LifeLabs is on a mission to redefine sustainability standards in the apparel industry. Their clothing is designed to reduce the carbon footprint of its customers by easing their reliance on artificial heating and cooling.
The aptly named CoolLife line is aimed at our reliance on air conditioning, which currently accounts for 12% of our collective energy footprint. Just a +3.6 degree adjustment in the summer and a -3.6 degree adjustment in the winter could reduce carbon emissions by 153 lbs of CO2 per person over the course of a year. And the CoolLife Short gets you there by offering the best cooling of any short on the market.
The fabric technology used by LifeLabs is the first of its kind. Knitted from 53% recycled nylon and 47% Polyethylene (PE), the durable double-weave CoolLife fabric is the only infrared-transparent fabric that releases virtually 100 percent of your body heat. The net effect is measurable by a two-degree drop in body temperature. Not only that, but according to the Materials Sustainability Index, this PE polymer is the most sustainable among natural and synthetic textiles in the world.
And though this short might be your go-to on the hottest days when all you want to do is lay around in the shade like a savannah cat, it’s built to move when the chase is on. A high side split on the outside of each leg and a gusseted crotch construction means these shorts have a range of motion that will make your yoga instructor jealous. The unique waistband is encased at the front like a classic short, but is met with a custom solid elastic piece at the back that is fitting for a short built with an eye towards the future. The inside is seamless—no scratchy components or stitching that will rub you the wrong way. Finishing touches like an internal security pocket and rear secure envelope pocket at the back are useful so that you don’t have to stash your keys, phone, or cash the next time you want to sweat.
And because the short is supposed to be cool, it’s worth mentioning the semi-structured fit, subtle branding touches, and modern tonal colorways look great.
Turn off the A/C and prepare for the future for a cool $49 USD per pair right here.