An Evolving, Innovative Market
Developments in uniform design are accelerating with each passing decade. Companies such as adidas, Puma, Joma, Admiral, High Five, Umbro, Teamwork and Under Armour, are continually introducing new high tech materials and innovations. Their goal is to develop the optimum soccer uniform that is light, comfortable, helps regulate body temperature, and resists odors and mildew.
Soccer Jerseys and Shorts
It’s plain and simple; the correct selection of soccer jerseys, soccer shorts and soccer socks enhances a team’s ability to perform better. Puma and adidas have led the way in the development of moisture management. Moisture management fabrics grab sweat and move it away from the skin to help regulate body temperature. Jerseys, shorts and socks made with moisture management fabrics keep the player comfortable and dry.
In the old days, everyone wore cotton. But, when cotton gets wet, it stays wet. So, on hot days, you'd feel the heat and your skin would chafe. On cold days, the water stayed near your skin and turned to a chill when the wind blew. New micro fibers like Adidas ClimaCool, Puma BattleSkin or other moisture management systems, are designed to grab water molecules and actually move them away from your skin. The moisture is transported to the surface of the fabric where it evaporates. Most moisture management fabrics also resist odors and mildew and won't shrink. The soccer uniforms are soft and flexible. Many of the seams have been hidden, making the clothes even more comfortable and reduces chafing.
Cotton Blends: These are a little better than all cotton. The percentage of nylon, acrylic or rayon in a soccer uniform will help keep the uniform dryer; but, the cotton fibers tend to hold water.
Nylon: An exceptionally strong, elastic fabric that is low in moisture absorbency and is easily pre-colored or dyed. It's easy to care for.
Polyester: A lighter more breathable, durable fabric. It is low in moisture absorbency and easy to care for.
CoolMax: Made and patented by DuPont, CoolMax is a four-channel spun polyester fiber engineered to move moisture and quickly evaporate perspiration. It's light and dries quickly.
ClimaLite, ClimaCool and Dri-Fit Technologies
ClimaCool "moisture-wicking fabrics, conductive fibers consisting of silver-coated yarns and three-dimensionally structured fabrics, to key heat and sweat zones. The moisture-wicking fabrics keep the athlete cool and dry, transporting sweat away from the skin" and ClimaLite "cotton yarns on the face and synthetic fibers inside that wick moisture from the skin to the fabrics surface for easy evaporation", technologies that regulate your body's microclimate. The front liner has CoolMax built in to wick sweat away from your skin, keeping you dry and comfortable. Jerseys like adidas Tiro 13 Jersey and the adidas Campeon 13 Jersey.
The history of adidas is one of consistently meeting the evolving needs of the athlete. By focusing on function, adidas strives to provide athletes with clothes that can make a tangible difference in their performance, with their new umbralla of technology called Clima365, including all the Clima system technologies, providing a head-to-toe approach to temperature optimization. In turn, this allows athletes to stay dry, comfortable and performing at their optimal body temperature of 37ºC in any given temperature or weather condition, allowing them to conduct their sport 365 days a year. ClimaCool was introduced by adidas to provide soccer jerseys and soccer shorts with moisture management and ventilation. It is a highly breathable fabric that ventilates and wicks moisture quickly away from skin.
What about Socks?
The right soccer socks will make the most of the design features in your shoes. For example, a bulky, ill-fitting sock could counter the stability you're getting from a motion control soccer shoe. Good socks will also keep your feet dry, warm and free of blisters.
Feet sweat. On tough all-day hikes or while running a marathon, your feet can produce up to two cups of sweat, as much as a big glass of water. The same moisture management rule applies to socks. Cotton soaks up water. So cotton socks will get wet and stay wet. Wet feet get blisters! A hi-tech synthetic material will wick moisture away from your skin.
Here again, Puma and adidas have led the way in soccer sock technologies. adidas’s Formotion Elite sock, Formotion Extreme sock, and Copa Zone sock are renowned for their reinforced heels, mesh construction, half-cushion foot and ribbed arch support.