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Avril Bastiansz - Saturday, April 26, 2014

Over the last couple of months we have been working on the Silver Oars range and in a couple of weeks we'll be launching our latest range of Silver Oars Tights, Second Skin tops and our much loved Silver Oars Suit.  In this blog, I hope to give you an update on where things are at and what you can expect in this latest range.

Second Skin

Many of the rowers I have been talking to at regattas have mentioned that they need a training top that offers protection from the Sun, but doesn't get too hot. As I have written in previous blogs; thinner garments are for summer workouts and thicker garments for winter.  

The Second Skin long sleeve tops are the perfect choice to be worn under your rowing suit both in the summer for UV protection and winter for layered warmth.

We have now started to better distinguish the winter and summer garments by incorporating different fabrics to suit the different seasons; a winter weight and summer weight.

Over the summer we looked at the anatomy of a rower's body and watched how their body moved through the stroke.  In the summer weight design, we have updated the top to make it more comfortable.  The side seams have been moved from the back to the front; and the sleeve seams have been changed to wrap around the arm from top to bottom.  Overall this will eliminate any chance of irritation from the seam rubbing against your body.

Silver Oars Tights

For the Tights we have completed remodelled the fit, incorporated a bioliner/anti-microbial fabric through the crotch and adjusted some gusset panels to make the tights fit better and feel great.

Silver Oars Suit

We are now designing the fifth edition of the Silver Oars Suit.  Still in progress, we have been investigating the next generation of fabrics available to get the best fit for rowing garments.  Rowers are looking for rowing suits that have better breathability and super light, and the fabric choice is a major part of delivering these features.

The new suit will also feature ventilation panels and changed seam locations to make it easier to get into and out of the suit.

We hope that this has given you into the design process and research and development at Rowbust and if you have any questions we'd love to hear from you.


Don't forget that you can see all of the latest Silver Oars suits at the Australian Masters Rowing Championships in Adelaide from Thursday 1st May to Sunday 4th of May.  

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