The Trails End Store (www.thetrailsendstore.com) has a few products with wicking material in them. Today we uploaded a few Men's Workshirts that are actually of good quality with Dickies brand with unique embroidered patches on them. These have wicking and stain resistant material. Dickies has wonderful products more than just work shirts their website is https://www.dickies.ca
Its hard to shop for clothing these days and not run into the phrase "moisture wicking." So if you find it puzzling but important what does it really mean.
The author of the blog had done some research on this topic and have come up with some answers.
How does wicking material work?
Wicking fabric pulls moisture out by a process called capillary action. Tiny conduits much like the body has capillaries, draws the sweat away from the skin onto the fabric and then evaporates on the surface of the material rather than on the skin itself. If you envision a gallon of sweat which is the maximum amount the body can produce an hour. As the moisture reaches outside layers of the fabric, it spreads quickly and evaporates more rapidly.The result of the wicking the moisture away from the body makes it more comfortable because then your body temperature is regulated more efficiently and the fabric has a dry and non-sticky feel to it.
Fabrics with wicking properties are usually made from blends of poly fibers that draw moisture away from the body and onto the fabric. It then dries more quickly than on the body alone. One material that does not wick well is Cotton. Brands refine this process by carefully engineering the structure of the yarns within their fabrics, and by applying a variety of treatments to surfaces within that structure.
Which fabrics are moisture wicking?
- Most moisture-wicking fabrics are synthetics: When moisture gets absorbed into a fabric’s yarns, it’s trapped there instead of moving through the fabric. That’s a recipe for poor moisture-wicking performance. Synthetic fabrics are “hydrophobic,” which means they resist the penetration of water. That’s why you see a lot of synthetic fabrics, like polyester or nylon, excel at moisture wicking.
- Wool is also considered moisture-wicking: Wool is a slightly different animal. It actually absorbs a small amount of liquid into the core of its fibers, but it also wicks moisture out through small openings within the fabric. The result is that the surface of wool yarns remains dry to the touch.
- Cotton is the “anti-moisture-wicking” fabric: The classic example of a nonwicking fabric is cotton, which gets completely saturated with sweat and then takes forever to dry. Initially, it makes you feel hot and sticky; ultimately, it leaves you feeling cold and clammy. You can find cotton fabrics that have been specially treated to make them moisture wicking, but their performance lags behind synthetics and wool.
Why choose a fabric with moisture wicking properties?
When you are at the gym, dancing or biking for example and you have the tendency of having a good sweat doing this the sweat evaporates and produces a cooling effect. And when your body temperature cools down where it is a comfortable level, your body stops sweating. So this makes it a super efficient process, and one that an effective moisture wicking fabric will complement. Any clothing that is a base layer like long underwear that touches your skin closely and it has that material on them you will want that type of clothing.
We have other products such as t-shirts that have the same moisture wicking material in them.
When was the wicking material invented?
The wicking fabric was developed in the early 1990's and appeared as synthetic or polyester fibres with an moisture-absorbing finish. But because these chemically treated fabrics can lose their ability to wick moisture away from the body the early manufacturing of items made from wicking fabrics was difficult. It wasn’t until the early 2000s, with the genius combination of both hydrophobic (water-repellent) and hydrophilic (water-attracting) fibers, that wicking fabrics entered the apparel world as viable design options. Today, from the many choices of types of wear, some of the trendiest styles are made with this fabric.
Why is it important to keep the body cool and sweat free?
Whether you are exercising, in a gym or hot and sweaty garage you are at risk for your body to overheat. Your body has a natural cooling system but it is also a good idea to keep a safe temperature. Sweating can help your body to cool down. With the wicking material it will assist with its cooling process, as mentioned previously. When you exercise in the heat your cooling system has to work harder Your body sends more blood to your skin and away from your muscles. This increases your heart rate. You sweat a lot, losing fluids in your body. If it is humid, sweat stays on your skin, which makes it hard for your body to cool itself.
Warm-weather exercise puts you at risk for heat emergencies, such as:
- Heat cramps. Muscle cramps, usually in the legs or stomach (caused by loss of salt from sweating). This may be the first sign of overheating.
- Heat exhaustion. Heavy sweating, cold and clammy skin, nausea and vomiting.
- Heatstroke. When the body temperature rises above 104°F (40°C). Heatstroke is a life-threatening condition.
Children, older adults, and obese people have a higher risk for these illnesses. People taking certain medicines and people with heart disease also have a higher risk. However, even a top athlete in superb condition can get heat illness.
Other than having moisture wicking fabrics to keep you cool and to avoid heat related illness, there are other tips that one can use.
- Drink plenty of fluids. Drink before, during, and after your workout. Drink even if you do not feel thirsty.
- DO NOT drink alcohol, caffeine, or drinks with a lot of sugar, such as soda.
