Technical Fabric Library - A

| Abletex | Activent | Airlite | Airshut | Airstripe | Akwatek | Akwadyne | Amara | AM/P2 Polyolef | Animal Lycra | Aquaflo | Aquamiracle | Aquapel | Aquapass | Aqua Shell | 

Abletex 

Abletex® is a registered trademark of Formosa Taffeta Co., Ltd.®. Abletex® is a waterproof, breathable fabric that is made by laminating an extremely thin film to a base fabric. The film ensures uniform pore size facilitating high moisture permeability without being stiff and uncomfortable.

Activent

Activent® is a registered trademark of W. L. Gore ® Associates. Activent® is an ultra-thin and lightweight membrane that is laminated to polyester or nylon creating a breathable, windproof, water resistant fabric used in outerwear.

Airlite

Airlite is a lightweight microfiber polyester used in jackets and outerwear. Airlite is windproof and water resistant by construction. The extremely fine denier yarns provide a dense, tight weave and soft, supple hand.

Airshut

Airshut™ was a registered trademark of Tomen Corporation (merged with Toyota Tsusho Corporation in 2006). Airshut™ is a durable water repellent fabric with a high moisture-vapor permeability, and oil and soil repellency.

Airstripe

Airstripe®, a registered trademark of Eschler®. Airstripe® is a special fabric made of polyester yarn designed especially for cycling pads. The antibacterial fabric is composed of rib stitches which increase air circulation resulting in rapid transportation of perspiration away from the body.

Akwatek

Akwatek® is a registered trademark of Comfort Technologies, Inc. Akwatek® is a finish that is applied to polyester based fabrics to help warm or cool the body during outdoor activity. Akwatek® pulls moisture away from the body, and creates a vapour barrier that cools the body in warm temperatures, and warms the body in cold temperatures. Unlike most moisture transport fabrics that rely on fabric construction or chemical coatings to pull sweat away from the body, Akwatek® modifies the molleculer structure of the fiber providing a "chemical magnet" which uses the inherent properties of water to move it away from the body as needed. Termed "electrochemical transport", this process separates and moves molecules of water using the positive and negative charges contained in each individual molecule. As a result, garments made of Akwatek® can heat one area of the body while cooling another.

Akwadyne

Akwadyne® is a registered trademark of Comfort Technologies, Inc. Akwadyne® is a finish that is applied to nylon based fabrics to help warm or cool the body during outdoor activity. Akwadyne® pulls moisture away from the body, and creates a vapour barrier that cools the body in warm temperatures, and warms the body in cold temperatures. Unlike most moisture transport fabrics that rely on fabric construction or chemical coatings to pull sweat away from the body, Akwadyne® modifies the molleculer structure of the fiber providing a "chemical magnet" which uses the inherent properties of water to move it away from the body as needed. Termed "electrochemical transport", this process separates and moves molecules of water using the positive and negative charges contained in each individual molecule. As a result, garments made of Akwadyne® can heat one area of the body while cooling another.

Amara

Amara® is a registered trademark of Kuraray Co., Ltd.® AMARA®is a synthetic suede material made up of bundles of super fine fibers locked together with polyurethane resin. Because it has the same composition as natural leather, it closely resembles leather in its surface feeling, appearance, durability, and air permeability.

AM/P2 Polyolefin

AM/P2 Polyolefin® was a registered trademark of Coville, Inc.® AM/P2 Polyolef® is an antimicrobial polyolefin. The P2 fibers transport moisture away from the body while having the highest insulating power of any fiber for it's weight.

Animal Lycra

Animal Lycra® is much heavier than standard Lycra®. The fabric has a firmer stretch and greater support.

Aquaflo

Aquaflo® is a registered trademark of H. Warshow & Sons, Inc.® Aquaflo® is a Nylon/Spandex fabric designed to allow fabric to absorb moisture and spread it over a wider surface for faster evaporation, keeping the cyclist cool, dry and comfortable.

Aquamiracle

Aquamiracle® is a registered trademark of Asahi Kasei Fibers Corporation. Aquamiracle® is a lightweight, quick-drying, sun protection fabric. The face of the fabric is Sunpaque®, a fiber that contains a high-density titanium core that blocks UV rays. The inside of the fabric is made of a Technofine® yarn for moisture transfer.

Aquapel

Aquapel™ is the registered trademark of Nanotex next generation in water repellent, eco-friendly performance, providing advanced protection against rain, sleet, snow and spills. Using a proprietary hydrocarbon technology, Aquapel modifies fabric at the molecular level by permanently attaching hydrophobic ‘whiskers’ to individual fibers, without altering the fabric’s natural breathability or feel. Plus, Aquapel is fluorocarbon free and PFOA free, making it the right choice for you and the earth.

  • Repels the elements
  • Resists spills
  • Maintains breathability
  • Eco-friendly technology

Aquapass

Aquapass® was a registered trademark of Fabritex®. Aquapass® is a topical finish that transfers moisture through fabric away from the skin.

Aqua Shell

Aqua Shell® was a trademark of Malden Mills. In 2007 Malden Mills filed for bankruptcy and Versa Capital purchased the assets to create a new company Polartec LLC. The Aqua Shell trademark was cancelled. Aqua Shell fabrics® featured the warmth of Polartec® thermal fabrics, combined with body-hugging 4-way stretch and a windproof membrane. Aqua Shell® was designed to replace neoprene and spandex skins for many water sports. The 4-way stretch provided a comfortable, non-restrictive fit. Aqua Shell® fabrics had a sun protection rating of (UPF 30+). Aqua Shell® fabrics were neutrally buoyant, reducing the amount of extra weights necessary for diving.

There were two versions of Polartec® Aqua Shell® fabrics that were available:

  1. The nylon-faced version is equivalent in warmth to 2.5 mm neoprene;  was windproof, water-repellent, and offered great abrasion protection. Good breathability made it ideal for warm-water diving and as an insulating base layer for above-water sports. It also provided warmth and wind protection in action speed sports like cycling and skiing.
  2. The skin version was windproof and waterproof, and could be seam-sealed. Its surface shed water to minimize evaporative heat loss, making the fabric ideal for an outer layer in above-water sports.