The Adidas Climachill Freelift Tee comes with superior during-exercise cooling technology. The Adidas Climachill shorts. DRENCHED IN SWEAT
Anyone who perspires heavily knows the discomfort intense exercises could bring. While your friends have sweat dripping down their foreheads, you struggle with drenched tee and wet socks.
You need a cap to absorb sweat before they stream down into your eyes and you could literally wring out sweat from your running tee after a long run.
I sweat heavily and that makes choosing a running top, a difficult process. Medium quality polyester — especially the kind event runners tee are made of — doesn’t cut it for me, who needs superior wicking and cooling ability from my running top.
I can’t control my sweating. So the trick is to find the best cooling and sweat management technology sportswear brands have to offer.
NEW KID ON THE BLOCK
When I received the new Adidas Climachill Freelift Tee and Climachill shorts, I had hoped that it would deliver. The brand may have global presence, but its sports fabric technology isn’t the best in the market. Yet.
Clearly, the brand has taken comments about its sports attire seriously, seeing how the new Climachill works.
For one, it has been updated with Delta Yarns on the inside of the fabric to create better airflow next to skin. This provides better drying time and reduced wet cling for the tee.
HOW IT FARES
The tee, L size for me, is a perfect fit. Its fit is regular — not slim fit — which suits my body shape. There’s a patch under the arm to provide comfortable arm movement and that extra patch provides even better fit for those who prefer a roomy top.
The first impression I had is that it is soft and light. I took it out for a 10km run one morning and the most noticeable feature is the cool feel throughout the run. With other running tees, I will feel so hot that I feel like taking them off say, after 4km.
Since I sweat a lot, a tee that doesn’t cling to my body all the time is a welcome running gear. It clings, yes, but once I pull the fabric away from my body, I can feel air flowing between the fabric and my body, keeping my body cool.
The new training tee has the same performance level for breathability and thermal comfort as its predecessor, according to Adidas.
“It keeps the athlete cool and dry, so his body can acclimatise better to the heat, and perform with higher intensity even through the hottest weather,” it says.
After the run, the tee dried up fairly quickly, and by the time I finished breakfast, about half an hour after the run, the tee completely dried up. And that is saying a lot because very few running tees dry up that quickly.
The new Climachill range also features aluminium spheres that provide instant cooling sensation and titanium-infused flat yarns that conduct heat away from the body more efficiently.
The new fabric also contains Polygien, which has anti-odour properties, another plus point for those who spend hours under the sun and who don’t throw their tees into the washer right after exercise.
The shorts is the t-shirt’s perfect match. Cooling with anti-odour properties, its titanium flat-yarn transfer heat away. To top that off, it contains breathable fibres on the outer layer release to heat out.
The shorts feel very light and comfortable to wear, even over a pair of compression tights. True to its description, it dries very fast and is suitable for someone who sweats a lot, like me.