11 Dec 2021

Thermal clothing keeps the heat but does not expel it: why should we prefer the thermoregulating clothing

The Eleven Seventyseven formula: thermoregulating socks for daily comfort, inside and outside your


Our organism is a perfect machine able to maintain almost costantly, on average about 37 º C, its internal temperature regardless of the external climatic conditions. It’s called thermoregulation and it’s a mechanism that triggers itself as a necessary reaction to restore the comfort zone state whenever our body feels it’s altered.

If in summer, when temperatures exceed well over 22 º C, the human body activates the phenomenon of sweating (evaporation of water containing salts - sweat - from the skin through the sweat glands) while in winter, when they fall below 18 º C up to 0 and beyond, produces heat (cold thermoregulation) by spraying the internal organs at the expense of the extremities and skin, and consuming a certain amount of energy produced primarily through a series of unconditional reflexes of muscle contractions, the so-called chills, there’s got to be a reason.

Sweating or having chills are in fact the most evident biological processes of the functioning of thermoregulation in the body: in the first case, when it is rather hot, our body sweats (releases heat) to cool down and lower the temperature restoring the stable comfort; in the second, when the external climate is very rigid, the organism to not cool that is to maintain the body temperature in the desired physiological range, begins to produce heat.

It is therefore clear that the temperature of the body is a parameter that needs stability and the process of thermoregulation is its most faithful ally, at least until it fulfils its duty without jamming. Whether hot or cold, in certain situations, our perfect machine may need "extra" help to restore its comfort zone. Whether we are indoors or outdoors, when you practice physical exercise and even more when this involves an intense expenditure of energy can happen an increase above the body temperature norm, not manageable through thermoregulation alone. Still, in weather conditions of high humidity it is much more difficult for our body to release heat to the outside and then cool down can become an increasingly long and tiring process that destabilizes the body preventing it from concluding a optimal performance, whatever the activity you’re doing.

In these cases, when the only physiological intervention is not sufficient to ensure the balance between the production of heat and its vice versa dispersion, external factors must intervene to help the body to find it. It is important to prepare in advance and wear sports technical garments that act as a reserve if the thermoregulation alone does not meet the objective.

Now even the sports clothing sector is saturated with technical lines able to facilitate the escape of sweat when it is hot or, on the other hand, to keep it in the form of body heat inside when the temperature needs to return to its usual 37 º º C; however very often to deceive us in the choice is the lack of knowledge of the intrinsic properties of the garment for that sport practice or the superficiality that leads us to think that the fact is "technical" is suitable in any environmental and physiological situation. For example, it is now common practice to confuse, misinterpret or disregard the differences between functions and usability of a thermal garment and a thermoregulating. If the names sound similar, so are the properties and benefits that derive from them when doing sports.

The two technical properties in comparison: thermal clothing VS thermoregulating clothing


When practicing physical exercise it is very important to use appropriate clothing, which allows you to get the best performance from your physique. If therefore under effort the process of thermoregulation triggered by our body is not able to respond alone to the need to raise or decrease the internal temperature in order to restore the most comfortable, the technical materials that you have chosen to wear intervene thanks to their properties to help you, so as to manage the performance and keep it under control for as long as necessary to achieve the goal.

None of the technical fibers, however, intervenes in the same way: each acts differently on the physiological components in need and affected by the stress of the movement. Consequently, the effects generated on the human body will inevitably be different.

November is late and the ski season is just around the corner, in some areas even the white mantle of the valleys has already been inaugurated and the first groomed slopes at dusk. Many choose as a base layer (technical underwear) to wear under the ski suit a suit (T-shirt + leggings) thermal at the expense of one, obviously technical, but thermoregulating. It can also be a subjective choice (not all of us have equal needs - not all of us suffer the cold to the same extent) but in this article you will discover why it is objectively wrong to prefer a thermal garment to a thermoregulating only because the word "thermal" leads us to think that only he and no one else who does not bring as an ID on the label "I am thermal", can really protect us from the cold high altitude, basic condition of success of a good winter season.

