Fabric Technology - Markelle

MERINO WOOL

Merino Wool is a type of material that comes from the Merino Sheep and is renowned for its exceptional properties. Among these properties are its fantastic softness, shine and breathability.

The fibres of Merino wool are softer, finer and more sensitive than many other fabrics. Common wool types are warm, durable, water repellent and naturally insulating, when adding the additional exceptional qualities of the Merino sheep you have the recipe for a world leading wool. This high quality has made it not only made Merino wool highly praised but also highly sought after.

In the dress-goods and knitting trades, the term ‘Merino’ implies an article made from the very best soft wool. Extrafine Merino is a super premium wool used in the highest quality knits.

PROPERTIES AND QUALITIES

Merino wool is a good insulator as well as being excellent at regulating body temperature, providing warmth without overheating the wearer and drawing moisture away from the skin and has a cooling effect when it’s hot. The fabric is also slightly moisture repellent allowing the user to avoid the feeling of wetness. Merino wool naturally resists flames and has hypoallergenic properties making it an ideal choice for those with allergies or sensitive skin. Due to its natural elasticity, Merino wool can be stretched without it losing its shape. Merino wool fibers absorb harmful radiation and protect against UVA and UVB rays.

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Schoeller®

Complex, natural, functional fiber is naturally and not itchy, antibacterial and odor-resistant, ideally regulates temperature, warm even when wet, antiallergic and UV-resistant. Processed without clorine using the EXP4.0 technology for easy washing in the washing machine.

Austrian company Schoeller Textil AG is a textile manufacturer based in Switzerland, specializing in the sustainable development and production of innovative fabrics and textile technologies, which are the world leader in niche markets. The roots of the company date back to 1868.

All yarns are produced with the utmost emphasis on the durability and functional properties and with respect to the environment, which documents the highest standard of environmental friendliness and safety BLUESIGN. Premium yarn used for our production guarantee highest quality of final knitted material.

Complex, natural, functional fiber is naturally and not itchy, antibacterial and odor-resistant, ideally regulates temperature, warm even when wet, antiallergic and UV-resistant. Processed without clorine using the EXP4.0 technology for easy washing in the washing machine.

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GORE-TEX®

GORE-TEX® products are durably waterproof and windproof combined with optimized breathability.

At the heart of the GORE-TEX® fabric is an extremely thin membrane that’s durably waterproof, windproof, and breathable. It has over 9 billion pores per square inch. The microscopic pores on the membrane are 20,000 times smaller than a water droplet, which means water droplets can’t pass through. The pores are 700 times larger than a water vapor molecule which means perspiration passes right through. This is what makes the membrane breathable. The volume of air that passes through one square meter of fabric in one second (l/m²sec) is 5.0 or less, creating a truly windproof membrane.

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GORE-TEX SURROUND

GORE-TEX shoes engineered with SURROUND® product technology offer 360 degree climate comfort for your feet. They are highly breathable all-around without compromising on durable waterproof protection. Your feet stay dry and comfortable even at warmer conditions.

Construction with Open Sole

Shoes made with this construction can be easily recognized by their large vertical sole openings that allow excess heat and moisture to escape. At the same time a special GORE-TEX laminate that surrounds your feet prevents water penetration from outside. A protection layer, made from an extremely resistant fleece, protects your feet and the GORE-TEX laminate from stones or sharp objects.

Construction with Side Sole Openings

With this construction, the openings are positioned at the side of the sole. Moisture and warmth are not only conducted via the upper of the shoe, but also downwards through the GORE-TEX laminate into a ventilation grid. From there they can escape through large side sole openings. Your feet stay cool, dry and comfortable even at higher temperatures.

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GORE® WINDSTOPPER®

The totally windproof, yet extremely breathable membrane blocks the wind and allows vapor to escape. Comfortable in various conditions and activities.

This combination of protection and breathability minimizes the wind’s chilling effect while reducing the risk of overheating when you are active. A durable outer fabric treatment provides you additional protection of water repellency.

The GORE® WINDSTOPPER™ membrane is an ultra thin protective layer which is laminated to a lightweight textile layer, making it totally windproof. It is made of the versatile polymer PTFE (polytetrafluorethylene) which is expanded to create a microporous structure. These microspores are 900 times larger than water vapor molecules, allowing perspiration to pass through unhindered. This means that the GORE® WINDSTOPPER™ membrane adds total windproofness to any textile without perceivably restricting its initial breathability or weight.

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Tecnopile®

The highest quality from selected polyester fibers.

TECNOPILE® fleece is the product of the highest quality from Italian manufacture Pontetorto. The fleece is made from selected polyester fibers. Its properties are: antipilling, high thermal insulation, optimal breathability, elasticity and lightness, non-irritation and super softness, easy maintenance. Products made from Tecnopile have a wide range of uses in sports, outdoors and fashion.

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Tecnostretch®

TECNOSTRETCH® is a soft and very light elastic material suitable for active sport.

The fiber bonding forms a durable outer side, while the internal polyester side has excellent thermal insulation properties and excellent sweat absorption capability. The combination of polyester and elastane is an original solution for many kind of use.

