New clothes to keep workers cool and rested

King Gee have recently released a line of next-generation undergarments that looks like it can change the game of workwear design forever.

The G2 compression workwear series is heralded with a range of seemingly magical powers, and we’re really not kidding about this.

The G2 project team leader Nicholas Gronier talked to Australian Mining about how the new clothing was developed, and how it can help workers to make it through the day with less effort than before.

“The idea came from a mine site in Coolgardie: On site we do interviews with workers to find out about how people use our garments, what we realised there was that some guys were actually using compression garments while they worked,” he said.

“When we asked why, they told us it was mainly to prevent nipple rash, but the garments were not antistatic, which is a requirement in mines.”

Gronier and his team went away and brainstormed the best ways to make a compression garment designed specifically for work, and they came up with the G2 series, which has a range of features that give it a much greater edge over ordinary sportswear.

First, the new garments are antistatic, to conform to the Australian standards for mining workwear, and the stitching is specially designed to target specific muscles while working to give full range of support through all physical tasks.

“We also wanted to make sure that the garment would be antimicrobial,” Gronier said.

“Normal sports clothes aren’t antimicrobial, people do their exercise for a few hours, maybe a few days a weeks, but miners work for more than eight hours a day, so we have incorporated silver in the clothing for the antimicrobial properties.

All of this is pretty revolutionary, but the biggest kicker of all is that these clothes can actually regulate your body temperature.

Australian Mining tested one of the shirts to see just how well this worked, and there is a noticeable effect when you put the shirt on, that your skin has cooled, suddenly and considerably so.

Wearing the shirt for an hour during an ordinarily sweaty Sydney commute certainly seemed much cooler and less sweaty than wearing an ordinary shirt.

The fabric of the G2 garments is impregnated with thermoactive nanotechnology, which means there are microscopic capsules of paraffin which are solid until warmed by body temperature. Through movement the capsules release the heat away from the body, keeping workers cool throughout the day: It’s pretty racy stuff, especially for blokes who work 12 hour shifts during a Pilbara summer.

The most convincing thing about these shirts, however, is that they’ve been rigorously tested by the University of Sydney in an independent study, and the numbers are impressive.

Study participants performed a range of work tasks, including a four hour circuit, both with and without the G2 clothes.

Participants who wore the G2 clothes experienced decreased heart rates after performing tasks, 10.5 per cent lower than those without the compression garments, demonstrating that the G2group of workers were less fatigued while performing tasks.

Surveying revealed that upper body muscle soreness during the 24 hours after performing tasks was reduced by 50 per cent, and lower body soreness was reduced by 23.8 per cent.

Overall fatigue ratings in G2 groups were 37 per cent lower than participants in ordinary workwear.

The short sleeve shirt retails for about $80, so it's certainly not a cheap way to buy undershirts, but if the benefits shown in the study stand up to to a 10 hour shift underground, it might just be worth an outlay that you can revisit at tax time.


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