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First look: Vollebak Hoodie

First look: Vollebak Hoodie

Vollebak Baker Miller hoodie, £220 As triathletes we spend a fortune on the latest kit to help us go faster – but how much do we invest in the psychological side of our performance?

Admit it or not, the majority of us suffer from pre-race nerves the morning (and night) before a big race and this is where two adventure racers and triathletes, Nick and Steve Tidball, hope to help with this eye-catching pink (we’ll come to that colour) hoodie.

The brothers’ company, Vollebak, aims to design clothing that fuses design with elements of physiology and psychology to improve performance. “We were racing a lot and suffering from an inability to sleep the night before,” says Nick. “Insomnia burns a lot of energy – you only have to look at the brain and how it affects you. So we wanted to develop a piece of clothing that helps you relax before a race.”

Now this might sound a little hippy-ish, but the brothers have spent years developing their product and along the way have looked at what some of the biggest teams in the world – including Team Sky and the SAS – do to help rest the nervous system and […]