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News and Views from Rowbust: rowing, garment and fabric tips, local manufacturing in Melbourne.

Avril Bastiansz - Friday, January 24, 2014

Rowbust has been continuously redeveloping the Silver Oars premium rowing range since it was first launched in 2009. The Silver Oars Mark 1 rowing suit changed the traditional fabrics and design lines rowers wore. The next evolution brought more innovation including chafe-reducing seam placements, fabric refinement, and functional extras.

Silver Oars Technical SuitThe team at Rowbust are set to produce the next range of exciting products in 2014. Without giving too much away, Rowbust are using the 3F garment methodology (Fabric, Fit, Function) to improve the Silver Oars range. Across all the garments, the placement of seams is being reconsidered to further test chafing and assess fabric panels. Rowbust garment technicians have been determining if the fabric pieces provide adequate stretch and whether they are suitable for different climates. For rowers that means how it will affect the performance and comfort when you are wearing it.

Rowbust are also looking at re-engineering the finish of the seams – how much they are raised off the fabric affects how it looks and feels. The team has compared the seams in rowing garments against those designed for other sports to determine if there are benefits that might be incorporated.

Rowbust reconsiders fabrics in an ongoing manner as it is critical that it is suitable for Australia’s extreme climate differences. The same density and type of fabric used for suits in Tasmania isn’t appropriate for a Queensland summer – we review this continuously as well as seeking out new fabrics available for sportswear.

Please feel free to send us any questions you might have and we look forward to bringing our innovative range to rowers this year.

Katherine from our design team digitising patterns with our Gerber Digitiser