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Performance Materials Abound At ispo

FEBRUARY 06, 2006 -- ispo has had a long tradition of promoting performance fabrics and materials. This year's show was no different.

Patagonia's Capilene performance baselayer is now made of 50% recycled polyester and is 100% recyclable via the Common Threads Recycling Program. Capilene base layer now has Gladiodor natural odor control, Most companies use heavy-metal (silver) ions to kill the bacteria that cause odor. Patagonia feels this treatment brings safety and environmental risks. Instead, it uses benign amino acid chains to breakdown the bacteria. Patagonia introduced a wool baselayer of 100% merino wool, that naturally manages moisture and inhibits bacteria growth. The company took note that cotton is not as environmentally safe as it may appear. Much of the world's insecticide is used to raise cotton, which also requires huge amounts of water. The company uses organically grown cotton and praised Nike's decision to use such cotton.

Australian Wool Innovation made its first appearance at ispo. It showcase wool-rich fabric samples as well as a selected range of Performance Merino garments – from baselayer to insulation and weather protection. High-grade Australian merino is being used in products from Arc'Teryx, Helly Hansen, Marmot Mountain, Montrail, Patagonia, The North face and Rip Curl. Performance Merino has moisture management, is naturally anti-odor and has natural UV protection.

Freudenberg introduced Comfortemp Stretch, the world's first elastic temperature control material. A highly elastic nonwoven has been with integrated microencapsulated Phase Change Material. The material is available in two versions. Comfortemp CTS has a cross elasticity up to 40%. Comfortemp CTE is bi-elastic.

Lenzing Fibers has been marketing its TENCEL fiber for some years for casual clothing and bedding. The company decided to enter the active sportswear market. The fiber is based on eucalyptus wood. It is produced without chemicals and has very, very low bacterial growth. While shirts are an obvious use for TENCEL, it is being used in the linings of outerwear. It functions to take up moisture and keep the wearer dry. It is also very soft to the skin due to its moisture management and smooth fiber surface. Among the brands which will use TENCEL are Adidas, Columbia, Jack Wolfskin, Lafuma and Salewa.


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