- Water is your best choice for less-intense workouts. If you will be exercising for a couple of hours, you may want to choose a sports drink.
- Make sure the water or sports drinks are cool, but not too cold.
- Limit your training on very hot days. Try training in early morning or later at night.
- Choose the right clothing for your activity. Lighter colors and wicking fabrics are good choices.
- Protect yourself from direct sun with sunglasses and a hat. DO NOT forget sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher).
- If you are outdoors, rest often in shady areas or try to stay on the shady side of a walking or hiking trail.
- DO NOT take salt tablets. They can increase your risk for dehydration.
The Mayo Clinic has some advice on heat and exercise, and can be seen on https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/exercise/art-20048167. What they advise is "Stay safe during hot-weather exercise by drinking enough fluids, wearing proper clothing and timing your workout to avoid extreme heat." Whether you're running, playing a pickup game of basketball or going for a power walk, take care when the temperature rises. If you exercise outdoors in hot weather, use these common sense precautions to prevent heat-related illnesses. They include the following:
Pay attention to warning signs
During hot-weather exercise, watch for signs and symptoms of heat-related illness. If you ignore these symptoms, your condition can worsen, resulting in a medical emergency. Signs and symptoms may include:
- Muscle cramps
- Nausea or vomiting
- Excessive sweating
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Low blood pressure
- Increased heart rate
- Visual problems
If you develop any of these symptoms, you must lower your body temperature and get hydrated right away. Stop exercising immediately and get out of the heat. If possible, have someone stay with you who can help monitor your condition.
In cases of heat exhaustion, remove extra clothing or sports equipment. Make sure you are around people who can help you and assist in your care. If possible, fan your body or wet down your body with cool water.
You may place cool, wet towels or ice packs on your neck, forehead and under your arms, spray yourself with water from a hose or shower, or sit in a tub filled with cold water. Drink fluids such as water or a sports drink. If you don't feel better within about 20 minutes, seek emergency medical care.
When to see a doctor
If you have signs of heatstroke, you'll need immediate medical help. If your core temperature is less than 104 F (40 C), but it doesn't come down quickly, you'll also need urgent medical attention. In some cases, you may need fluids through intravenous (IV) tubes if you're not able to drink fluids, or not able to drink enough fluids.
Get cleared by your doctor before you return to exercise if you've had heatstroke. Your doctor will likely recommend that you wait to return to exercise or sports until you're not experiencing symptoms. If you've had a heatstroke, you may require many weeks before you are able to exercise at a high level. Once your doctor clears you for exercise, you may begin to exercise for short periods of time and gradually exercise for longer periods as you adjust to the heat.
How to avoid heat-related illnesses
When you exercise in hot weather, keep these precautions in mind:
- Watch the temperature. Pay attention to weather forecasts and heat alerts. Know what the temperature is expected to be for the duration of your planned outdoor activity. In running events, there are "flag" warnings that correspond to the degree of heat and humidity. For example, a yellow flag requires careful monitoring, and races are canceled in black flag conditions.
- Get acclimated. If you're used to exercising indoors or in cooler weather, take it easy at first when you exercise in the heat. It can take at least one to two weeks to adapt to the heat. As your body adapts to the heat over time, gradually increase the length and intensity of your workouts.
- Know your fitness level. If you're unfit or new to exercise, be extra cautious when working out in the heat. Your body may have a lower tolerance to the heat. Reduce your exercise intensity and take frequent breaks.
Drink plenty of fluids. Dehydration is a key factor in heat illness. Help your body sweat and cool down by staying well-hydrated with water. Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink fluids.
If you plan to exercise intensely, consider a sports drink instead of water. Sports drinks can replace the sodium, chloride and potassium you lose through sweating. Avoid alcoholic drinks because they can actually promote fluid loss.
- Dress appropriately. Lightweight, loosefitting clothing helps sweat evaporate and keeps you cooler. Avoid dark colors, which can absorb heat. If possible, wear a light-colored, wide-brimmed hat.
- Avoid midday sun. Exercise in the morning or evening, when it's likely to be cooler outdoors. If possible, exercise in shady areas, or do a water workout in a pool.
- Wear sunscreen. A sunburn decreases your body's ability to cool itself and increases the risk of skin cancer.
- Have a backup plan. If you're concerned about the heat or humidity, stay indoors. Work out at the gym, walk laps inside the mall or climb stairs inside an air-conditioned building.
- Understand your medical risks. Certain medical conditions or medications can increase your risk of a heat-related illness. If you plan to exercise in the heat, talk to your doctor about precautions.
And so you can find products in our store that has moisture-wicking material, such as Women's T-Shirts at https://www.thetrailsendstore.com/collections/ladies-t-shirts-tees, Men's Work Shirts https://www.thetrailsendstore.com/collections/mens-work-shirts. Other products with that feature will be added to our store in the near future. We have good quality products in our store and we ship our products from the United States.
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