Comfort is everything!
Comfort is a very vague word. By definition it means comfort is the absence of discomfort. A functional garment can help you to stay comfortable even in changing outdoor environments by providing the right level of comfort and protection, thereby preventing you from overheating or cooling down.
The thin layer of air that surrounds your body, known as your microclimate, is essentially what keeps you comfortable. The ideal microclimate is around 90°F/32°C and humidity of less than 30% - this is the temperature that we, as humans, are most comfortable at. But what's good for your hands isn't always good for your shoulders. Or your legs, for that matter. In cold weather, our arms and legs can be up to 45°F/7ºC colder than the rest of our body - without any perceived discomfort.
- Moisture Management
You can't control the conditions you're in but you can control the microclimate around our body. The clothing you choose controls heat transfer, moisture, and protects us from the weather. This is how our clothing keeps us comfortable.
- Heat balance
To be comfortable the amount of heat your body produces must balance with the amount of heat it loses. Get too hot and you’ll sweat. Get too cold and you’ll start to shiver to ward off hypothermia. The best way to stay comfortable is by wearing clothing that offers total windproofness and maximum breathability. The wind won’t reach your skin to cool you down and perspiration will easily escape instead of sticking to your skin, leaving you all wet. For more intense activities and heat, wearing garments fitted with ventilation zips will allow you to easily release extra body heat as needed.
- Weather protection
Your clothing must protect you from the elements. If it can't do that, then it can't keep you comfortable. Wind, cold, snow, rain… outdoor gear must create a protective barrier between you and whatever forces of nature have been unleashed upon you. The best defense is a clothing system made up of functional layers that work together to ensure an optimal combination of windproofness, breathability and water protection so that you stay dry and warm.
If you want to be able to bare the most extreme weather conditions and intensive activities, you need to wear the right equipment.
When running 15 kilometers under the hot sun, or carving up the slopes in biting winds, you have to select the right clothing systems.