Outdoors

Keeping warm with recycled coffee beans

Virus base layer garments provide use recycled coffee beans in the fiber to provide warmth and protection
Virus base layer garments provide use recycled coffee beans in the fiber to provide warmth and protection
View 6 Images
Virus Action Sport Performance showed its Stay Warm line at SIA this week (in the Central time zone)
1/6
Virus Action Sport Performance showed its Stay Warm line at SIA this week (in the Central time zone)
Virus base layer garments provide warmth and protection
2/6
Virus base layer garments provide warmth and protection
The Stay Warm line comes in a boot cut that comes just above the boot
3/6
The Stay Warm line comes in a boot cut that comes just above the boot
Virus Action Sport Performance clothing
4/6
Virus Action Sport Performance clothing
Compression gear from Virus has a relaxed fit
5/6
Compression gear from Virus has a relaxed fit
Virus base layer garments provide use recycled coffee beans in the fiber to provide warmth and protection
6/6
Virus base layer garments provide use recycled coffee beans in the fiber to provide warmth and protection

They clearly like a coffee over at Californian sports clothing company Virus. While its employees might order a mocha latte, the company is interested in the grinds. Virus' StayWarm line uses what it calls Coffee Char, or coffee charcoal in the construction of the fabric. The grounds are recycled and processed into a natural fiber to produce a comfortable base layer fabric that traps heat close to the skin.

According to Virus, tests have shown that the garments' heat trap increases surface temperature by 10 degrees Fahrenheit and no chemical treatments or applications are used to provide these insulation properties.

While Stay Warm keeps you warm, it still wicks moisture away from skin. When body heat turns up the temperature and perspiration levels, additional features of the garment kick in. These include UV shielding and anti-odor properties that fight stink - a function that the company says is due to the selection of compounds woven into the fabric that deter the growth of microbes.

One word of warning, use the Stay Warm clothing as a first layer, but wear layers on top. A wind-breaking layer is advisable in order to keep cold air from breaking through the barrier of warmth.

Virus showed its Stay Warm line, in addition to another line that cools with jade called StayCool, at the Snowsports Industries America (SIA) show last week in Denver, Colorado.

The nine items currently in the Virus Action Sport Performance Stay Warm line include the Coffee Charchoal Long Sleeve Fitted top for US$38; Long Sleeve Compression Crew Neck for $48; Men's All Weather Performance Boxer for $30.50; Men's Stay Warm Boot Cut ¾ Length Compression Pant for $54.50 and a Men's Stay Warm Form Core Warmer Sleeveless Top for $60.99.

5 comments
Pete Esanbock
I am just using them for adding to my compost pile!
Devon Nullz
This sounds like they used recycled grounds as a checkbox for marketing.
windykites
It sounds like the grounds are turned into carbon fibre. Charcoal is used as an odour absorber(as in Odor Eaters)
Tamai Sinclair
Has anyone heard of wool? It retains 14% moisture at all times that acts as built in heat store. I wear merino wool under my wetsuit, on the coldest days, steam rises off me when I take my suit off. Wool is the renewable resource. http://www.biotechlearn.org.nz/focus_stories/wool_innovations/wool_fibre_properties
kellory
How do these compare to Under Armor?
Thanks for reading our articles. Please consider subscribing to New Atlas Plus.
By doing so you will be supporting independent journalism, plus you will get the benefits of a faster, ad-free experience.