Wednesday, January 28, 2009
CW-X: OUTER WEAR AND BASIC LAYERS FOR FALL 2009
WACOAL SPORTS SCIENCE CORPORATION's CUTTING EDGE COLLECTION OF COMPRESSION GARMENTS TAKES PERFORMANCE WEAR TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL
OUTDOOR RETAILER MARKET 2009, SALT LAKE CITY PALACE
Words and Bra Image, Judith Ecochard, rest from online site.
It was the futuristic black/white bra with a striking design amped up with a 5 part inner cup Targeted Support Web™ system –in a 4 way Cool Max™ stretch fabric---- that beckoned us into the booth of CW-X.
Based on technological research from Japan (which does not surprise us), this collection of super cool compression garments-a booming market-is backed by meaningful scientific studies, so we were told, and uses the latest in gee whiz fabrics that render our entire running wardrobe hopelessly outdated.
WHAT IT IS:
Taking a nod from the rehabilitative medical world where compression wrappings of limbs, a shoulder, etc is known to speed recovery from injury (ever have a lower back pain or sprained ankle?) by supporting muscles and joints, and also improving circulation…CW-X goes several steps further-with different garments for different needs….including those geared towards improving athletic performances.
All gender appropriate too-not the shrink it and pink it variety of women’s separates.
PLUS, compression garments now have a fashionable sleek and chic side thanks to advanced knitting machines, different fibers, thread counts, stitch densities etc. These make the garments tight in all the right spots …as measured by “millimeters of mercury” or mmHG.
Yeah our heads started spinning too.
We defer to the company website for the specifics of the different lines.
WHAT CW-X’s ALWAYS HAS
We were frankly blown away by the type of fabrics and constructive know how that goes into the line which TARGETs SUPPORT via the Conditioning Web™ targeted support system, XCCELERATEs RECOVERY -minimizing lactic acid build-up and muscle soreness, has 50+UV PROTECTION, boasts anti-bacterial properties via silver and titanium fiber technology, and moisture wicking properties via souped up textiles like Dri-Zone® Moisture Sensor Fabric and FIELDSENSOR™ polyester mesh.
We particularly were jazzed with the extensive use of Auto-Sensor® a nanotechnology fabric that aids moisture wicking and evaporation of sweat by dispersing wetness across the exterior fabric face while the right next to the skin temperature of the garment is constant.
Meaning warm in cool conditions and cool in warmer temps!!!!
New for Fall 2009 are insulating pieces-for cooler climes- to CW-X’s already fab lineup. And we liberally crib from the pr release to get it right.
First off is the men’s and women’s new Insulator Zip Vest, with flat seam construction, four-way stretch for comfort, and a locking-zip collar with a wind flap ($75).
The new 3/4-length tights- the Insulator Stabilyx Tights- have an articulated back to block snow, and a windproof, water repellent DiAPLEX front panel, as well as patented Conditioning Web targeted support for accelerated muscle recovery ($98).
The tights and vest can be worn as a high performance support base layer or as an outer layer depending upon temperatures and conditions.
Also new and in nifty colors are men’s/women’s tops including the long-sleeved Insulator Crew Neck ($82), and two new women-specific tops.
We like to demo the Insulator Cold Weather Bra that offers the same features and patented Targeted Support technology as the CW-X Sport Support bra, but is now made with the aforementioned Auto-Sensor fabric to keep out the winter chill ($45). There’s also a camisole length Ventilator Support Top that features a built-in Soft Support bra with moisture-wicking Coolmax fabric and a Healtha+ mesh back panel for breathability and comfort ($58).
Colors get refreshed too for Fall ’09 ---including the black/periwinkle women’s PerformX Tights ( $65) and black/rose pink VersatX Capri ($70), all-black Stabilyx Tights ( $98) and black Pro Tights with blue Conditioning Web ($97). The long-sleeved VersatX Web Top will be offered in white and light grey for men and women ($90), and the long-sleeved LiteFit Zip-T will be available in bluestone (men’s) and aqua (women’s) ($60).