Technostretch Product Testing

Dr Ron Hill led our testing team, which also included world record breaking marathon runner Tim Rogers and our own Nick Edwards, a keen triathlete and fabric designer at Cloverbrook.  Read their reports below to find out how they rated this fabric innovation.

 

By Dr Ron Hill MBE

I have an extensive training schedule and run at least once a day.  This, combined with my strong experience and product knowledge in technical fabrics, put me in a unique position to thoroughly test Technostretch.

I wanted to find out whether Technostretch heavyweight was considerably ahead of anything else in the marketplace.  I put a pair of Technostretch heavyweight tights through their paces in rain, wind, storm conditions and freezing temperatures for some 72.5 hours of wear and 102 miles/163 kilometres of running and race conditions.  This enabled me to properly assess their effectiveness...and I was greatly impressed.

The fabric provided a consistent four-way stretch combined with exceptional comfort and warmth, due to the inner surface pile, in all weather conditions.  This included running in freezing temperatures, strong winds and very heavy rain.  Technostretch was not in the least restrictive and I ran three races in the heavyweight tights without any problems whatsoever.

The surface touch was pleasant and comfortable on the skin.  I was particularly surprised when there was no pilling even between the legs after extensive testing.  The product also kept my legs dry and warm in heavy rain, with no apparent shrinkage.  There is nothing else on the market which can offer the same levels of comfort, warmth and performance as Technostretch - the product is a genuine technical leader.

 

 

 

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By Tim Rogers

As a world record holder, I maintain a rigorous training programme and test out a number of running-related products.  When I became the fastest man to run a marathon on all seven continents of the globe - including Antarctica - I had to reach a very high standard of fitness and I have kept that level to this day by a variety of cross-training techniques.

I was aware that there were other products on the market and wanted to check whether Technostretch really did break new ground.  Over the winter months, from October through to March, I tested both the lightweight and heavyweight Technostretch running leggings - an essential item when running in temperate climates, such as in the UK.  Whilst running leggings, or 'tights' as they are commonly known, are not the most flattering item of clothing, they are vital in keeping your muscles warm in often difficult conditions.

 I wore the heavyweight version for more than 500 miles/800 kilometres from October through to the year end and found them to be a real innovation and change from the traditional products available on the market today.  They were much more pleasant to wear than the usual tight-fitting garments.  Even more importantly, they kept me warm in the coldest conditions - down to minus 10C during some runs.

Equally as remarkably, they didn't cause me to heat up when the temperature did rise up to 12C.  Never did I feel my legs were sweating and not once did I feel too cold.

They were washed 19 times during this period, always at 40 degrees.  Only in the last couple of washes has some minor pilling started to occur on the inner thigh, although it is only very slight.

The lightweight Technostretch does feel more like a traditional 'trackster' type product, being a little more tight fitting and, as the name suggests, a much lighter material.  Again I wore these in the heart of winter, from January through to March.  While it did offer similar properties to its heavyweight counterpart, it was definitely suited to slightly warmer temperatures.

I completed my than 300 miles/480 kilometres wearing lightweight Technostretch, but did feel the cold when the temperature dipped significantly below zero - on such days I simply returned to the heavyweight fabric to quickly eradicate the problem.  The lightweight leggings were washed nine times at the same temperature as for the heavyweight test and, to date, there has been no sign of wear whatsoever.

Both products were extremely comfortable and at no stage did they lose their shape.  It's not great having to wear running tights or leggings, but, when the weather forces you to, its re-assuring to know that there are great products, such as Technostretch, to help you through the cold and certainly Technostretch represents a new benchmark in the performance fabric market.

 

  

 

 

By Nick Edwards

As a fabric designer at Cloverbrook, I take a strong interest in the testing of products that we are developing.  From the outset, I have wanted to experience whether Technostretch did set a new standard.  Being a triathlete and keen fell runner, who trains twice a day, I felt I was ideally placed to really get to grips with testing the product when running, cycling and walking.

To increase the effectiveness of the test, I decide to evaluate Technostretch side-by-side with its main competitor in this product category. I wore both for more than 20 hours either running, cycling or walking.  The initial feel of both garments was very comfortable against the skin.  Being able to compared the two very directly, I felt Technostretch was the softer of the pair with the other fabric feeling slightly rigid.

After 20 hours of wear and five washes at 40 degrees, both garments showed no sign of pilling or abrasion to the exterior.

The manoeuvrability in both garments was excellent and they are ideal garments for winter training in any of the above three disciplines.  On direct and detailed comparison, Technostretch did allow more movement of the legs when training hard.  The stretch capabilities of the fabric allowed you to move around quite freely, but the difference between the two garments was only slight, but still noticeable.

You can usually feel the cold during winter training, but I didn't feel anything but warm when wearing either garment.  I felt well insulated and dry even in heavy rain.  The rain seemed to absorb into both garments, but with Technostretch it didn't cause it to feel heavy and wet.

Both garments are designed using Transpire constructions.  This works by using a system of density gradient, which should wick moisture through the loose fibres on the inside to the tight fibres on the outside, thus, keeping the skin dry.  When running, I could feel some slight damp on my legs with both garments, not during training, but just when I was about to start my warm down after a run.  However, this could well be caused by moisture overload when sweating as the legs tend to sweat less when cycling or walking, compared to running.

Overall, the two garments are very closely matched and, off the shelf, it would be difficult to tell them apart.  They are both excellent winter training garments with great stretch properties, although Technostretch does offer slightly greater flexibility.  It should certainly have quite an effect when Technostretch hits the market.

 

 

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