With the winter sports season getting underway in a few days at the inaugural World Cup races in Sölden (28-29 October), UYN – Unleash Your Nature – has unveiled new technical underwear dedicated to ten national ski teams.
Natyon 3.0 is the evolution of the most iconic model of the Italian brand, which has managed to raise the bar of performance once again thanks to the introduction of new-generation sustainable bio yarns.
Natyon 3.0, is tested and recommended by the athletes of the GB Snowsport federation and nine other national ski teams: Italy, Austria, France, Slovenia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Spain, China and the Austrian Freeski team. In the last five seasons, UYN athletes have won 190 Alpine Ski World Cup races, 5 Crystal Globes (Marcel Hirscher in 2019, Aleksander Aamodt Kilde and Federica Brignone in 2020, Alexis Pinturault and Petra Vlhova in 2021) and 7 Olympic golds, making Natyon the most successful underwear in the sports history.
Performance from castor beans
The extensive development effort carried out by UYN engineers in collaboration with athletes has resulted in increased thermo-regulation efficiency and freedom of movement, as well as greater muscular support. Natyon 3.0 features the innovative Natex bio-fibre derived from castor beans. Compared to traditional petroleum-based synthetic fibres, Natex has made it possible to reduce underwear weight by 34% and increase elasticity by 4%, for greater precision and improved movement control.
The total absence of constrictions is guaranteed by the Hypermotion structure of the shoulders: an exclusive to UYN. The zero-seam design reduces shirt pressure on the arms, promoting comfort and correct posture.
Thanks to the patented Coolvent technology, the wicking and sweat-absorbing surface area has been increased by 58% to maintain the ideal body microclimate and allow the athlete to focus only on performance.
Compared to the previous version, Micro-Ribs technology has been introduced, which incorporates three-dimensional structures integrated into the inner surface that stabilise the muscles and promote blood circulation to benefit performance and recovery.
The new socks with Zerocuff technology
The Natyon 3.0 underwear set is complemented by Natyon 3.0 technical socks – the first ski socks designed for race performance without a cuff. Thanks to Zerocuff technology, UYN has managed to eliminate the double elastic band that tightens the calf and leaves marks on the skin. The Natyon 3.0 sock stays in the perfect position, without slipping down or creating creases, and exerts no restriction on blood circulation. This solution ensures greater comfort and improved foot sensitivity inside the ski boot.
AREAS, the UYN research centre taking technical apparel into a new era
Natyon 3.0 has come out of UYN’s new AREAS centre (Academy for Research and Engineering in Apparel and Sport). The pioneering research and development laboratory of UYN, has been recently inaugurated and opened to the public (visits can be booked here: https://uynsports.com/lang/areas). AREAS’s sophisticated scientific equipment (from the Hyper thermal mannequin that reproduces the physiological reactions of the human body to the Arctic Chamber for studying products at -20°C) and UYN’s manufacturing expertise have made it possible to create underwear that is increasingly adapted to the needs of champions.
AREAS’ mission is to achieve the perfect combination of performance and sustainability, bringing technical apparel into the new post-synthetic era. In addition to the Natyon 3.0 race line, the AREAS laboratory has already launched the BIOTECH technical underwear collection, the first one made from 99% bio-based fibres: Kapok, the lightest natural fibre in the world, Ecolypt from the Eucalyptus plant, Biolight from beech wood, Flexicorn from corn seeds, the sustainable alternative to elastane, and Natex from castor beans. Unlike traditional synthetic fibres, UYN bio-fibres are created from natural ingredients and enhanced through technology, setting new standards in performance and reducing the impact on the environment.