With company principles of “comfort | style | eco-friendly materials” KLeN Laundry is keeping things simple and clean. Founded in 2008 KLeN (pronounced clean) set out to do things a little differently than companies have in the past. KLeN makes a range of products from underwear, to undershirts, socks, and accessories. Sorry ladies, outside of a couple of sock options this one is just for the guys for now. KLeN Laundry gave me the opportunity to test and review some of their products and here’s what I think.
KLeN Laundry Review
From the second I opened up the package, the first thing that I noticed was how soft everything was. I knew it was going to be comfy. Principle number 1? Check. The shirts, socks, and boxer briefs were all soft to the touch, smooth, and lightweight.
Everything made by KLeN is based on bamboo fibers. While not 100% bamboo, the majority of the fabric used is bamboo. The benefits of bamboo are well known: naturally antimicrobial, temperature regulation, and natural UV protection. When it comes down to it, these shirts are not going to stink! I wanted to put this to the test to see if it would hold up. I was a little skeptical because the shirts contain a little spandex, which can hold odors. I put three runs and a couple of other workouts into the shirt without washing. At the end, it was smell free.
The products feature a mix of bamboo, organic cotton, elastane, nylon, or spandex. Everything going into the products is eco-friendly. KLeN is also a participant of 1% For the Planet and have run a “Trees for T’s” program where they’ve planted a tree for each t-shirt sold. Principle number 2? Check.
The undershirts while meant to be undershirts are stylee enough to cut it as a regular shirt. I asked my wife it she thought it’d cut it and she gave me the thumbs up. That day a couple people commented on the shirt as well. Principle number 3? Check.
What I did find, however, is that everything is good for everyday wear or for light activities. On my longer or harder days (or warmer days) the fabric would saturate and it wasn’t necessarily great at wicking. I wouldn’t recommend it for hard or heavy sports use if you are looking for performance in terms of wicking and drying. But hey, this isn’t necessarily what this stuff was made to do. If you’re just going to be keeping it a little easier and light, you’ll be well taken care of.
What’s in store for the future? This winter they are releasing a base layer line (featuring 95% bamboo) and some boot socks with a focus on snow, moto, and ski. This summer they’re releasing some new crew socks and some new fitted, custom hats. KLeN also runs a limited edition printed tee (see the sample on the right) and other limited edition items.
- KLeN lives up to their promises
- Everything is soft, comfortable, and has good style to it
- Company with a clean, reputable goals
- Products are good for everyday or light sports use
- Everything stayed smell free
- Products didn’t stand up to heavy use, they got wet, would take a while to dry, and weren’t the best at wicking (this isn’t necessarily what these products were made to do)
- No women’s products
KLeN Laundry is stepping up the apparel game. For everyday use and light activity you’ll be hard pressed to find something as comfy as this.
Buy Now: You can buy KLeN Laundry on their site and you can also find a list of participating retails there as well.