As you work out, sweat and body oil saturates your equipment creating the perfect environment for the bacteria that cause athlete's foot, ringworm and staph infection. This same bacteria causes stubborn, rotten odors making it difficult to eradicate the smell from your car, home and equipment. Properly drying your equipment will extend the life of your gloves, shoes or headgear by keeping the fabric, fibers, and elastic in like-new condition for as long as possible.
When equipment is left wet or damp it not only breaks down the materials it’s comprised of but creates an environment for mold, fungus and bacteria. The AirMax Dryer's "Forced Evaporation" technology utilizes a 735 CFM fan to pressurize the manifold, forcing air out of the drying tube at over 550 feet per minute. With the most powerful fan on the market today, your equipment can last longer, smell better and reduce your chance of missing practice, games or bouts due to a bacterial infection.
DRY YOUR EQUIPMENT-FAST!
The AirMax Dryer was born in a boxing gym. A boxer can workout and spar for hours at a time which leaves their headgear, boxing gloves and shoes, completely drenched in sweat. After years of trying every drying device, hanging tree and heating element - nothing could get our gear dry. Instead, our wet gear deteriorated quickly and became the ideal breeding ground for mold, fungus and bacteria that causes a foul odor worthy of a Military-Grade Gas Mask.
A mixture of sweat, bacteria, body oils and liquids goes into your equipment every time you use it. What are you doing to get it out? When you leave it to hang dry, some moisture on the top surface may evaporate but sweat and moisture below that top surface is absorbed deep down in the foam, fibers and material of your equipment. Through years of building, testing and using prototype units in our boxing gym, we found that the only way to force the evaporation of deep seeded moisture was to design sport specific drying tubes, a pressurized manifold and incorporate the most powerful fan the equipment drying market has ever seen. The result, is the AirMax Dryer with forced evaporation technology.
“Body odor happens when bacteria on your skin comes in contact with sweat. Our skin is naturally covered with bacteria. When we sweat, the water, salt and fat mix with this bacteria and can cause an odor. The odor can be bad, good or have no smell at all. Factors like the foods you eat, hormones or medications can affect this body odor”. Source: the Cleveland Clinic
This mix of sweat, water, salt and fat is absorbed by the equipment that touches our body. If you weigh a pair of gloves before and after a workout, the post workout weight will be greater due to the sweat mixture absorbed in the foam, fibers and fabrics of the equipment. The AirMax Dryer utilizes a pressurized manifold, high powered inline fan and odor controlling air freshener to help eliminate moisture and foul smelling odors.
EXTEND EQUIPMENT LIFE
The longer you use a piece of equipment without properly drying it, the more sweat, body oils and liquids are allowed to accumulate. There’s a misconception that heating elements will help dry your equipment but they can actually do more harm than good by melting and destroying the elastic and polyester threads that hold together most of today’s sports equipment. By using a high output, inline fan to air dry your gloves, pads, shoes, skates and headgear after each use, you can remove the chance of a heating element ruining your equipment.
The biggest threat to the lifespan of your equipment is the way it smells. People will throw away a perfectly good pair of gloves solely due to the toxic stench that fills the air everywhere they go.
When you throw away gloves you have to replace them with a new pair, do this a couple times a year and the cost can really add up. The AirMax Dryer will push out the damp, wet, moisture and replace it with a powerful flow of continuous odor controlling air freshener.
PREVENT THE SPREAD OF BACTERIA, INFECTION AND ACNE
Bacteria can live in hotter and colder temperatures than humans, but they do best in a warm, moist, protein-rich environment that is pH neutral or slightly acidic. Most bacteria that cause disease grow fastest in the temperature range between 41 and 135 degrees Fahrenheit, which is known as the danger zone. Source: fdacs.gov
When you take your equipment off after practice or a game and place it in your gear bag, you create a warm, moist, protein-rich environment with a temperature range between 41 and 135 degrees Fahrenheit. This is the best case scenario for breeding bacteria, mold and fungi that leads to skin infections, rashes, ringworm, athletes foot and staph infection. Dry your equipment as soon as possible to avoid creating this environment.
When sports equipment or clothing traps heat and sweat on your skin it can cause acne mechanica. In the early stages, the skin may just feel rough or bumpy, even if you can’t see actual pimples. But as acne mechanica progresses, these tiny breakouts can become irritated and progress to more obvious, inflamed blemishes. If you are already prone to breakouts, you’re more likely to develop acne mechanica. Helmets and boxing headgear hold heat and sweat against the skin, causing hair follicles (the pores) to become blocked. With continued rubbing, the pores become irritated and those tiny blemishes morph into larger, red pimples. The first step in the fight against acne, bacteria, fungi, mold and skin infections is to thoroughly dry your equipment.