News Article: adidas Baselayer Technology

News Article

07 October 2009adidas Baselayer TechnologyAuthor: Neil Brown

adidas TECHFIT Technologies

The adidas Innovation Team (ait) has introduced many ground-breaking concepts, and TechFit featuring Powerweb takes performance apparel to a new level. By studying athletes’ muscles and how they move, ait has developed a breakthrough that can be applied to almost any sport.

TECHFIT™ Seamless

adidas TECHFIT™ Seamless garments combine the benefit of compression fabrics that stabilise muscles, and seamless-knit construction to ensure maximum comfort so you can concentrate on what you do best.

TECHFIT™ Seamless garments are available in 3 levels of compression to suit your needs, and feature CLIMACOOL® and CLIMALITE® technology to keep you cool and dry where it matters.


Compression is a widely used technology for improving athletic performance; in simplest terms, it involves wrapping muscles in tight-fitting fabric. The base material used in adidas TechFit with Powerweb is Lycra Power®, which offers industry-leading compression benefits. In addition, the ait group uses a combination of silhouettes and mesh inserts that allows for maximum range of motion, breathability and comfort.

Compression has a number of proven benefits including:

• Enhanced proprioception and body awareness, which means better form and technique.

• Reduced muscle vibration, which lessens the wasted energy that comes from muscles that wobble or shake during sport.

• Improved muscle recovery, and less wear and tear during workouts.


adidas TECHFIT™ PowerWeb is at the cutting edge of athletic design. Through the use of compression fabrics and applied TPU bands in specific areas, TECHFIT™ Garments give you the ultimate edge whether exploding out of the blocks, chasing down a shot, or manoeuvring through the defence.

TECHFIT™ PowerWeb is designed to focus your muscle’s energy to generate maximum explosive power, acceleration and endurance, so you don’t just perform, you outperform.

Powerweb is a series of TPU (Thermoplastic Urethane) bands which are pressed onto the base layer of TechFit apparel. There is no other technology like it. The bands are anchored at key points, such as around the waist or above the knees and are focused on key muscle groups (such up upper legs or shoulders). Working in unison with muscles, they function like springs.

When an athlete moves, one set of muscles contracts while an opposite set extends; the bands mimic this, stretching on the extension side to store elastic energy. When the process is reversed and the extended muscles contract, the bands snap back to their shorter length, providing an athlete with more power.


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