Sportswear: how to choose the right one?
Choosing the right sportswear is important both for our health and the performance. In this article we will explore the essential characteristics and the best materials for your next sport outfit.
Choosing the right sportswear is essential both for our health and our performance, for this reason, if you want to buy a high quality item, there are some characteristics that cannot be missing.
The ideal sportswear must be comfortable and light, to allow us to carry out any movement in total freedom, but at the same time very resistant to withstand numerous washes.
Another essential feature is breathability; on the one hand to allow sweat to escape quickly, preventing the body from cooling down too quickly, on the other to avoid the proliferation of bacteria that will cause bad odors in the fabrics;
Especially for open air activities, it is essential that our clothing is able to provide a correct thermal insulation, to avoid sudden changes and to keep the body temperature constant;
Sportswear can be made of natural, synthetic or artificial materials.
Some of the most used natural materials are cotton, linen and wool.
Cotton and linen are among the most breathable materials and above all, are used in summer for outdoor activities. They are particularly suitable for low-intensity activities, such as yoga. Wool on the other hand, especially if mixed with synthetic fabrics such as polypropylene, can become an excellent ally for winter or mountain sports. The combination of these two fabrics, in fact, will guarantee to keep the skin dry and warm.
For artificial fabrics, instead, some of the most used materials are polypropylene, polyester and Gore-Tex.
Although polyester becomes breathable after a specific treatment, both polyester and polypropylene are breathable materials highly appreciated by athletes thanks to their ability to maintain thermal insulation and to their lightness.
Gore-Tex, on the other hand, in addition to being breathable, has excellent waterproofing capabilities, which is the reason why it is often used in the creation of clothing for outdoor sports, such as fishing or skiing.
Finally, among the most used synthetic materials we find acetate and lyocell, which, although with different techniques, derive both from the processing of cellulose.
Acetate, being a highly waterproof material, is particularly used in the production of swimwear. Lyocell, on the other hand, is well-known thanks to its hypoallergenic and humidity resistance capabilities.
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