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There are many kinds of fitness jackets. Different fitness jackets come with different characteristics and functions. Fitness jackets can, for example, be made to be lightweight and moisture wicking, or warm and moisture absorbing.
Common performance minded fitness jackets are:
• Cool and light training jackets
• Wind and waterproof light running jackets
• Warm winter training jackets
FITNESS JACKETS FUNCTIONALITY
When planning to produce a fitness jacket, first the functionality has to be determined. Based on the intended usage, the materials and key features have to be chosen. Key features include pockets, the closure of these pockets, jackets closures such as zippers, buttons or velcro. Coverage, such as zipper guards, ribbed cuff and hems and proper insulation also play key roles.
very warm, breathable, eco-friendly, wicking, antimicrobial, not machine washable
warm, breathable, eco-friendly, moisture absorbent
cool or warm, waterproof, windproof, polyethylene terephthalate (fleece), anti-bacterial, anti-static, anti-UV, quick dry, softshell, breathable, warmer and generally stretchy, moisture-wicking
generally hypoallergenic, wool or cashmere-like feel, Strong, warm, stretchable, waterproof, windproof
cool, breathable, stretchable, shape recovery, quick dry, water repellent, anti-bacterial, anti-static, anti-UV, wicks moisture
soft feeling, durable, resistant to heat and tears, lightweight, takes on dye very well, does not wrinkle, water repellent, anti-bacterial, anti-static, anti-UV, breathable, moisture-wicking
According to customers’ requirements
Different materials have different characteristics. Cotton, for example, is breathable, water absorbent and warm. Once wet, however, the material is heavy and can lead to chafing.
Materials should be chosen based on the jacket’s requirements. Clearly defining the proportion of each material, helps factories to better understand your needs and achieve the required characteristics.
Brands which are new to a specific sports clothing segment are advised to find the right material combinations by wearing clothes from different sports brands. Most clothing brands state the used materials on a tag fixed to the clothes.
Sports brands often combine different materials to get a technical fabric that has specific required characteristics. Example fabric combinations are:
Nylon + Spandex
Polyester + Spandex
Polyester + Cotton
Spandex + Cotton
Wool + Polyester
Another important factor is a fabric’s weight. Material weight is communicated in grams per square meter GSM. Weight can range on the low side from 180 GSM (grams per meter square) that you’ll find at the massive big-box bricks and mortar discount stores upwards to 310 GSM. Light fabrics range from 30 to 150 GSM, while fabrics above 350 GSM are considered heavy. Cotton t-shirts for example range from light shirts with 150 GSM to heavy shirts with 250 GSM.
Light training jackets made of 100% polyester generally have a weight between 70 to 150 GSM. Training jackets made of 100% nylon, are lighter with a weight of down to only 45 GSM or less. Warming, wind and waterproof protective training jackets generally have a higher weight. Kappa’s cross-training jacket, for example, is at 205 GSM with 88% polyester and 12% elastane. See: http://www.kappa.com.hk/e/ptxwebstore_product/Cross-Training-Jacket-20.html
CASE STUDY OF A HIGH-END WARMING TRAINING JACKET, AND ITS CONSTRUCTION:
Nike’s Pro HyperWarm Half-Zip Women's Long Sleeve Training Top
Nike writes: “The advanced performance warming fitness jacket, is perfect for training in cooler temperatures. It delivers warmth, breathability and sweat-wicking performance. Nike Pro HyperWarm technology combines sweat-wicking thermal fabric with targeted ventilation to help you stay dry and warm in colder conditions without overheating. Mesh underarm gussets allow full range of motion while adding breathability where you need it most. A half-zip mock neck makes it easy to cool down or warm up. A zipper guard feels smooth against your neck and chin. The seamless design feels smooth against the skin. Slightly dropped back hem enhances coverage. “
Nike used the following machine washable fabrics:
• Body: 87% polyester/13% spandex.
• Sleeves: 88% polyester/12% spandex
• Mesh: 81% polyester/19% spandex.
CASE STUDY OF A HIGH-END LIGHTWEIGHT RUNNING JACKET, AND ITS CONSTRUCTION:
Nike’s Shield Women's Running Jacket
Nike writes: “ The lightweight protective Nike Shield Women's Running Jacket is made to keep you dry and comfortable. Nike Shield fabric on the front, sleeves, and hood has a DWR (durable, water-repellent) coating, while a lightweight nylon back protects from water and wind. Dri-FIT Technology helps keep you dry and comfortable. Critically sealed seams help keep moisture out. Adjustable back hem and removable hood. Side zip pockets with interior media-cord port. Reflective elements stand out in low light.”
Nike used the following machine washable fabric:
ARRANGING A PRODUCTION:
G.F.F. is a network of the world's best fitness equipment factories. This high-end network lowers fabrication prices by pooling production batches.
The G.F.F. global network of leading fitness equipment factories offers both, the highest quality as well as the cheapest production price for fitness equipment productions. Our factories manufacture for the world's largest fitness companies as well as many young and innovative brands.
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