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Temperature control fabrics: optimising wearer comfort, 2013 edition

  • June 2013
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  • Textiles Intelligence
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  • 37 pages

Clothing made from temperature control fabrics plays a critical role in boosting the physiological comfort of the wearer -- and such comfort can have a vital role to play in the performance of an athlete. A major trend in the outdoor wear industry is the use of fibres and fabrics which utilise thermal adaptive technology for specific parts of the body.

This technology moderates the effects of temperature fluctuations by warming the body when the temperature drops or cooling the body when the temperature rises.

Other technologies -- such as silver-based fabrics, battery-powered garments and adjustable insulation systems -- are also attracting the attention of outdoor enthusiasts.

This report provides a wealth of information on: the physiology of temperature regulation; the role of clothing in temperature regulation; and the different types of temperature regulating fabrics and materials.

The report also features detailed information on recent innovations in temperature control fabrics and apparel, and provides an outlook for the future of the market.

Table Of Contents

Temperature control fabrics: optimising wearer comfort, 2013 edition
List of contents

SUMMARY
SUMMARY
PHYSIOLOGY OF TEMPERATURE REGULATION
Heat loss from the body
Radiation
Conduction
Convection
Evaporation
Respiration
THE ROLE OF CLOTHING IN TEMPERATURE REGULATION
Insulation
Breathability and moisture management
TEMPERATURE REGULATING FABRICS AND MATERIALS
Insulating materials
Natural insulating fabrics
Synthetic insulating materials
Thermally adaptive fabrics and materials
Shape memory materials
Phase change materials
Electronic devices and wearable technology
Cooling additives
DESIGN OF TEMPERATURE CONTROL GARMENTS
Design features of temperature control garments
Tools used in the design of temperature control garments
Adidas BodyMapping
Comfort mapping technology
KEY PRODUCERS OF TEMPERATURE CONTROL MATERIALS AND
THEIR PRODUCTS
3M: Thinsulate
Advansa: Thermo°Cool
APT Fabrics: Aclimatise
Columbia Sportswear: Omni-Freeze Zero
HeiQ Materials: Adaptive
Interactive Wear: IthermX
Invista: Thermolite
Libolon: CoolBest II
Litrax: Dry-Balance
Luxilon Industries: Luxicool
Marmot: MemBrain
Nylstar: Nylair
Nilit: Nilit Breeze
Noble Biomaterials: X-Static
Outlast Technologies: Thermocules
Patagonia: Encapsil
Polartec: Polartec Alpha
PrimaLoft: PrimaLoft One
Rhodia: Emana
Schoeller Technologies: C_change
Schoeller Technologies: coldblack
Schoeller Technologies: solar+
Singtex: Eco2sy
Smartfiber: smartcel clima
Sympatex Technologies: Reflexion
Thermore: TMK and Rinnova
Toray Industries: Dermizax
Toray Industries: Quix Down
W L Gore and Associates: Airvantage
W. Zimmermann: Novonic
OUTLOOK



List of tables

Table 1: Skin temperatures in different parts of the human body
Table 2: Clo values for different items of clothing and footwear
Table 3: RET values and wear comfort
List of figures
Figure 1: Adjustable cuff
Figure 2: Drawstring hem
Figure 3: High collar with drawstring tightener
Figure 4: Mesh panelled sports bra
Figure 5: Storm flap
Figure 6: Powder skirt
Figure 7: Ventilation flap

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