Rowers pretty much need a second skin to compete at the Olympic level. Their suits must be strong, comfortable, and lightweight. And, in Rio's questionable water, protect the wearer from dangerous bacteria.
Textile experts from Philadelphia University unveiled new seamless unisuits for Olympic rowers that are made with a special anti-microbial finish on the material, reports Gizmag.
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The unisuit was developed by performance apparel expert Mark Sunderland and textile engineer Robert J. Reichlin as part of a rowing apparel collection for the Olympics that also includes sports bras and tights. Each suit is constructed seamlessly in partnership with the apparel company Boathouse Sports from lightweight, tightly-woven material, according to Philadelphia University.
Boathouse, the U.S. rowing team's official apparel provider, can knit a custom unisuit in minutes on a circular electronic machine, Philly.com reported. Philadelphia-born rower Chierika Ukogu, who will represent Nigeria in the Olympics, will be wearing one. The seat in the suit has a second layer, making it more comfortable to go without annoying underwear that could inhibit movement. The water-repellant suit has strategically-place stretch panels and that vital anti-microbial finish.
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