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For most people taking a trip to the coast, a super-sized beach towel and a simple pair of board shorts are all that’s needed to relax on the shore and take a paddle in the often-icy British ocean. But for those that take their aquatic activities a little more seriously, clothing and equipment has to provide divers and surfers with the comfort and warmth they need in order to take to the water whatever the weather, all year-round.
The wetsuit as we now know it was first born in 1952 from the mind of physicist Hugh Bradner, whose job at the University of California required him to partake in several underwater dives. Having experienced first-hand the difficulty that humans had at staying warm in water for extended periods of time, Bradner soon set about looking for a solution, one which he found in the form of Neoprane.
Following experiments with the rubbery material in the basement of his family home, Bradner soon determined that Neoprane was able to trap water between the body and the material, with the liquid then being warmed by the wearer’s body heat and kept at a comfortable temperature. What was more, as the wearer swam, fresh, cold water was largely prevented from permeating the material, with the suit already being ‘full’ of the warmed liquid.
It was these two discoveries that revolutionised the way in which anyone with an interest in water-sports or diving takes to the waves today, and since the 1950s the technology has been improved and enhanced to keep swimmers warmer for longer. Today’s wetsuits are equipped with an even greater ability to lock water out, with fabric flaps and even rubber glue guns being used to seal off seams and zip-locks that would otherwise let water seep in.
What’s more, some of today’s designs blend the core Neoprane build with a variety of additional fabrics, such as Spandex and even Merino Wool, which help to enhance a suit’s ability to hold onto heat and mould closer to your body. A selection of different shapes and styles are also now widely available, with some ‘shorty’ wetsuits opting to leave lower arms and legs exposed and other designs coming with detachable limb and head sleeves to offer additional protection as required.
With wetsuits now available in such an expansive variety of different shapes, sizes and material widths, there’s a model that’s ideal for practically any temperature. So if you’ve ever wanted to take the plunge but feared a less than warm welcome, a close-fitting wetsuit might be the key to getting into you into a new and exciting hobby this summer, and staying warm in the process!
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From runners and athletes to busy workers under pressure; the problem of sweaty feet has plagued many over the years. It’s an oft forgotten fact that sweating is actually one of the ways in which our bodies cool down, and with 500,000 sweat glands housed in each pair, the average human foot produces around half a pint of sweat a day. But whilst perspiration in itself may be little more than an uncomfortable irritation, excess sweating can lead to a whole host of ailments including athletes foot and a variety of fungal infections, conditions which can sometimes require medical attention.
But what causes sweat? Although simple over-heating is the most obvious answer, there are many factors which can influence how much we perspire. Physical stress placed upon the body during exercise certainly makes an impact, but emotional stress can also bring about a similar reaction, with teenagers and pregnant women thought to be particularly susceptible on account of their often-unpredictable hormone fluctuations. Beyond this, Some people are thought to simply inherit the condition, with other experts pointing to diet and toxin levels as additional sources of the problem.
So what can be done? Whilst many have attempted to combat the problem, few have done as much as French company Glagla. Marketed as ‘The Lightweight Ventilated Shoe’, the Glagla footwear range does exactly what it claims to, offering feet a fresh supply of air through a combination of traditional mesh panels and innovative design mechanisms.
The bulk of the Glagla collection achieves this superior air circulation through a series of vent slots, carefully moulded into the sole of each shoe. With two on the heel, three across the ball and one in the centre, the slots are designed to draw in air as you move, pushing it throughout the interior of the shoe and out again as you step down. Through this patented system, Glagla shoes claim that they can keep your feet on average 6 degrees cooler than a standard shoe would, and discharge twice as much moisture from inside the shoe in the process.
With a product range that covers clogs, trainers and sports shoes for men, women and children, Glagla are the perfect choice for people looking to beat sweat whether it’s at work, at home or at the gym. What’s more, Glagla shoes are safe and easy to wash in your home washing machine, making them the perfect choice for people who want to keep both their shoes and their feet as clean and fresh as possible.
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When it comes to working out, most of us can admit that we need all the help we can get. With our modern-day lifestyles growing ever more hectic, it can be hard to make time to hit the gym or slide into our running gear for a jog around the block, particularly when the outcome leaves you tired, sore and soggy with sweat. But are you wearing the right thing? Many of us jump at the chance to try the latest superstar diets and flock to whatever workout class is suddenly in fashion, but when it comes to effective exercise, your wardrobe choices play a bigger part than you might think.
Perhaps one of the most off-putting aspects of exercise is the sweat factor. Whether or not you buy into the old adage of ‘If you’re not sweating, you’re not doing it right’, perspiration is a natural part of the workout process, and even though it may be tough to prevent it, innovations such as Adidas’ Climacool technology can help to minimise its lasting impact.
