Remember my love affair with yoga clothes? Remember how I banned myself from buying more? That ban was in place so I could save money to attend the women’s retreat last year (and it worked and yes, I will acknowledge I used to spend a lot of money on yoga clothes). Once I stopped buying yoga clothes and broke my habit I got used to not buying them all the time and learning to love the ones that I have.
However, this doesn’t mean I never buy yoga clothes anymore. It just means I have gotten very selective about what I will buy.
I don’t remember how I learned about the existence of Bend. I think I stumbled upon them on Twitter. All I knew was I was very interested in trying some of their clothing and couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. You know what intrigued me about their clothing? On their site they say:
Our tops are predominately made with a blend of organic bamboo lyocell and cotton, which is incredibly soft (think cashmere/silk blend) with performance qualities (stretch capability, moisture wicking, antimicrobial). Bamboo fabric is also good for our planet because of its sustainability and other eco-friendly properties.
Ok – wait a minute. Clothing made from bamboo? What’s that about? Turns out it’s about awesome.
Bend is a new company and while they have some clothing released, they are working on developing more. I contacted them and asked if they had plans for shorts or some sports-bra type of thing. I explained that in a Bikram class, I would not be wearing pants. They do have a sports bra in the works and shorts are forthcoming. I will be trying both when they are released.
For now though I went with the Bamboo Comfort Racerback Tank. It is summer after all (or close enough)! I was amazed at how soft the material was. I have a couple of racerback tanks in various colors. I’ve had my Bend one for just a couple of weeks, and I am already living in it. It is incredibly soft and comfortable. Honestly, it’s one of my favorite pieces of clothing. I will get around to buying some yoga pants in the fall when it cools down a bit.
I did take my racerback tank to class, and I have to say it is incredibly comfortable to wear. I’m not a big fan of wearing a shirt or tank during class. I usually just wear the tiny yoga top and tiny yoga bottom, but I’ve given it a try and found that it works. I’m comfortable wearing it in the hot room, and it is very good at moisture wicking.
My current system is to wear the tank around the house on Day One and then wear it to class on Day Two. Then it goes in the wash. This allows me to get maximum enjoyment out of it (because who cares if the tank is a little dirty or smelly when I go to class?). I love this tank so much that I can’t wear it only to class because then I’d get limited enjoyment out of it.
Do you want to try Bend clothing? They are offering a special discount for My Bikram Yoga Life Readers (15% off!) just enter MBYL15 into the coupon code box when you check out to receive your discount. Then tell me what you think about it!
I contacted Bend about working with them to review a product. I purchased the tank reviewed for this post at a discount. However, my opinions are my own.