Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Monday, July 26, 2004

Fast clothing


The Swedish team's new O' suits are, according to the company that makes them:

...made for the least possible air resistance.  Less air resistance leads to higher speed....
Aerodynamic orienteering clothes!?

I'm no engineer.  But I'm sure that aerodynamic clothing isn't going to make much difference to an orienteer.*  Orienteering ain't NASCAR.

You can read a report on the new O' clothes at the Swedish Federation's web page.

* I Googled "aerodynamic running" and found an article that reported:

...the air resistance one encounters while running can also be minimized by
grooming oneself to be as aerodynamic as possible. Kyle's careful wind-tunnel
experiments showed that, among other things, loose, wrinkled clothing, long, thick cotton
socks, and long hair are significant sources of wind drag. Since these items are unlikely
to affect marathon performance by more than 5 to 15 seconds...

posted by Michael | 7:49 PM


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