Re: wicking material for pajamas
- From: "Max Penn" <M_Penn@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 29 Jan 2006 08:34:34 -0800
"Seeker" <seeker@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
> On Tue, 24 Jan 2006 12:39:58 -0800, "small change"
> <pennys@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >gjones2938@xxxxxxxxx wrote:
> >> Dear Sara,
> >> I may be somewhat out of date on this, but the best wicking fabric
> >> also happens to be a synthetic. The generic name is olefin, made
> >> from a parafin base, so its melting temperature is very low.
> >> I was asked some years ago to test olefin fabrics for Daymart. It had
> >> planned to offer thermal underwear made of this fabric. Because it
> >> has to be laundered by hand, and in long underwear, would be a real
> >> pain to maintain, I advised Daymart to think of other uses for it. I
> >> couldn't see a public taking time to maintain anything that needed
> >> this kind of special care. But the fabric really was warm and wicked
> >> well. I think it's still used for profession winter athletes' cuffs,
> >> necklines and hoods.
> >> Teri
> >Teri, no offense but I do think you are a bit out of date. All the
> >coolest most high tech" wicking fabrics such as Maldens' Powerdry and
> >Patagonia's Capilene are highly engineered polyesters, and not olefins.
> >Olefins, also called polypropelenes were highly touted in the 80's as the
> >new wonder wicking fabric but the big drawbacks are major odor retention
> >and a harsh hand as the fabric ages. The newest generation of polyesters
> >are soft and comfortable, and do not retain odor to the degree that
> >polypropelenes and olefins do. Plus many of the Malden fabrics are
> >available to the home sewist.
> >the fabriclink tech site is an excellent reference for technical fabrics
> >love this site. You can look things up by fiber, fabric, brand name or
> > http://fabriclink.com/pk/x-genindex.html
> >you can see there is very little listed in the olefin/polyolefin category
> >comparted to the polyesters
> >powerdry http://fabriclink.com/pk/powerdry/home.html
> >from the Patagonia site on Capilene. Capiline is Patagonia's proprietary
> >engineered wicking polyester, very representative of the new generation
> >base layer fabric. Plus, you can find capilene at OWF and RCT if you hit
> >right. "Capilene products are comprised of polyester fibers. Untreated
> >polyester is hydrophobic or water repellent. But the surface or skin of
> >Capilene polyester fibers has been chemically altered to make them
> >hydrophilic. This fine skin on each strand of polyester attracts moisture
> >away from the body, while the inner untreated core repels it. Moisture
> >lifts, spreads and disperses, evaporating into either the air or outer
> >layers. This process is chemically bonded to the fabric and will not wear
> >wash out (we recommend avoiding fabric softeners)."
> >~Penny S
> Great links. Thanks! The powder dry site says it can be used for
> shirts. Never thought of that before. Is it woven or a knit?
> Sounds like good stuff to make into some summer blouses for doing
> heavy, sweaty work in the garden. I've used wicking underwear for
> cross-country skiing, the one sport I like because it's the best time
> of year to get into a sweat. I hate sweating. And Pennsylvania summers
> provide many humid opportunities. It almost makes me move back to
> Wyoming. Yes, a powder dry shirt sounds very good.
If memory serves me, Pennsylvania has a Wyoming of its own. :-)
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