KNOW YOUR TECH breaks down the scientific technology used in your favorite sneakers and activewear. Let’s demystify your next purchase: today’s technology is adidas Climalite. Commonly used on the brand's golf, running, training, and hockey apparel, adidas Climalite is designed to keep athletes cool and dry during warm weather sessions. By pulling sweat away from the body to the outer surface, adidas Climalite prevents sweat and heat buildup. While there are many similar fabrics on the market, it's the unique engineering of adidas Climalite that sets it apart from the pack.
What is it? adidas Climalite is a fabric designed for activities in warm conditions. Its most common form is an innovative design that features cotton on the outer fabric and a cool-to-the-touch synthetic material underneath. While many moisture wicking products are mostly polyester, Climalite's cotton and synthetic combo makes for a softer feel.There are also adidas Climalite variations that feature a hydrophilic coating to further enhance the outer surface's sweat-pulling properties.
How does it work? As sweat builds, the synthetic fibers inside of adidas Climalite garments go to work, pushing the sweat away from the body to the outer cotton layer where it's quickly evaporated. A hydrophilic finish directs moisture away from the athlete's body, while the lightweight polyester-based construction will keep you cool and help avoid overheating.
Bottom line: Although it's not revolutionary, adidas Climalite is one of the brand's tried and tested apparel technologies, and it's one of the smartest choices you can make this summer.
Riley Jones is a freelance writer from Charlottesville, VA and a contributor to Sneaker Report. With an unshakable affinity for basketball and all things pop culture, he can be found on Twitter @rchrstphr.