Just one atom-layer thick, graphene is the thinnest and strongest material known to man – a million times thinner than a human hair and between 100-300 times stronger than steel. In addition, it is flexible, transparent and a conductor of electricity that outperforms copper, as well as a conductor of heat that outperforms all other known materials. The application of graphene when printed onto fabric creates a new performance environment never before seen in sports clothing.
Graphene G+ heralds a new era in the development of interactive garments. Thanks to its high thermal conductivity, traditional cycling kit now also has a thermo-regulating function. The graphene fabric pulls the heat away from the body and transfers it faster than a conventional base layer or jersey – away from the body in hot weather, and around the body in cold weather. As a result, the body uses less energy for its own climate management and therefore the cyclist will have more energy for the next attack, the next climb, the next sprint.
‘The application of Graphene G+ technology heralds a new era in the development of interactive garments.’
Traditionally, textile development has focused on properties such as breathability or impermeability – a one-way relationship. Fabric has not been able to talk to and interact with the body. However, with the application of the Graphene G+ planar thermal circuit, heat generated by the body does not only pass through the fabric, but is evenly distributed around to prevent the creation of hotspots and dissipated when needed.
The interaction between the fabric and the human body means it is possible to adjust the body temperature without using an external source of energy, such as batteries, and without affecting breathability and permeability. The body can ‘talk’ to the fabric, and the textile can respond.
Thermo-regulation is a system of biological mechanisms, (including processes for the production, storage and dispersion of heat), which is responsible for the maintenance of a constant internal temperature independent from the climatic conditions outside of the body. These mechanisms require energy to function, and they normally take this energy from the body – energy that could instead be used to increase an athlete’s performance. The application of the Graphene G+ thermal circuit facilitates the temperature control and reduces this wastage of body energy.
This application works in conjunction with the electrostatic and bacteriostatic benefits of G+ which also contribute to moisture management and have an anti-odour effect. The Graphene G+ production process is chemical-free and our graphene-based products are certified non-toxic and non-cytotoxic. The entire process is based exclusively on physics – and not on chemistry: in fact, in the production plant there is no use of any chemical additives or solvents. This key feature of the technological process allows us to produce graphene-based materials that possess unique characteristics while being entirely safe for human contact, as certified by a series of analyses conducted by an independent testing agency.