Made from a combination of warmth and moisture management materials, the Adidas Climacool sportswear range is designed to move heat and sweat away from the body through ventilation channels built into its three-dimensional fabric. These channels allow air to reach the skin, instead of locking it beneath a wall of dense material that acts as a perspiration prison, thus allowing moisture to evaporate and escape instead of lingering on your body.
But how did they come up with it? The first step was to use sophisticated infrared cameras to generate thermal body maps of athletes in action. These were analysed and used to identify the key spots where sweat formed during a particular exercise. From there, the Adidas team were able to design ways of ensuring that fresh air reached the problem areas.
For those that want an even more comprehensive cooling experience, Adidas just last month launched an enhanced range called Climachill. The new collection features strategically-placed aluminium cooling spheres sewn into the fabric, providing an instant cooling sensation and drawing heat further from the body.
Perhaps most importantly, Adidas have been quick to acknowledge that our bodies react differently to different sports. To this end, the Adidas Climacool range covers everything from golf and running gear to rugby and football kits, ensuring that whatever you take on, you’re guaranteed protection that is designed with you in mind.
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Thermal underwear is a protective type of clothing that insulates your body by helping you preserve body heat. Thermal underwear is not just worn by outdoor and winter sports enthusiasts; it can also be used by those who simply want to keep extra warm during the winter, making them wardrobe must-haves. There are certain factors to consider when buying thermal underwear for winter:
• Check the thickness and weight of the underwear. Buy the right thermal underwear according to the activity or conditions that you’re going to use them for. Thicker underwear is recommended if you’re not going to be moving a lot, such as when you’re indoors or just going out for errands.
• Check the material and look for “wicking,” which means moisture spreads out and dries quickly, preventing you from getting cold. Look for materials that make the underwear easier to wash and dry, such as a combination of nylon, wool, and spandex.
• Check for odour-control properties. Avoid polypropylene, which tends to retain sweat and moisture, causing a bad smell.
• Thermal underwear must fit snugly and comfortably. Choose underwear with stretching seams so you won’t feel like it’s restricting your movement.
• Go for thermal underwear with ankle seams and neat cuffs so that they don’t ride up when worn, and a soft, neat, and comfortable neckline that can prevent moisture and stop drafts.
• Consider buying thermal underwear with long torsos to protect areas of your body where your bladder and kidney are located.
Some types of thermal underwear might be a bit pricey, but it’s better to invest on high-quality thermal underwear that is resilient and can be worn several times. Good thermal wear saves you money in the long run and ensures that you stay warm all throughout winter.
As with our Hats and Gloves, our range of Winter Scarves has also been reduced by up to an extra 50% in anticipation of the cold weather. Plus next week newsletter subscribers will receive a further 15% off our entire range of Scarves and Hat, Gloves and Scarf sets. Below we look at a few of the products available in this offer.
From the premium FLOSO brand we have a great selection including the Mens Fleece Thermal Winter Neck Snood and the Mens Plain Thermal Polar Fleece Winter Scarf. Both are made with a warm fleece fabric which will keep you warm in even the coldest of conditions. Ideal for winter sports and everyday wearing, the snood can also be adjusted depending on the temperature and the preference of the wearer.
Next, from Sweater Shop, we have this fantastic Unisex Dogtooth Scarf. At an incredible 50% off, this British made scarf is made of a rich cotton and wool blend. Never compromising on quality, this long scarf would make a great accessory or Christmas present this winter.
As well as Scarves, our Hat, Gloves and Scarf sets are also reduced. One such set is the Ladies Spots Fleece Thermal Winter Scarf, Gloves & Hat Set. The stylish leopard design with give you a striking look, whilst the thermal fleece fabric from which they are made will keep you warm.
Reductions can also be found on our Children’s Scarves and Sets, this includes the Girl’s Hooded Winter Scarf. This soft knit scarf will keep both their face and neck warm and comes in five different colours. Buy for under £5 this week.
We also have a great selection of Children’s Hat, Gloves & Scarf Sets from many of their favourite characters including this Boys Angry Birds Hat, Gloves & Scarf Set. Made from high quality warm fabrics, these sets are in designs they’ll love at prices you’ll love.
To view our full range of scarves, click here.
At Universal Textiles we are proud to offer customers products from many top brands, including Regatta. Britain’s best loved outdoor clothing and footwear brand, Regatta’s reputation has been built on providing stylish and practical outdoor wear. With over 80 years of industry experience, their range of high quality weatherproof garments are both reliable and durable. They also pride themselves on using ethically sourced materials and providing customers with great value for money.
So whether it be a pair of trousers, gloves or a jacket you need, Regatta have all your outdoor needs covered. Below is just a selection of Regatta products available on our website.
