Our lab and design studio is jam-packed with samples hung on racks and strewn on desks in a fashion bordering to chaos. But underneath the semi-confused surface lies a bustling creativity and a profound knowledge about the ergonomics of sports. We know that the key for designing the optimal bike jersey, for instance, is to understand the relation between the shoulders and the hips. For the equivalent cross-country skiing suit, the secret to grasp how the arms, shoulders, hips and legs interact when pushing the skier forward. This knowledge expresses itself in performance clothing with, among other things, pre-shaped knees and sleeves, shaped collars and elastic compression fabrics - details that together form a sport-specific fit.
The Craft lab is host to a tightly-knit team of specialists with complementary expertise. Here, product managers, designers, technical designers and purchasers huddle up around a common objective: providing of sports performance clothing. The process of shaping a new collection calls for close teamwork where everyone contributes with his or her specific skills. Evaluations of earlier collections as well as input from professional athletes are important components of this work, which may very well lead to a new way of zipping a jacket, stitching a seam, shaping a shoulder or perhaps even to the birth of a whole new garment revolutionizing the market.
Fabrics that provide efficient moisture transport as well as optional elasticity and body control are crucial elements in ergonomic performance clothing. Craft's advanced product development includes an uncompromising, intense research aimed at finding the very best fabrics for our garments. The latest collection features several highly advances functional fabrics, including our own ingredient brand VentAir.
Lately there has been a great increase in the development of compressive fabrics, and Craft is of course at the forefront of this evolution. Research on compression fabrics is still in its early stages but studies indicate that compression garments may promote greater psychological comfort during recovery and heavy exercise. Compression garments keep the athlete's body tight and explosive, which can assist in boosting confidence and focus. Our most advanced compression fabric combines polyester, polyamide and Lycra and its 4-way stretch and modular strength provide the right level of compression in the right areas without restraining the muscles. We use compressive fabrics in several garments of our Elite racing collections.