Uniqlo Heattech Underwear – Review and Test Report

By Paul Riegler on 10 February 2015
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The recent spell of cold weather conjures up my mother’s admonitions to “Dress in layers” and “Zip it up,” but sometimes even that isn’t enough. With wind chill temperatures hitting 0° F (-18° C) on some days, it feels as if the wind is slicing right through your jeans and even your winter coat.

For frequent travelers, this presents a special challenge, as packing multiple layers of clothing takes up precious space in one’s carry-on bags (no frequent business traveler checks bags, right?). We found a solution at trendy Uniqlo, a Japanese retailer that offers a low-cost product that has the quality found in higher-end retail shops. The company is able to do this by, focusing on a few styles and fabrics, instead of offering hundreds of different items, and providing them in a variety of colors to compensate.

The solution to the cold weather can be summed up in one word: “Heattech.” Uniqlo’s Heattech warmth-retaining line of long underwear, has been a favorite of staffers at Frequent Business Traveler. The Heattech products were developed in partnership with Toray Industries, a Japanese textiles company and the line proved to be very popular in the first year of the partnership.

Uniqlo Heattech tights

Uniqlo Heattech tights

The lightweight high-tech fabric, the company explains on its website, traps heat to keep the wearer warm and, best of all, the Heattech items are so thin that they take up almost no space in your roll aboard.

Uniqlo has expanded the Heattech line to include scarves, hats, and gloves, but we took a look at basic items such as tights and a variety of shirts.  All of the company’s items are available online at www.uniqlo.com

The way Uniqlo says it works is that the fibers used in the clothing reduce heat loss that is usually caused by moisture evaporation. The label says the items are made from Polyester, acrylic, rayon, and spandex, but it’s more complicated than that.

Click here to continue to Page 2Heattech: Does It Really Work?

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