As someone who loves to explore, be active and keep moving, I want something that moves as much as I do. The Kydra Essential Tee is a seriously excellent shirt that I enjoy wearing for my active explorations out in Sunny Hong Kong.
Light to wear, easy to breathe, stylish and performing techwear makes the Kydra Essential Tee an inspiring shirt that is sure to grab attention and be as ready as you are for those intense workout sessions.
The Kydra Essential Tee is part of an expanding line of athletic wear from Singapore-based Kydra, first starting with the Kydra Flex Shorts V1. The flex shorts combined a lot of tech properties with smart-designed pockets that don’t weigh you down. While I’m putting the Flex Shorts V2 currently through its pace, the Essential Tee is one of a few shirt models (Traveller and Basic) they’ve released.. and it’s a great one.
Made out of 92% polyester and 8% spandex, the Kydra Essential Tee is lightweight, has a small footprint and feels great on the skin. Infused with an anti-odour finish, it worked like a charm after sweating excessively during my weekend hikes out in New Territories.
In addition to not smelling – even though I did sweat a lot, I didn’t feel it. The moisture-wicking properties meant I felt comfortable all the way to the end. Under 26 degrees celsuis heat, slight humidity and steep climbs under the beating sun; I really put it to the test.
Where I wore my backpack or sling bag, the trapped sweat imprinted sweat patches on the shirt – an expected property of polyester based shirts like any other sports apparel, but wicking sweat to the surface so you don’t feel sticky. On the other hand, When I did give my body a chance to breath, sweat would dissipate quite quickly from the Kydra Essential Tee so it never bothered me.
The Essential Tee is a sharp, stylish and modern athletic shirt to wear. I loved the fit around my body and arms in what I view my body type of athletic proportions. The red colour is vibrant and bold red, exuding confidence in standing out through the crowd and being visible even under the bright sun.
The Kydra font emblazed defiant on the front and Essentials slightly below it in a black to contrast – this is for those that want to push themselves beyond their limits and not hold anything back. An inspiring shirt for modern explorers, adventurers and athletes. The Navy, Red and Black colours all look great, with the two-tone black sporting a sleek look to it. I hope to add both colours to outfit further as I continue to push my limits beyond in Korea and Japan. The snow, the ice and the zero degree cold awaits.
I move between different lines of activities and I feel the Kydra Essential Tee is versatile to do just that. From running, to tennis, to hiking, trail running and football, I’ve worn the Essential Tee more than enough to know it’s fit for all these purposes and more.
Designed with the rest of their Kydra athletic wear, these pair great with the Kydra Flex Shorts that have in-built compression base layers and pockets to keep you moving with items secured. For those more windier or colder days, I hope a long sleeve version or heavy duty Essential line will compliment alongside the Essential Tee in more challenging elements.
Since I like to pack light, minimal and compact, the Kydra Essential Tee ticks all those boxes. The slimline materials mean it’s easy to fold and store away without taking a sizeable footprint in my backpack. The branding on the front looks like it’ll stay imprinted over the duration of wear and the modern fitted stylisation of the shirt gives it a contemporary and younger look to it. The Kydra Essential Tee is something I happily wear in the moments, and out of it too.
The Kydra Essentials Tee is a stylish, well-fitted sports apparel that has a modern look for the design-conscious. I loved wearing the red colour which is vibrant and stands out. And you’ll be confident wearing it to when you put it on. Functionally it’s fantastic also – lightweight, anti-odour, comfortable and smooth to the touch. This would easily make your everyday exercise kit, up to the most adventurous hikes and sporting climbs at altitude, or like my recent Spartan Race in Hong Kong.
Even if I pushed it’s sweat-wicking ability to the limit, I felt comfortable throughout the whole day and as an athlete or explorer, that matters a lot. It just looks great and feels great. Something to take-away for Kydra? I’d like to see an arctic white or slate grey version if they were to expand their colours, otherwise these are awesome.