Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Hot-weather clothing priorities: Breathability

This is just as important as light weight, if not more so!
You need air circulating over your body to stay cool. Fabric that doesn't breathe well will trap both heat and perspiration between you and your clothing. Finer threads, looser weaves, and more porous materials all help add to a textile's breathability. Cotton, linen and wool are all great summer fabrics. Wool is the most functional as it creases least and it is the easiest to maintain. Artificial fibers are typically the least breathable and consequently will create a barrier between you and the atmosphere locking in heat and perspiration. 

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