Technical fabrics can accomplish marvelous feats. You can buy workout clothes that stay dry longer, reduce chafing, and don’t stink even after you’ve sweated through them. Now, a new garment technology on the market can help keep you from overheating while you’re huffing and puffing your way to your fitness goals.
Your body heats up under exertion, and sweating is your body’s way of cooling off. Sweat is pushed out through your pores, and as that sweat evaporates, heat is dissipated and the body’s core temperature is lowered. A company called 37.5 has discovered a way to accelerate this cooling process by infusing garments with microscopic natural particles—the active carbon of coconut shells and volcanic sands—that evaporate sweat more efficiently and help an athlete’s body manage heat. (The company takes its name from the ideal core temperature of the human body: 37.5 degrees Celsius.)
The company’s particles can currently be found in clothing from over 50 brands like Adidas, Under Armour, and even Tommy Bahama. The US Army uses the technology too, embedding 37.5 particles into fibers in garments worn by soldiers.
Let’s Get Small
The trick to wicking sweat rapidly is more surface area. By adding 37.5’s particles to a typical yarn used to make an athletic shirt, the surface area of that shirt can be increased by up to 800 percent.
“We create surface area microscopically,” says Gregory Haggquist, 37.5’s founder and CTO. The particles are small enough to be distributed in great numbers, Haggquist says—at least 10,000 tiny nubs are dedicated to wicking the sweat coming from a single skin pore.
Colorado’s Department of Integrative Physiology led a blind study on the benefits of cooling the body during activity to understand how it improves performance at high aerobic intensity. Researchers ran participants through three scenarios, one with a vest and sleeves filled with microtubes infused with cold water, another with a 37.5-embedded sweat-wicking shirt, and the third with the same shirt, minus the 37.5 technology. Performance improved most substantially from the cooling vest, but the 37.5 shirt resulted in a lower body temperature during the 60-minute exercise trial than the control shirt with no 37.5 technology.
Sun Mountain has a new top-of-the-line collection of golf rain gear for 2017 called Elite
The Elite Rain Jacket and Pants use waterproof fabric technology called 37.5 that has a two-year guarantee and offers up to 3X more breathability than competitors plus the stretch golfers need. 37.5 fabric dries much faster than most waterproof fabrics, too, diminishing wet cling. Elite is in golf shops and online now at $299.99 for the full-zip jacket and $259.99 for the pants. For the nearest Sun Mountain retailer, call 800-227-9224 or visit www.sunmountain.com.
“We are continually searching for technologies to improve the function of our outerwear,” explained Sun Mountain Vice President of Outerwear, Mark Heydon. “The new Elite Rain Jacket and Pants are made with the ultimate fabric that has a waterproof rating as high as any rain jacket we’ve ever offered, while being extremely breathable, and stretching like our RainFlex.”
Elite’s three-layer construction with 37.5 Technology keeps you dry inside and out by maintaining an ideal core temperature.
The body strives to maintain a core temperature of 37.5° C, and people are most comfortable when the microclimate next to the skin has a relative humidity of 37.5%. Not surprisingly, this ideal 37.5 comfort zone is also the ideal performance zone.
With 37.5 Technology, patented active particles in the fabric capture and remove perspiration vapor, using body heat to accelerate the process. The hotter a person becomes, the stronger the force removing perspiration vapor.
The bottom line is that 37.5 Technology helps maintain the zone of comfort and performance by breathing 50% to 300% better than competitors while maintaining waterproof protection. 37.5 fabric also dries up to five times faster than competitors, diminishing wet cling. And 37.5 Technology is made with naturally derived materials, so won’t irritate the skin, and the active particles are permanently embedded in the fabric, so will never degrade.
New technology is making specialty gym underpinnings a must
MISSION VaporActive is another leader in the male underwear realm, thanks to their Thermoregulation heating and cooling technology, which has proven extremely popular with athletes. “Our new MISSION VaporActive Underwear, powered by patented 37.5 technology, is clinically proven to dry five times faster than the competition, keeping athletes super dry and cool, so they can stay focused on their performance,” MISSION CEO Josh Shaw assured us.
