You know who needs high-tech performance clothing? Gamers! Yep, that’s completely reasonable and makes total sense—at least according to one company.
KontrolFreek, which sells various gaming accessories like handgrips for controllers and performance thumbsticks, has recently released a hoodie and a pair of shorts designed specifically for the rigors of long spending hours in front of a video game console.
And what, exactly, are those rigors? Well, mainly it seems to be excessive sweating. Both the Icon Performance Gaming Hoodie and Icon Performance Gaming Shorts (which you can purchase at kontrolfreek.com for $65.99 and $35.99 respectively) feature DRYV® technology, a blend of high-performance, moisture-wicking fabric with an absorbent outer layer, which allows for “gamers to easily dry hands and stay cool while improving accuracy and control.”
And okay, fair enough. High-level gaming, like what the pros do, requires a level of concentration that probably does produce a lot of sweat. But some of the other features—like motion-pleated elbows, ultralight performance material, and reinforced zippers—seem like overkill. After all, how many zippers do gamers go through during a seven-hour Call of Duty jag?
That said, the oversized hood on the gaming hoodie—which accommodates headphones and allows for 180-degree peripheral vision—makes sense. It’d be handy both during a heated gaming competition and afterward, when IRL human contact causes clinical levels of paralyzing anxiety (at which point the moisture-wicking fabric once again comes in handy).
But the important thing here is that someone has finally had the vision to create proper clothes for sitting. Because sitting is hard.