It is true that thermal clothing is known to everyone for its ability to create a layer of insulation in cold, windy or wet situations, protecting and guarding the heat between the base layer and our body. On the contrary, a layer of heat-regulating sports fiber is able both to keep it in the mode described above and to expel it outside through the breathable properties. So if we want the thermoregulating clothing is thermal, so complete with every prerogative necessary to preserve the body temperature more suitable, but the same cannot be said in inverted parts. Expelling sweat is just as important as preserving it to avoid possible skin irritation or the onset of bacteria and the mere fact that skiing is practiced in harsh weather conditions does not prevent our body from sweating from fatigue during a descent, even if it’s cold.

That a technical yarn fulfills both functions is fundamental whatever the activity, wherever it is practiced and its hot/cold climate. Here are the main differences between a thermal fabric and a thermoregulating fabric:

thermal clothing vs thermoregulating clothing

Thermoregulating sock technology 1177: how the Dryarn fiber behaves


The daily routine is a succession of activities that, more or less punctual, recur every day of the week and mark the rhythms of our movement. We do not refer to the practice of sport alone, much of the activity and energy that we spend every day goes away with work, home, family and leisure; wearing clothing with thermoregulating properties can generate physical benefit in any situation, even when the effort is not as sustained as during training/race. An advanced process of production/ expulsion of heat/ sweat in fact favors a proper air exchange that prevents the onset of itching, skin irritation or even, in the case of more than one graph, mould and/or bacteria capable of placing the health of the organism in more serious danger.

The line of  Eleven Seventyseven socks, strong of the new habits and needs of city life, increasingly technological, smart and fast, combines the artistic component of texture, patterns and processing of the fabric to the most technological of the raw material: from long socks to short ones, from footies to tights, up to the range of sportswear socks, there is only one imperative, the fiber of DryarnDryarn was born and is confirmed the fiber for the sport of excellence because it is highly performing especially when, under effort and physical stress, athletes undergo abundant sweating and frequent changes in temperature. Let’s see in detail how Dryarn intervenes in the presence of these conditions and how, consequently, 1177 socks behave:

Dryarn guarantees very high levels of breathability unlike many other fibers that instead limit the correct transpiration of the body or allow it in the short term. When our body is engaged in the normal daily routine Dryarn manages the vapor flow of perspiration so as not to unbalance the thermoregulation system and keep the skin dry. During a more important physical effort instead, the fiber is activated to collect the sweat produced and transfer it from the skin, along the surface of the fiber, up to the outside to release it into the environment in an extremely fast and effectiveAmong all fibers, Dryarn has the lowest thermal conductivity, which allows it to better isolate from the external climate. In fact, its insulation capacity creates a breathable barrier that, if on the one hand is protective (insulating input) so as to keep the skin warm in the winter months, on the other serves as a vehicle of sweat to the outside, ensuring that your skin is always dry and extremely cool in the warmer months

Of the Eleven Seventyseven range at work, more precisely under the dress or suit, we recommend a classic and elegant line, capable of a fit dry, light to the need, and always comfortable. We suggest in this case to wear our Basic Business Collection, with a classic and resolute soul, pragmatic inside and out realist. Always ubiquitous in the families of knee-highs Men-Women Bicolor Blocks, Pinstripes Pop, Pinstripes Light and Pixel Falls.

For leisure or routine that give us the luxury of casual clothing, the textures and workmanship of the 1177 Design Seasonal line are ideal, the seasonal Fall-Winter and Spring-Summer collections that follow the rhythms and desires of the greatest of designers, fashion, and combine aesthetics with a technical component that ensures maximum comfort and practicality of a garment in performance fabric: lightweight, durable, breathable and thermoregulating at any time of the day, even after several hours of use.

When it’s time to train and the body exposes itself greatly to the fatigue of the movement, wearing the intimate technician who supports, defends and gives him relief when under effort, so that nothing and no one obstructs the goal of performance. The sports socks of the Active line are the perfect ally for every level of preparation and for every type of sport: thanks to the breathable sponge insole and reinforced toe that play a decisive role in the balance of comfort and the right-left foot orientation supported by an anti-torsion band able to stabilize the foot, preventing abrupt or sudden movements that cause slight or heavy distortions, the 1177 sport socks allow a greater adherence to the shoe casing; This guarantees a safe/optimal performance if in race/training or total rest if used in leisure time.


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