And on a cold winter day, and in the summer heat, we want to feel comfortable. For this it is very important to choose the right clothes for walking and traveling. To give a pleasant feeling of warmth and dryness in any weather, we can have thermal underwear, which appeared not so long ago in the markets, but managed to win the love and respect of many sportsmen and ordinary people who love active leisure.
People who want to buy a set of thermal underwear, many questions arise: how much does it heat? How to wash? Will not it get wet? How to choose the size? And rumors, myths and misconceptions about this kind of linen give rise to a considerable amount of fear in the soul of a potential buyer. We will try to debunk some myths and dispel doubts, while answering some questions about the functions of thermal underwear.
Thermal underwear warms.
This is not quite true. The main task of thermal underwear (clothing made of synthetic fibers (sometimes with the addition of natural fibers) is to remove moisture from the body and protect it from water from outside. It is due to the minimum absorption, thermal underwear provides comfort for a fairly long period of time, for example, when playing sports.
Thermal underwear is manufactured only from synthetic materials.
Not necessary. For the manufacture of thermal underwear, polyester (lavsan), polypropylene, wool, cotton or a combination thereof is used. It does not matter from what fabric the thermal underwear is made – its properties remain unchanged. Indeed, all types of thermal underwear can remove moisture from the body, but in varying degrees. It should be remembered that, for example, underwear made of synthetic materials (especially from modified polypropylene) is the most functional and durable. Linen with the addition of cotton or wool is more pleasant for the body, but its absorbency is somewhat greater.
Thermal underwear – clothing exclusively for athletes.
Thermal underwear can be designed for both outdoor sports and everyday wear. It should be borne in mind that underwear for extreme and water sports, designed for a long time to ensure the removal of moisture from the body and protect the person from water coming from outside – is made only of synthetic materials. Thermal underwear for skiers and snowboarders contains additions of wool and cotton. The moisture-retention properties it retains for three to eight hours. And, finally, thermal underwear for everyday wear is made of wool and cotton to ensure maximum comfort and comfort.
The warmest thermal underwear is made of the thickest fabric.
This is not quite true. After all, there may be a rather thick fabric, the threads of which are intertwined loosely. Therefore, choosing a warm thermal underwear, it is best to pay attention to the specific weight of the fabric. The warmest is not only thick, but also the heaviest.
The wet thermal underwear dries for a long time.
This is not true. Even if at the moment of peak load your clothes are slightly soaked, after a few minutes it will dry up itself. Therefore, for example, in a hike, the thermal underwear does not need drying, since it has a minimum (and made of polypropylene – almost zero) absorbency and simply does not retain moisture.
Thermal underwear – exclusively winter clothes.
Wrong opinion. After all, the main property of thermal underwear – drainage of moisture from the body – becomes especially relevant in the summer heat. You should only choose clothes made from thin fabrics, best of all synthetic or with minimal addition of cotton.
A tight-fitting thermal underwear will “squeeze”, so it’s best to buy a thing one or two sizes larger.
Due to the fact that elastic fibers are included in the fabric, the squeezing effect is practically eliminated. Do not get too loose thermal underwear, because in this case it will not be able to perform its functions.
There is not a single seam on the seamless thermal underwear.
Indeed, there are no side seams and seams on the sleeves of such thermal underwear.But the seams at the place of attachment of the sleeve to the main part of the product are still available.
Care of the thermal underwear is extremely simple.
Yes, but some rules still have to be respected. For example, polypropylene linen can not be boiled (this material, heated to a temperature of +60 degrees Celsius, is deprived of its properties), ironed, dried on a battery, over a fire or in a drying machine. Do not also treat such laundry with solvents and dry clean. It is best to wash the thermal underwear in warm water (not above +40 degrees Celsius) manually or in a washing machine by selecting a “gentle” mode, and add antistatic to the rinse aid and thoroughly rinse the product. It is not necessary to press the thermal underwear – you just need to let it drain.
During the washing process, the antibacterial coating of the thermal underwear can be destroyed.
In fact, everything depends on processing technology, which provides an antibacterial effect. For example, if X-Static threads (nylon threads covered with a layer of metallic silver) are woven into the fabric of linen, then in the course of many washing the bactericidal effect not only does not vanish, but also increases (since new active silver ions appear). In addition, since the thermal conductivity of silver is quite high, such tissue perfectly removes excess heat from the body.
The more expensive – the better.
The price of sets of thermal underwear with the same characteristics in firms of different degrees of “untwisted” can differ almost twofold. In addition, the price depends on the policy of the firm.