Fitness Plus Magazine
OUT®s Crisscross sports bra ranks as the most lightweight
of all the support sports tops. Desert walkers and hikers
will absolutely love its cool-and-dry-staying power. "Its
so light, its amazing." Built with CoolMax®
(70%) and LYCRA® (30%), the Crisscross is strikingly
simple. An X-patterned front combines shrink and odor resistant
mesh cup panels and a two-inch rib band, giving medium
breasted women excellent support for cycling, walking, gym
workouts and hiking. But our 34 A tester, who wore it for
running said, "Small breasted runners will love the
excellent no rub under a T-shirt support"
Fitness Plus Magazine
Recently, a new "power"
fabric was introduced to the marketLycra® Power
garments developed by DuPont. We decided to check them out
because we hadn't seen anything written about them in the
mainstream press or even heard about them among readers
or our own athletic friends. What Fitness Plus discovered
is that this is truly a revolutionary fabric that will have
as much effect on sports training as say good socks. Sure,
you can live without a good pair of wicking socks. But good
socks protect and cushion your feet, making it possible
to run farther more comfortably. They're definitely a worthwhile
Shorts made from this fabric also enhance the athlete's
accuracy and efficiency of movement, helping them go farther
and faster on the same amount of energy.
Specs. In order for DuPont to certify these garments, they
have to follow certain standards. The raw fabric must meet
a specific Lycra® content, stretch, recovery and elongation
construction. Lontex Corporation with the SWEAT IT OUT® product line is currently the only manufacturer certified
for the Lycra® Power program. Their garments are
70 percent CoolMax®
and 30 percent Lycra®.
Field Test. At first glance, these power shorts are very thin
and see-through. That's because they're meant to be an undergarment
and, as such, fit snugly. They certainly make no bones about
revealing undesirable contours. As a runner, I wore the
Lycra® Power shorts under a regular pair of running
shorts. Because they're ordered to custom fit waist, weight
and height, the shorts stretched to fit comfortably. I questioned
why they were so long, concerned about our desert heat,
and was told by a spokesman for Lontex that the certification
of Lycra® Power requires they fit one inch above
the knee cap, for maximum muscle control.
Amazingly, the fabric was cool and non-irritating even in
the heat of the day. I must admit, the support around my
upper leg felt good running on tough trails and also seemed
to reduce muscle fatigue on a much longer road run. For
those of us who are accustomed to wearing as little as possible
when we run in the heat, this does take some initial adjustment.
Other testers also noted the surprisingly cool effects of
the shorts, as well as their usefulness in racing situations.
One tester looked forward to winter, commenting that they
should be particularly useful worn under Lycra®/cotton
combo tights. This same tester drew stares in a local park
when she made the mistake of wearing them without over shorts.
A male skater was spotted wearing a pair without over-shorts
and turned dozens of heads on a local skating trail. The
tester who witnessed that spectacle smiled to herself knowing
exactly what brand he was wearingLontex no doubt.
The Bottom Line. Athletes who participate in foot-striking-ground
sports will benefit the most from these garments. Older
people who need the additional support because of varicose
veins will find comfort in them, as will athletes recovering
from certain injuries, or during rehabilitation. Whether
you run, walk, circuit train, play tennis, or do exercise
aerobics, you will find these garments move with you and
will increase your efficiency of movement. Hopefully, cyclists
will soon see this new fabric applied to their sport-specific
shorts as well.