Kickstarter of the Week: Pistol Lake activewear (and review)

Product: Pistol Lake activewear
Location: Los Angeles
Kickstarter End Date: April 29, 2016
Current Pledge: $50,174 of $20,000 (Funded!)

Environmentally friendly, functional, innovative, practical, and simple, Pistol Lake clothing is created from a new fabric, Eudae, combining recycled bottles and Eucalyptus tree pulp. So far, there have been no reports of koalas chewing on Pistol Lake apparel.

Pistol Lake’s shorts, leggings, shirts, tank tops, and hoodies are light-weight, soft, packable, breathable, moisture-wicking, and naturally antimicrobial. Yet they are also machine washable and won’t shrink.

The shorts feature a variety of convenient pockets, and the women’s leggings sport unique ventilated mesh cutouts near the knees.

I got the chance to try out a Eudae Tee, and I really like it. If you’re looking for something flashy, you’ll be disappointed, as the Granite colored shirt is totally lacking in trim colors, logos, or frills of any kind. But the beauty is in the design, craftsmanship, fabric, and comfort. And this shirt gets five stars in all those categories.

The Pistol Lake Eudae Tee: One of the best plain gray T-shirts you will ever own!

I wore the Eudae Tee on a warm morning run, and raised quite a sweat. In fact, my chest looked like a page out of a world atlas when I finished. The shirt doesn’t hide the unavoidable fact that runners tend to perspire on warm days, but that no-nonsense textile honesty is more than compensated for by the fact that within minutes the shirt and I were both completely dry, and I soon looked like a blank page in a running journal, with no evidence of the dampness remaining.

The shirt came with a very cool old-style label pinned to it.

The Eudae fabric feels simultaneously tough and incredibly soft and comfortable, with just the right amount of stretch. The tailoring and fit of the shirt are excellent, and the stitching and flat seams are very high-grade. And I’m a sucker for raglan sleeves! The shirt feels slightly thicker, heavier, and more substantial than the average tech tee, but in a good way. It’s the sensation of quality.

My shirt is number 18 of a limited run of 30.

One of my favorite things about the Eudae Tee, and Pistol Lake in general, was the hand written label that came pinned to the shirt. The type of garment, material, color, and size were all spelled out in pen. And best of all, my shirt was part of a limited edition: Number 18 of 30. Details like this make a piece of apparel seem special, and give you an appreciation that real people have put a lot of effort into creating a high-quality product and stand behind it. This plain gray shirt with no logos will be a prized piece of my running wardrobe for years to come!

Pledges start at $55 for one item scheduled to retail for $70, with an estimated delivery of October, 2016.

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