Safe landing for athletes’ knees

March 13, 2019

Athletes risk injury when landing from a jump. To offset that risk, designer Hubert Chen has developed the Safe Landing Garment (SLG), a compression garment that incorporates 3D printing. Physics can wreak havoc with athletes’ knees. Chen says, “When landing from a jump, athletes can experience up to seven times their own body weight.” The SLG garment …

Fabric both insulates and ventilates

March 11, 2019

A new dual-use fabric may be the answer to having a garment that serves equally well in summer and winter wardrobes. The new fabric alternates between insulating and providing ventilation by responding to the wearer’s perspiration. Study co-author YuHuang Wang, a chemist at the University of Maryland in College Park, sees the fabric being applied …

Loomia launches self-heating jacket for women

Loomia will launch its first direct-to-consumer product March 15, a women’s self-heating jacket that features Loomia’s wire-free, soft-circuit system. The slim-line jacket is designed to fill a market need for women, as most heated jackets on the market are designed for men and altered to make a women’s version.  The company’s H1 jacket takes into …

Mosquito bite-resistant garments developed

Five professors at North Carolina State University (NC State) have filed an application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for new mosquito bite-resistant garments. Andre J. West, Marian G. McCord, Charles S. Apperson, Richard Michael Roe, and Emiel A. DenHartog, the inventors, have created an insect-proof, form-fitting undergarment of superfine, knitted fabric. The garments’ top …

Shima Seiki targets pointelles for ventilation

February 27, 2019

Shima Seiki is engineering pointelles for targeted breathability and ventilation. The company says that its new samples showcase the pointelles for comfort as well as design elements. The pointelles are placed in underarm and back sections and can be knit in patterns to spotlight brand names. The company’s functional base layer for men features wool …

Research in self-cleaning, sunproof silk progresses

February 25, 2019

To give silk hydrophobic and UV-blocking properties, researchers from Wuhan Textile University have experimented with in-situ synthesis of zinc oxide (ZnO) nanorods on fabrics made of natural silk. A Materials Today article says that the team’s report, which appeared in Materials Letters, says they’ve produced super-hydrophobic silk without the addition of seed particles or the …

Noble Biomaterials notes fiber technology products and partnerships

February 20, 2019

Noble Biomaterials Inc., a manufacturer of odor elimination and smart fabric solutions, has announced a number of products using Noble’s platform of inherent fiber technologies. Noble Biomaterials anti-odor solutions are being used in active apparel and base layers as well as sleepwear.  Noble’s XT2 uses the properties of silver ions to kill odor before it …

Rossignol applies dynamic compression to new skiwear 

February 19, 2019

French ski brand Rossignol has introduced a new range of compression skiwear that it says can offer better muscle alignment and efficiency as well as promote more effective recovery. The range, which it calls The Compression, combines Lycra Sport Fabric and Rossignol’s own patented compression technology. It includes race tops and race tights for men …

DuPont and NIPI will create a new down fabric 

February 12, 2019

DuPont Industrial Biosciences (DuPont) and Natural Insulation Products Inc. (NIPI) are collaborating to create a seamless sheet of down fabric. A recent release from the companies says the partnership will yield a “new category of insulation.” The fabric will use the Thindown proprietary process to combine DuPont bio-based Sorona fibers and Thindown down fabric. The blend is …

Scientists develop fabric to warm or cool the wearer

February 11, 2019

Innovations in fabric technology have produced high-tech thermal properties that keep the wearer cool or warm, but a fabric that can do both has been elusive. According to information released by the University of Maryland (UMD), researchers there have created a fabric that can automatically regulate the amount of heat that passes through it, depending …