It seems like all of a sudden every fashion brand is coming out with a line of cute workout clothes. When stores are putting out running tights for a fraction of the price of the high performance compression gear brands, you might stop and question why pay more for the same thing. Guess what…it’s not the same thing! Here is some insider info so you can get the facts straight.
High Performance Compression Gear
Function, comfort, and style are the core focuses behind the design of high performance gear. These clothes make your workouts more efficient and improve your recovery. Learn more about how compression works on Active.com.
- Fabric: Compression clothing uses highly researched technical knits and compression fabrics that have multifaceted purposes, including zoned compression to increase blood flow, targeted ventilation to keep you cool, moisture-wicking fabric to keep you dry, anti-odor material to keep you fresh and anti-chafe cloth and stitching to keep you comfortable. For instance, SportPort™ Active Garment Technology is based on years of research developing premium gear that includes ultra-soft, lightweight technical knit and 2-ply thin mesh fabrics with flat-lock stitching in order to successfully perform all the functions above and more. The technical fabric of garments like the Compression Cargo Capris will never stretch, sag, or deteriorate and will always bounce back to the original shape, which means you are buying a product that will last you indefinitely.
- Fit: Fit can vary, but high performance means functional compression, which works best with a second-skin, form-fitting, no-slip, no-bunch design. Your clothes stay in place and don’t require adjusting throughout. Loose clothing can be distracting to a workout and lead to irritating chafing, which is something athletes don’t need slowing them down.
- Style: Function is the highest priority in performance gear, but fashion is also a major focus, the Tech V Top combines both. The Hibiscus Collection is designed to combine functionality with style in beautiful hand-painted aristry.
- Features: On top of all the functionality, you will also get added bonuses which will differ depending on the needs of your sport. Cycling shirts might offer easy access pockets in the back or your tights may have a zippered pocket for storage. The core design that started SportPort™ was based on this features aspect. When Kim Highfield, CEO of SportPort™, wanted safe EMF-protected cell phone storage for working out, she found this option didn’t exist in performance gear, so she created it.
Professional and everyday athletes alike need high performance compression gear, like the Long Sleeve Zip to get the most out of their workout!