A staple in fitness attire is the active tank. When paired with leggings or shorts, the active tank provides optimal coverage and support for all of your fitness needs. Buying a tank is pretty self-explanatory, but there is a firm difference between buying a tank and buying an active tank. First and foremost, it's important to note that an active tank is not your father's white ribbed undershirt; An active tank is more high tech. Equipped with quick dry technology, UV protection, and even abrasion resist, an active tank prioritizes optimal comfort.
When buying an active tank, make sure to check for these key features:
Fitness and perspiration come hand in hand, but there are definitely ways to prevent the dreaded under-pool. Moisture wicking tech pulls sweat onto the outer layer of the garment away from the skin allowing for quick evaporation. Moisture wicking is a must-have feature in most athletic gear as it can help keep you dry for longer periods.
Think of UV protected clothing as sunglasses for your body, the tighter the weave or knit of the garment, the more difficult it becomes for the sun to penetrate the fibers and reach the skin. Synthetic fibers like polyester, nylon, and lycra are more resistant to UV penetration and reflect the damage.
Along the same lines as moisture wicking, quick-dry fabrics work to redistribute liquid and sweat onto other areas of the garment to speed up the process of evaporation. What is the benefit of quick dry? Sweaty after a long soccer match, your gear remains dry and helps keep you cool during and after the game.
Four Way Stretch
Acting as a second skin, the four-way stretch fabric will move while you do. With four-way stretch, the garment moves with the wearer, allowing you to avoid any chafing or restriction when exercising. You are now free to stretch and lunge with ease.
When shopping for a tank, the material is key. We have already discussed perspiration and UV, but what materials will provide these key concepts and then some? Shop man-made materials such as lycra, polyester, and nylons when purchasing a tank as these materials work to provide optimal wear without limiting movement, adding heat, or bulk to your look.
When talking garment weight, it is a good idea to think about running. When going on a run, there is nothing worse than being slowed down by your clothing - This is why marathon runners are not competing while wearing baggy sweatpants. Lightweight garments remove the stress of unnecessary baggage, allowing you to focus on your exercise and not your clothing.
Similar to lightweight garments, breathable fabrics should be used to regulate heat and body temperature. When participating in high impact activities, trapping heat in a garment will leave you feeling muggy and weighed down. Ditch the sweats and exercise in athletic pieces that contain lightweight fabrics such as linen, spandex, or lycra for a more aerated experience.
Built in Bra
A built in bra is definitely an added (but not always necessary) addition to an athletic tank. Depending on the brand, some styles are sized by the bust. Follow the tips from our 10 Things You Need To Know About Buying a Sports Bra for how to measure the size of your bust.
- Stand straight and have someone measure close to your ribcage right below your bust. It is important to pull the tape as snug as possible without pinching. Once placed under the bust, round to the nearest whole number. If the number is odd, add five (5) inches. If the number is odd, add four (4) inches. For example, if you measured thirty-four (34) inches, your band size is thirty-eight (38) inches. If you measured thirty-one (31) inches, your band size is thirty-six (36) inches.
- Take a loose measurement of the fullest part of your chest (at nipple level), and round to the nearest whole number.
- To determine your cup size, subtract your band size from your bust measurement. Example, 37 inches (bust) - 34 inches (band) - 3 inches. This would mean your cup size is a 34C.
*Image and techniques are from realsimple.com
While a great addition to any tank, not all brands will offer tanks (or bras for that matter) with removable cups. The cups offer encapsulation support, but can easily adapt to a compression fit once the encapsulated cups are removed. This handy feature will allow for versatility in any form.
The dryer is the enemy of spandex. The heat from the dryer breaks down the fabric causing spandex made attire to breakdown (This is how pilling or holes emerge on the fabric). It is best practice to wash by hand or on a cold wash cycle and lay flat or hang to dry.
Now that you know the fundamentals of an active tank, be sure to hit the link below for all our Titika Active Tanks.