment that lets you go days without washing it when you’re on the road. The stretchy, heathered fabric feels soft to the touch. With modern styling and a casual fit, the lightweight Jessi Shirt is the perfect shirt for running, biking, or simply hanging out.

Features

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-Intuitive™ IQ fabric
-94% nylon, 6% spandex
-Polygiene for anti-stink
-50+ UPF
-Quick dry
-Heathered fabric
-Four-panel body for mobility
-Raglan sleeves for mobility
-Woven logo on the bottom
-27.75-inch center back length

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Moonlight Shirt

Meet the Moonlight Shirt, a lightweight hoody made with 50+ UPF, for breezy days that include sun and water.

The Moonlight Shirt is your daily protector for all things sunny. Hiking in southern Utah? Strolling the beach at low tide? Outdoor activities devoid of shade often require protection from the sun but don’t allow us a break from overheating. The solution: The quick-drying and airy feeling Moonlight, built for breezy days that include sun and water. With 50+ UPF, you can spend all day in this lightweight hoody without worrying about whether you slathered enough sunscreen on your arms.

Features

-Intuitive™ IQ fabric
-92% polyester, 8% spandex
-50+ UPF
-Quick dry
-Hood
-Polygiene for anti-stink
-Overlap hood opening
-27-inch center back length

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