Top Features of Performance Fitness Gear
8 Features of High-End Performance Gear
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If you're not sweating, you're not working hard enough. Unfortunately that sweat can lead to some funky odors. Antimicrobial treatments limit the growth of bacteria-the gross reason why you smell. "This technology helps fight the germs that come from sweat," says Amy Olson, director of women's merchandising at Oakley, whose O Form fabric has antimicrobial fibers woven in. "It not only fights odor, but also helps keep the garment a little bit cleaner while you're working out." To battle bacteria, Under Armour harnesses a unique anti-odor technology, which uses non-toxic chitosan, an element found in the exoskeleton of crustaceans. Many brands also incorporate silver threads, which are naturally antimicrobial, into their training apparel. Merino wool products, like those from Icebreaker and SmartWool, naturally prevent bacteria from forming on garment fibers and prevent dirt from penetrating into the fabric to preserve longevity and cut down on repeated washings. There are plenty of options available so it shouldn't be difficult to find a germ fighting fabric that keeps you fresh while you sweat.
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