The American sports company, Under Armour, has taken significant steps to make the fitness industry more inclusive, with the launch of its first sports hijab.
Senior Design Manager for Accessories, Jennifer Smith, explains the thought-process: "We spent several years developing the UA Sports Hijab, because we wanted to ensure that when the product launched it was the best it could be." She expands, "Our team worked diligently to launch a quality sport hijab that will meet the performance needs of its user and ensure all female athletes are covered from head to toe no matter their size, level of performance or religion"
Now, for the science: The soft fabric is made with an original hex-shaped mash pattern that allows for high breathability, sweat-wicking capacity and the minimum drying time. By including a contoured band around the face, too, Under Armour has ensured slippage is prevented.
And there's more. The Sport Hijab is made to stretch four ways, moving in every direction, with built-in headphone access so that athletes can move to their tunes with comfort.
Under Armour Canada Ambassador, certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Influencer, Saman Munir, highlights the design perks: "When you’re wearing fabric around your whole head while you sweat, breathability is non-negotiable." She adds, "The UA Sport Hijab has changed my workout experience because it’s breathable and has enough length in the front and back, so it doesn’t come untucked. The UA Sport Hijab is game changing for all Muslim women."
Patrik Frisk, the Chief Executive, announced the launch on Twitter, adding, "Every athlete should have the gear she needs to be the best. The Under Armour Sport Hijab was developed with the help of hijabi athletes from around the world."
We couldn't agree more.