A couple of years ago, we, Tobias and Martin, were part of the Austrian National Rowing Team, training and competing thousands of kilometers on various rivers, lakes, and other rowing cites across Europe. It was a tough yet rewarding time: the nature we have spent our time in was unbeatable, the fitness we rowers have gained through the full-body movement was top, and the adventures and friendships we have made are eternal.
You probably know what rowing is about: the feeling when the boat flows nicely, your team is in sync, the power you put into every stroke... You basically can't stop! Well, we hardly stopped unless our hands were - literally - bloody and full of blisters. Especially in the beginning of the season when we tested different boats, materials, grips, and teams. Since there were no real gloves for rowers on the market, we wanted to do something about it - that was when ROWTEX was born.
We collected ideas, asked our rowing teammates, material technicians, and designers and quickly found a producer in Austria. After a lot of prototyping and testing, the first ROWTEX ORIGINALS rowing gloves arrived on the market. Our name ROWTEX came somewhat naturally, obviously a combination of ROWing and TEXtiles.
We put the main focus on the protection of the rower's hands in order to prevent the development of blisters and swellings. At the same time, we wanted to make gloves that do not affect the rowing feeling and impede the athlete.
Since then, the awareness and usage of ROWTEX gloves has steadily increased and our clients include elite athletes, leisure rowers, masters, and students (University of Cambridge, Brunel University). ROWTEX rowers, like Magdalena Lobnig or Karl Schulze, have successfully participated and won medals at the Olympics, World Championships, European Championships, European University Championships, and Under 23 World Championships.
So, what next? Staying with gloves or taking the project ROWTEX a step further? Many of our customers, friends, and rowing colleagues have been asking for rowing clothes customized for rowers: jackets, vests, shorts, T-shirts, pants, etc. with high functionality, perfect fit, and great design. We have been working together with renowned clothing and glove producers to design clothes with a high quality that meet the demands for the rowing sport, while we use versatile and durable textiles and sustainable and fair production.
The spirit of ROWTEX is and will always be driven by your ideas. Let us know what you are looking for and should be part of the next ROWTEX collection!
Tobias and Martin