Our reviewer agreed with Shaw, and said the technology works and stays cool, even during heavy lifting. “I literally drip buckets of sweat when I work out, and these never got that wet towel feeling that a lot of clothing material gets when you sweat in them a ton,” he explained, singing their praises. Even for the manliest man, who don’t want specific underpinnings for a workout, no-sweat underwear is a sound investment.
Wearing a base layer in hot weather seems to go against common sense. And yet, more and more cyclists are using them to help perform in the heat. It’s a move backed by a growing body of research showing that the right base layer is actually better than wearing nothing at all. In fact, a study by the University of Colorado has just proven that the right kind of base layer is the most important thing you can wear in hot weather.
KEY FINDINGS CHANGING THE USE OF BASE LAYERS
The research in question centred around our 37.5® technology; a revolutionary step forward in technical fabric, designed to maximise the body’s ability to maintain a steady core temperature. When tested against a traditional sweat-wicking shirt and a cooling vest, the experimenters found that using a 37.5® base layer:
Extend an athlete’s peak performance by 26%
Added core temperature cooling similar to a cooling vest circulating cold water
Increased efficiency so that athletes used less energy to get the same amount of work
Decreased the rate of core temperature build up
CONTROLLED BODY TEMPERATURE LEADS TO IMPROVED PERFORMANCE
The human body performs its best at the core temperature of 37.5°C. When you do any kind of cardiovascular activity in hot weather, your core temperature rises, and your body prioritises dealing with metabolic waste over providing energy to your muscles. As well as affecting your power and stamina, this can have really serious repercussions on your health.
THE DANGERS OF OVERHEATING
“When intense exercise occurs in the heat, the cardiovascular system simply cannot meet the maximal demands of the skin to decrease thermal load and the muscle simultaneously,” Douglas J. Casa, PhD, of University of Connecticut explains.
“Ultimately, maintenance of blood pressure will take precedence over the body-cooling skin blood flow and muscle blood flow, which simultaneously increases the rate of hyperthermia and metabolic inefficiency. This prioritizing can result in hyperthermia, especially in populations committed to maximal physical exertion like soldiers and athletes.”
MANAGING YOUR ENERGY EXPENDITURE
But research shows there are other benefits to managing your core temperature; by maintaining your optimum heat levels you can extend your performance at lactate threshold and increase your muscle efficiency, so that the same amount of work uses less energy.
HOW 37.5® WORKS
Our 37.5® fabric keeps your core temperature cool in a similar way to circulating cool water around it. It’s made of microporous particles that are embedded in the yarns of the fabric, carrying out three important jobs; absorbing sweat, absorbing heat, and absorbing infared.
MAXIMISING YOUR BODY’S NATURAL HEAT-BEATING SYSTEM
Your body already has the ultimate thermo-regulating system. The perspiration vapor that comes off of skin during activity cools the body when working hard. In fact, each gram of evaporated sweat releases 580 calories of stored heat. Unless this water vapor can be removed from your clothing, footwear, or gloves it builds up and creates a clammy and uncomfortable microclimate.
Unlike most sweat-wicking fabrics, 37.5® doesn’t simply spread your sweat across a larger surface area; it actually takes the sweat away from your body to the outside of the garment. This becomes even more noticeable when you start layering 37.5® fabrics – the inner layers will keep dry while the outside of your top base layer will start to feel wet.
This powerful wicking ability means that you dry much quicker and can keep your body at the optimum core temperature for longer. And because 37.5® is woven into the yarns of the fabric, it doesn’t wash out or become less effective over time.
CYCLE-SPECIFIC BASE LAYERS
Of course, our base layers are built to cope with the specific challenges faced by cyclists. They’re designed to be as comfortable and useful as possible on the bike, and fit perfectly underneath a cycling jersey. They’re also super lightweight, weighing just 85g per square metre.They’re made with a seamless construction and set-in sleeves, so there’s no chafing or excess fabric. We cut them with a low curved hem to keep the small of your back covered in the aggressive riding position, and a soft silicone grip stops it from riding up your back under your jersey.
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU men’s soccer team unveiled its new uniform from INARIA – an alternate, all-green third kit – for the 2016 season Wednesday night at Eagle Revolution.
