We are delighted that in March 2019 Exosuit was launched. Exosuit gives athletes proprioceptive feedback to help improve posture, stability and feeling of power. To help make this possible Thread iteratively developed the garment and it’s patented technology with Exosuit. It was tested and refined in conjunction with Progressive Sports in Loughborough and now this amazing technical garment is available to buy.
Following a long political campaign to compete internationally, Shirin was about to be denied permission to represent Iran in a triathlon unless she wore an approved outfit which was restrictive, hot and required a tent for changing. In a day and age where the majority of Western sports kits are figure-hugging and minimal, we helped Shirin reimagine her kit with thoughtful design and some of the coolest textiles available.
When Shirin approached us just three weeks before the ITU world championship race, she had ideas for a new sports outfit that was lightweight, breathable, and concealed her hair, skin and silhouette while she transitioned between activities in line with the Iranian Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports’ modesty requirements.
We researched these requirements and worked together to explore different garment combinations that could be interchanged depending on the activity. Once we’d sourced technical textiles that were lightweight, breathable and suitable for printing, we created toiles (prototype garments), produced artwork, and constructed the final kit in a very short time frame.
The final kit, consisting of a printed cycling jersey and loose overshirt, enabled Shirin to change between activities without the use of a tent. Discussing her redesigned outfit, Shirin said, “They were comfortable, they looked awesome, they were easy to bike and run in and at no point in time did I wish I had a layer less.”
Shirin finally received permission to race on the morning of the event, a historic moment which marked her as the country’s first ever female triathlete to compete in the world championship.
Shirin’s achievement was greeted across social media platforms by supporters including Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani who tweeted, “Shirin Gerami,1st female triathlete to have participated in world championship wearing Iran’s colours #GenderEquality.”
Shirin Gerami crosses the line at WTS Edmonton as Iran’s first and only female triathlete!
Thread and Shirin worked together to make the specialised kit that had to provide complete coverage with minimal effect on mobility and thermal burden. In a world of minimal, one-piece figure-hugging kit this seemed a tall order, but this was achieved with thoughtful design and selection of the coolest possible materials.
“They were comfortable, they looked awesome, they were easy to bike and run in and at no point in time did I wish I had a layer less.”
In a very short time window we were able to create toiles, produce artwork, source print and construct the final race kit. Shirin campaigned tirelessly for permission to race, which was finally granted the morning of the event.
Website link: Shirin’s blog for 220 Triathlon magazine
Website link: ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Edmonton 2014