The Adapt Collection: What is Sweat-Wicking?

The Adapt Collection: What is Sweat-Wicking?

Kristin Kennedy-Brown - May 13, 2024

Don’t let sweat get in the way of your workout - shop the Adapt collection, engineered for sweat. 

Expertly crafted with AerTek sweat-wicking technology to ensure dryness on the move. The Adapt collection features a mesh fabrication for enhanced breathability and a lightweight feel, so you can move through your workout with ease.   

Why choose sweat-wicking? 

Whether you’re kicking back on a rest day or headed for your morning workout, sweat is your body's natural response mechanism to heat, humidity, stress, hard work, and many other factors. Sweat is a natural cooling response to heat - helping to reduce your body's temperature during exercise or hot weather. 

Sweating is only able to cool you down if the sweat can effectively evaporate - wearing non-breathable clothing on hot days can result in discomfort and heat exhaustion. Engineered from materials that pull moisture away from the body, sweat-wicking fabrics help reduce your chance of overheating, helping you to stay cool and dry during intense exercise. 

Sweat-wicking properties within lifestyle and performance wear garments have two jobs, the first is to quickly move (wick) sweat away from the fabric’s surface, and the other is to allow the garment to dry rapidly ensuring optimal all-day-long comfort. Ultimately, sweat-wicking properties allow sweat and moisture to move rapidly from your skin to the surface of the fabric. 

But how do moisture-wicking fabrics work?

Moisture-wicking properties rely on a ‘capillary action’ - this happens when moisture hits the surface of the fabric. Wicking ensures liquid is able to flow through narrow spaces, including the tiny holes in clothing fabrications - this technique helps to keep the wearer cool, dry and, comfortable. 

Which fabrics are considered to be moisture-wicking?

Castore’s moisture-wicking products are synthetic - for targeted sweat-wicking. Synthetic fabrics are hydrophobic, meaning they resist the penetration of water. 

Cotton, which is a commonly used fabrication for t-shirts, is actually an anti-moisture-wicking fabric. In hot climates or sweaty workouts, cotton makes you feel hot and sweaty, and takes a long time to dry. 

The benefits of moisture-wicking clothing?

Increased comfort - sweat-wicking finishes are used in fabrics to keep you dry and comfortable, on hot days and during intense workouts - so you can focus on what really matters… Your workout. 

Enhance performance - at Castore, striving for optimum performance is an essential part of our brand lifestyle. Moisture-wicking fabrics help to ensure enhanced performance so you can move freely. 

Reduced chafing and skin irritation - non-breathable sweat-soaked clothing rubs against your skin causing skin irritation. 

Better odour control - quicker evaporation means that your clothing is less likely to develop odours like traditional cotton clothing would. 

How to take care of moisture-wicking clothing

Following the care instructions of your products ensures that you keep them performing well and maximise their value. Typically it is best to wash your moisture-wicking clothing in cold water and machine wash them on a cold wash. 

Avoid fabric softeners  - fabric conditioners can clog the fabric’s pores, lessening the fabrics moisture-wicking capabilities. 

Avoid high heat exposure such as ironing, as this can also damage the item's moisture-wicking capabilities - air drying your garments is better.


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