For the 2016 season, the team designed a kit that’s completely its own as a translucent sublimated Eagle is subtly displayed across the University’s signature green color.
The jersey can be paired with either the royal blue or white short, giving the team more possible uniform combinations and full flexibility when it comes to choosing its look on match day.
“We’re excited that FGCU has decided to add a third kit,” said Saverio Michielli, General Manager of INARIA. “It’s not that common at the Division-I level, but it’s another chance for us to utilize the best materials and state-of-the-art technologies to deliver premium sublimation and an authentic look and feel.”
Earlier this week, the Eagles were installed as the preseason Atlantic Sun Conference favorites to win the league for a record seventh-straight year. Additionally, a trio of Eagles were named to the Preseason ASUN All-Conference Team: Nicolas Samayoa, Miguel Jaime and Albert Ruiz, with Samayoa being selected as the Preseason Defensive Player of the Year and Ruiz being the only unanimous selection to the 14-player team.
“Once again INARIA stepped up and designed a first-class kit for our program,” stated FGCU head coach Bob Butehorn. “It really gives FGCU a sharp look and unique identity in college soccer, and is something all of our players will wear with pride.”
INARIA incorporates leading technologies into its apparel to help maximize the athlete’s performance and comfort, including 37.5 technology. Fabrics designed with 37.5 technology dry up to five times faster than similar materials, and the Eagles will be wearing 37.5 technology for the first time this season.
INARIA has extensive uniform partnerships with professional players and clubs, including Toronto F.C.’s Sebastian Giovinco, who won the 2015 Landon Donovan MLS MVP Award, and a roster of D-I teams and elite amateur programs.
The 2016 season gets underway for the Eagles at Northwestern on Friday, Aug. 26, before returning for their home opener against Michigan on Monday, Aug. 29, at 7 p.m. The slate features 11 non-league matchups, eight home contests (all scheduled for 7 p.m. starts) and nine road competitions. Four opponents made 2015 NCAA Tournament appearances and four accumulated double-figure wins last season.
Season and single-game tickets are now available for the 2016 campaign, with season tickets starting at just $35. More information, including special discounts and group rates, can be accessed by visiting FGCUTickets.com. To purchase tickets, or for additional inquiries, call the FGCU Ticket Office at 239-590-7145 Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Will launch performance down products under ComfortMax banner with 37.5 technology
August 1, 2016
Seattle – Pacific Coast Feather Company will unveil a new performance down insulation through an exclusive partnership with Cocona.
The new patent-pending down fill is called ComfortMax and uses Cocona’s 37.5 technology. (37.5 refers to 37.5 degrees Celius, the temperature considered to be the optimum core body temperature for healthy sleep. ) The fill is designed to look, feel, and recover just like premium down, but with advanced heat and humidity management.
Key features of ComfortMax include:
Reduces moisture buildup in the down during activity, extending its comfort range;
Dries 39% faster than down;
Same dry time as DWR down with no dangerous chemicals;
No loss of warmth or fill power;
Insulates with CLO ratings equal to the highest quality down;
Same hand and feel as down;
Superior loft, compression, and recovery qualities;
Chemical-free performance that will not wash out.
The fill will be available in two levels of performance. ComfortMax 650 has a 650 fill power and is targeted for everyday, all-seasons use. ComfortMax 800 has an 800 fill power suited to luxury products, extreme cold weather or more technical applications.
“We are incredibly excited to partner with Cocona and 37.5 technology to evolve this category, and elevate the consumer experience with Down,” said Joe Crawford, ceo of Pacific Coast Feather Company. “Our joint efforts will enable us to push the future of natural fills, and meet a need in the marketplace for down comfort that far exceeds traditional performance.”
ComfortMax with 37.5 technology is constructed to increase the transportation of perspiration vapor that comes off of skin during activity, preventing it from becoming trapped within the body’s microclimate to minimize overheating and keep the sleeper in a zone of comfort.
“Working on this innovative new development with the PCF team has been a joy,” said Jeff Bowman, ceo of Cocona Inc. “It is rewarding to work with a company that loves their customers and is committed to providing them real technology with actual comfort and performance benefits, not just marketing hype.”