Moisture management 4.0
“ThermoSyphon” is a further development of the 3D BIONIC Sphere System that has enjoyed great success over the last years. The system redefines the promise to “Cool you off when you are sweating and warm you up when you are freezing”. Following X-BIONIC’s principle to “turn sweat into energy”, “ThermoSyphon” improves the performance of athletes, using the power of thermodynamics and gravity. The technology consists of a highly complex system of tunnels and channels that is integrated into the textile. These fulfil a unique double function. During active phases, they guarantee even more efficient moisture management. Sweat is dosed cleverly and lead to the correct locations to cool down the body efficiently. When resting, the textile innovation insulates the body reliably.
In the ThermoSyphon channels, sweat moisture changes from liquid to vaporous. Heavier sweat trickles downwards, where it creates a cooling film on the skin, and is collected in channels again to be fed continuously onto the evaporation surfaces. On the other hand, the pressure of the vapour pushes excess moist air upwards. Additionally, the innovative, Y-shaped structure of the ThermoSyphon channels support this process.
Smart sweat magnet
The positive effects of the highly complex X-BIONIC technologies are brought out most effectively if they are worn directly on the skin. This allows for the useful processing of sweat, and the cooling, evaporating effect is actually used by the athletes, instead of leading it away from the body unused.
Now, X-BIONIC granted a first look at the “Tentacle Technology” at the ISPO Munich 2018. An entirely new development in three-dimensional textile technology that offers a combination of a looser-fit cut with the performance of a tight functional shirt. This allows those people who prefer a wide cut to benefit from the comfort and performance of a tight-fitting shirt as well. At the same time, X-BIONIC taps into a completely new, broader customer base with “Tentacle Technology”.
The technology builds on the combination of hydrophilic and hydrophobic yarns, which are integrated at those parts where people sweat the most, taking into consideration the various climate zones of the body. As an athlete moves, they are activated and caress the skin, similar to tentacles, absorbing some of the sweat. The film of moisture that remains on the skin allows for the X-BIONIC to cool itself. The tentacles transport excess sweat outwards efficiently through the mixture of hydrophilic and hydrophobic yarns. Here, the sweat evaporates, resulting in a pleasant cooling effect. The tentacles additionally separate the supporting knitted fabric and skin by a set distance, which prevents the unpleasant, clammy feeling sweaty textile.
“PolarFur”, the third innovative technology X-BIONIC presented to the audience at the ISPO Munich for the first time, resembles a fur. The developers allow it to “grow” to various thicknesses on the inside of the clothing, allowing for a customisation of the insulation performance. In contrast to traditional “brushed” clothing, the PolarFur zones can be separated precisely from wafer-thin, knitted HeatRelease zones. This way, excess body heat can be led away without running the risk of cooling. PolarFur is particularly well-suited for low temperatures, up to mild cold conditions.
With these three innovative technologies, X-BIONIC once again assorts its role as a technology leader, with a very impressive showing of how bionic, natural elements can be integrated into highly functional clothing.