In this Ask an Expert Material Specialist Jessica Brenner responds to the question: How do our clients define comfort?
The meaning of comfort is dependent on the product. In apparel and fashion, comfort means keeping the body from experiencing any drastic shifts in temperature.
For instance, in sportswear, the types of performance properties that are important are things like wicking, cooling, breathability, and even thermoregulation. These properties ensure that the end user remains dry and comfortable during their activities.
In outdoor apparel, waterproofness, breathability, and thermoregulation are also very important. It’s important that waterproof coatings prevent moisture from getting in, but it’s just as important that the coating allows moisture from the inside to get out.
In other applications, like shoes or seating, comfort may be defined by the cushioning aspects of the material. This may be related to the density or thickness of materials like foam. There may also be a need to ensure that the material absorbs the shock or impact during use of the product.
So, there are really many ways we may take comfort into account and ultimately it is dependent on the end product.
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