The customer need that inspired us to develop this technology
One recurring demand arises in each and every conversation we have, comfort. Today 97 per cent of glove wearers claim that comfort is their number one priority when choosing gloves with the key challenge being sweaty hands. Why?
The skin, the largest organ of our body, is used to regulate its temperature through thermoregulation (perspiration). On average, our skin contains 155 sweat glands per square centimeter; however, our hands have 83 per cent more sweat glands per square centimeter than the rest of our body. The back of our hands contains 200 sweat glands per square centimeter whilst on the palms of our hands there are 370 per square centimeter. Combine this with a gloved hand and it explains why sweaty hands remains an age-old problem.
Time for change? We at ATG® think so.
Regulate: for a cooler glove experience
The AD-APT® Technology is activated by the movement of our hands and increased temperature within the glove, releasing a natural cooling agent that keeps your hand dry and make them cooler.
Ventilate: for a fresher glove experience
The AIRtech® technology used in the construction of the MaxiFlex® coating has a network of structured tunnels guaranteeing optimal air quality and temperature within the glove.
Circulate: for a productive glove experience
As your hands work they move forcing air out of the close fitting MaxiFlex® glove through the patented structured tunnels within the AIRtech® coating. This enables what we call 360° breathability to evacuate moisture to guarantee optimal air quality and temperature within which is now further enhanced through the inclusion of our new AD-APT® Technology.
How it works?
Microencapsulation is the process of surrounding or enveloping one substance within another substance on a very small scale, yielding capsules ranging from less than one micron to several hundred microns in size. Magnified many times the microcapsule used to transport the AD-APT® technology looks like a golf ball with every dimple on the ball being a heatsensitive membrane. Activated by the movement of the hands and the rising temperature within the glove, these membranes within the dimples are triggered allowing cooling agents (essential oils) used within the AD-APT® technology to be released on your hands.
Whilst the AD-APT® technology cools the hand to comfortable conditions it does not impact on the natural ability of the body to control its temperature i.e. thermoregulation.
The response has been a resounding success. More comfortable, reduced sweating, dry hands for days and a pleasant scent have been the common threads of the feedback gathered.
This is what long-standing MaxiFlex® customers have told us in trials conducted between around the world:
- 93 percent of people surveyed liked the cooling effect and thought it felt natural.
- 77 percent noticed less sweating.
- 85 percent of those surveyed noticed the scent of the AD-APT® Technology which they noted as fresh, invigorating and hygienic.
- 81 percent said they would seriously consider buying a glove with the AD-APT® cooling technology integrated within.
The majority of people assumed, without being informed, that the scent was an additional hygiene treatment.
* This is what long-standing MaxiFlex® customers have told us in trials conducted between around the world**
** Feedback was given by 68 current MaxiFlex® users as a market survey conducted in Spring 2014
Working with our partner, the Skin Health Alliance, we have ensured that our AD-APT® technology platform is dermatologically accredited.
The accreditation serves as a guarantee that the technology is skin safe, that the science and research behind AD-APT® is robust and that it meets international regulatory standards.
Now the iconic MaxiFlex® gets even better thanks to the inclusion of the new AD-APT® Technology from ATG®.
Designed and developed as a breathable glove, MaxiFlex® has become the benchmark for precision handling in dry environments.