December 7 2017
Our squad of testers put the latest running and fitness gear to the sweat test to determine the winners of our 2017 Tech Awards.
Under Armour has introduced a line of Active Recovery Sleepwear and athletes like Misty Copeland and Tom Brady are climbing into bed with them (so to speak).
Weaving something called “bioceramics technology” into a pattern lining their brand new sleep garments, Under Armor says they have designed them to maximize comfort and fit. The pattern includes special bioceramic particles that absorb infrared wavelengths emitted by the body and reflect back “Far Infrared,” helping the body recover faster while promoting better sleep. There’s even a study to prove it but, with an average price tag of $79.99 per piece, are they worth it?
According to the Under Armour website, Far Infrared is “a type of energy on the infrared spectrum that has several benefits for the human body,” so they created the garments with the goal of harnessing that energy even when your body is at rest. The soft bioceramic print on the inside of the garment is said to absorb the body’s natural heat which reflects Far Infrared back to the skin. According to a press release for the new line, “This [reflection of Far Infrared back into the skin] helps your body recover faster, promotes better sleep, reduces inflammation, and regulates cell metabolism.”
Misty Copeland is the star of a video on the company’s website where she talks about the importance of sleep and recovery for elite athletes in a 30-second clip. Copeland starts the video by saying “The recovery process is number one,” and adds “you have to be 100 percent on your game all the time,” apparently even while you sleep.
The Active Recovery Sleepwear line has basic, solid colors and offers only four choices for women—a long sleeve Henley shirt, a short sleeve shirt, shorts with a drawstring and long pants called “joggers.” I don’t think they polled the running community before naming those!
The website also includes a list of golden rules to getting enough and proper sleep to aid recovery, including creating a bedtime routine, being consistent with the routine and even having good air quality.
It was only a matter of time before technology crept onto our bodies while we sleep, after all, we already have fitness trackers that spill out data tracking sleep duration and quality so now we have the clothing to go along with it. And, since Tom Brady won the Super Bowl in epic fashion this year, maybe they are worth a try?
If you have tested these pajamas out, let us know! Tweet us @WomensRunning with the tag #activesleepwear.