Have you ever found yourself standing in the middle of a retail store with a name brand performance shirt in one hand, and a generic brand in the other? At first glance, it can be challenging to determine the difference between different moisture management brands and materials. By default, consumers often associate a higher price with better quality or durability, but that's not always true for the sport's apparel industry. Let's take a minute to look at three moisture management tee shirts-- with different price points-- that you can confidently consider for your team or sports club.
Team dealers nationwide have many things in common, but there is an underlying commonality among us that is oftentimes forgotten: our unrelenting passion for teams and sports apparel. From new product releases to learning more about compression fitting garments, those of us who work in the industry are constantly trying to learn and keep up with an ever growing market.
Summer camps are quickly approaching, and team gear packages are one of many items on your end of school year agenda. As your students prepare for pool parties and summer vacation, you struggle with grading report cards, finishing lesson plans, and signing your team members up for summer sports camp. Many coaches wear the hats of teacher, coach, and mentor, which means that preparing for summer camp may be the last thing you're ready to tackle this spring.
Conditions can vary wildly during the football season, even during the course of a single game. Practice starts with two-a-days late in the summer, which, especially in the hotter regions of the United States, can be grueling under sweltering heat. Flash forward to the big Thanksgiving game and it could be snowing. During a game, conditions can be clear at kickoff and rainy and muddy by the end of the fourth quarter. Football rarely stops for bad weather conditions. Because of this, and because of the huge swing in temperature from the beginning to the end of the season, football is among the most challenging sports for which to choose uniforms and training apparel.
No matter what the sport, uniforms take a beating on and off the field. For school athletic programs looking to get the most out of their investment in uniforms and apparel, thinking about game day rigors from the perspective of a uniform or other piece of apparel is useful when it comes time to make purchasing decisions.
Moisture management (how well clothing can transfer moisture from a person's skin to the outside air) is not always considered when coaches and athletic directors make team gear purchasing decisions, but this factor is important. In fact, those who understand how high-tech fabrics control moisture could help their teams gain a competitive edge over rivals. We discussed in previous articles how heat or cold can alter a team’s performance. Managing moisture is a key strategy for counteracting the performance-limiting effect of extreme weather conditions.