The Future is Now: 10 High-Tech Fabrics Changing Activewear in 2024

Published Thursday, December 14, 2023     By Activewear Trends Staff

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Tencel: The Natural Performer

Tencel is a sustainable fabric derived from wood pulp, usually from eucalyptus, spruce, or beech trees. It’s known for being incredibly soft, breathable, and moisture-wicking. Plus, it’s biodegradable.

Brands like Outdoor Voices and Patagonia are using Tencel in their activewear lines. The fabric’s natural moisture-wicking and antimicrobial properties make it ideal for workout gear, offering a softer and more sustainable alternative to synthetic fabrics.


Smartwool: The Intelligent Fiber

Smartwool is a high-performance fabric made from Merino wool. It offers natural temperature regulation, moisture management, and odor resistance. It’s perfect for both hot and cold climates, adapting to your body’s needs.

The unique structure of Merino wool fibers allows for excellent moisture management. Sweat is wicked away from the skin and released into the air, keeping you dry and comfortable. Brands like Icebreaker and Smartwool specialize in Merino-based activewear suitable for all kinds of outdoor activities.


Outlast: The Temperature Regulator

Outlast is a phase change material that absorbs, stores, and releases heat. It was originally developed for NASA and has been adapted for use in activewear. The fabric regulates your body temperature, absorbing heat when you’re hot and releasing it when you’re cold.

Several outdoor and sportswear brands are incorporating Outlast technology into their products. It’s particularly popular in cycling and running gear, where body temperature can fluctuate significantly over the course of a workout.


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