The Woolmark Company and Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli have unveiled the ground-breaking technical team kit to be worn as it vies for victory during the 37th America’s Cup.
Returning as the official technical partner for the Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli sailing team, The Woolmark Company has worked closely with the Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli product development team to expand the current kit to include performance-first apparel for cycling, running and gym-based training activities.
With a focus on technical performance, and the added benefit of protecting the ocean, Merino wool proves to be the added element for Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli.
The new custom-made kit includes Merino wool-rich T-shirts, hoodies, shorts, leggings, a cycling suit, a waterproof jacket and a revolutionary ultralight windbreaker. At just 60gsm, the 55% Merino wool windbreaker is wind-proof thanks to the density of the weave, and the presence of Merino wool ensures superior breathability.
The cycling suit has also been specially designed to meet the demanding conditions the Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli team will face. Using an innovative Merino wool-rich fabric, the interlock suit delivers enhanced temperature regulation and moisture management benefits, excelling in different weather conditions and intensity levels.
The original performance fibre, Merino wool has the versatility to enhance performance across key onshore and offshore activities.
The partnership once again celebrates Merino wool as the added element that unlocks greater sporting performance, but also as a key material created in – and defined by – th forces of nature, put to the ultimate test by this elite sailing team.
Quality and sustainability
Passionate about improving ocean health and reducing its impact, the Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli team once again turns to wool – a fibre praised for its biodegradable nature, backed by science which shows the fibre does not contribute to microplastic pollution.
“I am pleased about the renewal of the technical partnership with The Woolmark Company, on the road to the 37th America’s Cup,” says Max Sirena Team Director and Skipper of the Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli team. “Wearing good quality sportswear for a team like Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli means enhancing our performance.
After testing the garments in a wide range of conditions during the previous America’s Cup, we discovered the unique properties of Merino wool in terms of elasticity, breathability, comfort, insulation, and water resistance. Having had an excellent experience with these uniforms, we took the opportunity to develop a training kit together, exploiting the features of this natural fibre that, moreover, is perfectly in line with our lifestyle and the sustainability policy pursued by Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli.”
“Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli and The Woolmark Company consolidate their joined commitment in terms of innovation, technology and social responsibility by renewing their technical partnership. The last edition proved how Merino wool is the perfect partner to ensure high-quality performances thanks to its natural qualities. We are pleased to extend the presence of this 100% natural fibre also in the training uniforms, underlining once again the team’s commitment to safeguarding the oceans” said Prada Group Marketing Director & Head of Corporate Social Responsibility Lorenzo Bertelli.