Physical fitness is more than a trend, it is a lifestyle and the more active we are, the more we need fabrics that enable us to move freely and target the different zones in our body with unique performance features. Body mapping technology may be the solution.
Body mapping fabric is beneficial because it is comfortable, flexible, enables seamless transitions between patterns and it has the ability to highlight different features, based on the application.
Body mapping is a technique used to construct a fabric in alignment with how a body responds to activity. Performance goals are identified, and the fabric is engineered by zone, giving each area the unique structure needed to achieve its goals. The final output is a seamless textile, eliminating the need to stitch together different fabrics to achieve multiple objectives.
Depending on the mill and the machines used, some fabrics can be constructed thicker in some places and thinner in others. There may be ventilation in key areas that are prone to retaining heat — such as the lower back, under the arms and behind the knees.
Key to the construction of body mapping clothing is that there are no seams. The solid part of the fabric and the differently sized holes are from one run of the machine — not stitched together. Even ventilation does not require the addition of a seam. This reduces fabric waste while maximizing comfort with a fit that moves with your body.
How is body mapping technology currently being used? One of the most common applications is athletic wear for running, yoga, bicycling, training and more. Many manufacturers also use body mapping textiles for sports bras and leggings.
In the coming years, it is likely that body mapping fabric will be used increasingly for everyday clothing as well as athletic gear. “Athleisure” is a dominant trend in clothing today, as more and more people incorporate the comfort and functionality of sports clothing into their daily wardrobe.
In the meantime, body mapping clothing is ideal for both professional and amateur sports as well as any professions who require a considerable amount of physical activity. Military and police training are a few examples of professional applications for this technology.
Body mapping fabric has medical applications as well. Nurses, doctors, and other medical professionals typically work long shifts and are on their feet for several hours at a time. Body mapping fabric is designed for comfort, even after hours of continuous wear.
Body mapping textiles are changing the game when it comes to performance and comfort. Here are some of the advantages of using body mapping technology rather than traditional fabrics:
Apex Mills is leading the way when it comes to sustainable fabric and body mapping textiles. Our materials are made in the United States with application-driven design to meet the specifications of each customer we partner with.
We are specialists in creating textiles to match your specific vision and desired functionality. Contact us to discuss body mapping fabric options or fill out our online questionnaire form so that a textile specialist can help you determine which materials might fit your needs.
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