Kit Review: Rapanui Eko Bamboo T-Shirt

Verdict: The t-shirt definitely gets the muchbetter seal of approval.

Rapanui recently sent through their Eko Bamboo T-Shirt for us here at muchbetter to check out. In their own words, this T has already become a timeless classic, and they are not wrong.

The 70% Bamboo Viscose, 30% Organic Cotton material is incredibly soft and light to wear. The freedom of movement and decent body length make this t-shirt a first choice for any sport, and the classic understated design makes it easy to wear off the crag or out of the boat.

Products like this surely demonstrate the potential contribution bamboo can make to adventure sports clothing and equipment. If we can now just focus on finding a more acceptable way of separating those viscose fibres, then wed surely be onto a winner. For our in depth look at how eco-friendly Bamboo fibres actually are, click here.

But it is not just the quick drying silky material and the simple and effective design that makes this a great purchase at a competitive 24.95. Its the story that comes with it, that is to say the whole story.

Transparency is possibly the single most important issue surrounding ethical adventure gear. Why?

Rapanui work hard to make their entire production process transparent, from the sourcing of the organic raw material, to the manufacture in their fair wear foundation accredited factories in Turkey and the Isle of Wight, to the distribution system. Click here for more info from their website.

The only problem I found with the T-shirt was the embroidered leaf which introduced an element of stiffness that was otherwise non existent whilst embroidery is one of the leading eco choices for applying designs to clothing, I was just conscious of its presence. I am however particularly picky about how soft I like a T Shirt, and by this measure, the Eko Bamboo T is now a firm favourite.