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From the downward dog test to the dive into the pool trials, each new season we recruit experts to test garments and ensure they're durable, functional and performance-enhancing.

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the challenge:

Swimwear that can withstand any test in the water.

the test:

the result:

More lengths, more dives, more feedback, more notes. This is the life of a Garment Tech and this is how Sweaty Betty ensures swimwear fits perfectly and performs to the highest level.

Chlorine worshippers and triathletes in training met at the pool with swim caps and goggles in hand, ready to put the latest Sweaty Betty swimwear through the ultimate wearer trail test.

 

Garment technologist Fiona assembled a group and instructed them on what to do. The trial began dive after dive, lap after lap, minute after minute, the team critiqued the products to the smallest detail.

the vision:

the verdict:

Flowing smoothly through twists, binds and balancing postures, each pair of yoga bottoms provided 100% coverage without sacrificing comfort.

Trialling four yoga bottoms from the SS14 Against The Elements collection; the Vinyasa Capris, Om Pants, Dynamic Leggings

and Chandrasana leggings, a qualified yoga instructor rated their comfort and opacity from asanas to inversions.

A strong, controlled practice is about feeling secure and confident. With this in mind, the perfect yoga leggings should remain completely opaque from downward dog to cobra.

the test:

the objective:

Durable kit that can survive the most challenging conditions is a necessity for outdoor training. This trial was designed to test whether the new outdoor fitness wear is tough enough to battle the elements and provide support in style.

the test:

A group of athletes get wet and muddy during a bootcamp-style training session, performing a regiment's worth of squats, sprints, jumping jacks, press-ups, burpees and crunches in the mud to test whether the kit keeps the wearer warm and dry.

the result:

The outdoor kit endured the hardest of training sessions and remained fully waterproof throughout. Testers confirmed that it washes well too – a bonus for muddy bootcamps.

For a dancer lowering into the splits or doing a split-leap in mid-air, ending up with torn bottoms is not an option.

the fear:

the test:

First Artist, Nancy Osbaldeston of the English National Ballet pushed the new line of dancewear to the limit. Putting the range through its (very graceful) paces, the test included splits against the wall, in the air, on the ground, upside down and inside out; stretching the fabric every way possible to ensure it neither rips nor restricts her movement.

the verdict:

The ultimate dance kit that withstood Nancy's splits test, allowing for freedom of movement and style.

the challenge:

For yoga, having a fully covered bust and securely-fitted top that stays in place throughout the class is essential for a strong and confident practice.

the result:

This season's yoga camis – the Utthita, Niyama, Ahimsa and Chaturanga – all stayed put without riding up. The high neckline and secure fit stay in place throughout a yoga flow.

the test:

Flowing from urdhva muko savasanah (upward facing dog) to salamba sirsasana (supported headstand), a class of yogis put four yoga camis from the SS14 collection, Against The Elements, through an advanced series of asanas and inversions to test whether the tops ride up or reveal the chest during practice. The tested camis were the Utthita, Niyama, Ahimsa and Chaturanga.

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