Regatta produce a wide range of high quality fleeces, including this Ladies Thor III Fleece Jacket. Made from a premium yarn, they are lightweight yet warm, as reflected in their GSM (grams per square meter). This particular fleece comes in five colours and has fleece cuffs and an adjustable shockcord hem to maintain heat.
The signature quality expected from the company is also reflected in their hats and gloves. Many of their hats, including the Thermal Winter Fleece Hat, are made with Thinsulate technology. This increased density of fibres enables heat to be maintained, whilst moisture can escape.
Regatta products are ideally suited to outdoor sports such as skiing. This is reflected in these Kids Waterproof Ski Mittens. Both waterproof and made with a thermal lining, these mittens will keep children’s hands dry and warm for hours. The grips on the mittens make ski poles easier to grasp, with an adjustable velcro strap enabling the mittens to achieve the perfect fit.
Whether for work or recreational use, Regatta’s waterproof trousers are renowned for their exceptional quality. The Packaway Waterproof Trousers are one such pair. Both wind and waterproof, the trousers are made with taped seams and press studs at the hem. They also have an elasticated waist and are breathable as well as waterproof, making them comfortable to wear both as an individual garment and atop another pair of trousers.
The garment Regatta is perhaps most noted for, however, is the jacket. Just one of many great jackets available from them, the Benson II 3 in 1 Waterproof Breathable Jacket, features many of the trademark features expected from a Regatta jacket. Made with waterproof and breathable Isotex coated taslan fabric, Isotex is Regatta’s own family of waterproof and breathable fabrics that offers a waterproof performance of up to 20,000mm.
With anti-pill fleece lining for warmth, a concealed hood and a studded stormflap, the jacket is suited to all conditions. It is also windproof, has taped seams and several pockets to store maps, mobile phones and much more.
To view our full range of Regatta products, click here.
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It’s shaping up to be another great summer of sport and now we have the weather to match! So whether you’re inspired to pick up your racquet or jump on your bike, we have the perfect products for you!
Firstly we’d like to introduce a brand new range from Tombo. As a company they pride themselves on providing ‘affordable, high quality multi-sport apparel’ such as this Tombo Teamsport Mens Performance Wicking T-Shirt. It comes in a variety of colours and is made from Aridus Dri moisture wicking fabric, which is designed to keep the wearer dry and cool. These are ideal for summer sporting activities, and with 31% off across our mens and womens Tombo Teamsport range, now is the time to buy.
Other top quality sporting garments we offer include this Fruit Of The Loom Mens Vest, made from 97% Heather Grey Cotton and 3% Polyester. Whilst for women we have a Kariban Sport T-Shirt made with quick drying lightweight fabric. Both would be great for a day at the park or more serious sporting activities!
Next, if you’re a keen cyclist or the Tour de France has made you want to give it a go, we offer these Spiro Padded Cycling Shorts. Available for men and women, they are made with soft athletic Cool-Dry performance fabric, designed to keep the skin cool and comfortable.
Lastly, we know with all this activity you’ll need an excellent pair of trainers! The Mirak Womens Trainers are a vented shoe, helping you stay cool in the summer. We also have the ever popular Dunlop Green Flash Trainers, a classic design which has been around for over 50 years.
So whatever your sporting ambitions this summer, make sure you come to Universal Textiles!
The temperature is rising and we hope that we may finally be able to say “Summer is here!” You may need to re-stock on your summer clothes, so why not browse our range of shorts we have available this summer. To help you choose, we have a compared a few…
Firstly we have a pair of hot pants from Brave Soul. They have two pockets on the front and two on the back. Made with 97% Cotton and 3% Elastene, and available in two colours; pink and green. They are perfect for festivals in the sun.
Secondly we have a pair of Craghoppers Nosilife Insect Repellent Shorts, with a dry bag in the cargo pocket, a permanent insect repellent which will not diminish with washing and elasticated waist at the sides, perfect for holiday excursions.
Next, we have another pair of Brave Soul summer shorts, these also have two front and back pockets and are made with 97% Cotton and 3% Elastene, available in Lilac, Mint and Orange, these are perfect for wearing in the garden for BBQs.
These Lotto Racquet Tennis Skorts are perfect for sport. With a fully elasticated waistband and contrast piping to give that little bit of detail. This garment is a mix of shorts and a skirt (hence the name Skort), with the protection of shorts and the style of a skirt, they are made with 100% Polyester with fast drying properties.
Lastly we have another Skort, this time from Rhino. This stretch fabric allows movement and comfort, making it ideal for netball, hockey, lacrosse and many other sports.
So whether you want shorts for sport or for summer wearing, browse our full range here and you are sure to find something that suits you.