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Tecnowool®

Tecnowool is the product of the Italian company Pontetorto, combining the best features of the exceptional natural Merino wool material with functional properties of synthetic materials.

Thanks to this combination of materials, it ideally wick the moisture away from the skin, is very durable, abrasion resistant, ideally breathable and UV-resistant. Athletes who use this material will stay dry and ideally thermo regulated even if the material gets wet. Tecnowool is an environmentally friendly product. Made from Merino wool and chlorine free.

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Thermolite®

Thermolite® belongs to the category of insulating and moisture transport materials.

The excellence comes from the merging of these two functions. Through aerated hollow fibers it provides one of the highest levels of thermal insulation. Thanks to its fiber profile, it efficiently and quickly transports sweat from the skin that is otherwise most involved in cooling the body.

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Polycolon®

Polycolon® is a hydrophobic fiber  which does not absorb moisture, away from skin.

It has very good thermal properties and is 40% lighter than cotton. Polycolon® repels dirt. It is especially suitable for active athletes, but thanks to non-irritation and hi comfort of wearing also for both adults and children for everyday use.

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Climayarn®

Climayarn is a mixed yarn of 60% Merino wool b and 40% polypropylene. 

With this composition, the main advantages of the Climayarn are: Efficient thermal insulation Ability to wick sweat and store it until evaporation time Light weight Fast drying Machine washable It is particularly advantageous to use this yarn for winter sports sweaters and socks. Powerful warm and sweat wicking properties are a must and today standard in sport apparel. However, the substantial advantage of the Climayarn yarn over other solutions is the ability of the wool to deposit the sweat until it evaporates in its fibers and still provide warmth. This feature is especially important for a sweater under a winter jacket or for a sock in a closed winter boot.

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Teflon®

TEFLON® Fabric Protector provides to the fiber effective water, oil and dirt repellency.

The repellent is attached directly to the fiber therefore does not limit the fabric permeability.

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BLUESIGN®

This certification guarantees the highest possible exclusion of damaging substances as well as ensuring the highest quality and functionality.

Bluesign is a sign that the worldwide strict EHS criteria (consumer protection, water emissions, air emissions, industrial health and safety, resource efficiency) are being kept to. The bluesign® approved fabric label designates textiles that were produced in compliance with especially high environmental standards. It guarantees maximum freedom from harmful substances, highest quality and functionality. The label is a sign that follows the most stringent EHS-criteria (consumer safety, water emission, air emission, occupational health and safety, resource productivity) worldwide.

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EXP

EXP stands for “EX-Pollution”, or the avoidance of pollutants during the anti-felting treatment process. EXP is a revolutionary new process from the Schoeller Spinning Group that enables the wool to remain machine-washable without the use of chlorine.

Schoeller has set a benchmark with this innovation and once again proven its commitment to ecological sustainability. Schoeller’s newly developed EXP wool treatment process meets the highest standards. The chlorine-free process uses less resources than conventional processes and is carried out reliably at the company’s European manufacturing site, meaning it is a truly all-round sustainable innovation. EXP is the first wool finishing process in the world to meet the strict criteria of the “bluesign®” and “Global Organic Textile (G.O.T.S)” standards, and it also conforms with the “Öko-Tex standard”.

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BOA

The Boa® Fit System. is quickly adjustable and you are guaranteed a carefree hike or walk without laces untangling.

Features

The pressure applied with Boa® is even and gives high comfort. In high activity, we know that feet have a tendency to expand so you can release pressure instantly or adjust the laces to an individual fit. Of course, the laces do not untie. Enjoy these benefits:

  • Glove-like fit
  • Micro-adjustability
  • On-the-fly tuning
  • Light weight
  • Durable
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UGC

UGC® is Viking’s unique sole technology. Designed and developed to provide   perfect adhesion to rough ground and wet and slippery surfaces.

Features

UGC® provides these unique features:

  • Viking’s rubber mixture with a softness of 60 Shore for maximum grip and durability.
  • Asymmetrical lug pattern that also provides good drainage.
  • Lugs placed in different directions provide grip, traction and braking power at all conceivable angles and in all types of terrain.
  • A recessed torsion bar for extra grip when this part of the sole impacts against rocks, roots and slippery surfaces.
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PRIMALOFT

The synthetic insulation material PrimaLoft® Gold provides excellent insulation in relation to its weight and thickness.

The patented microfiber structure captures body warmth, creating synthetic insulation which is highly heat-efficient. This fabric is also water repellent and keeps you nicely warm, even when it gets wet – it retains 96 % of its warmth when wet. In addition to its warming properties and soft feel, the insulation has great wicking properties and is compressible. The insulation is bluesign® approved.
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Polartec® Thermal Pro®

Polartec® Thermal Pro® was developed to bring a wider variety of styles and performance functionality to synthetic fleece technologies.

Polartec® Thermal Pro materials are great styling options for diverse activities distictive and everyday use.

main properties:

  • surface textures
  • Warmth without weight
  • Highly breathable
  • Fast drying
  • Durable
  • Easy care – washing washable
  • Available in multiple styles for versative use
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SoftShell

Soft and stretching Soft Shell ensures total windproofness and excellent breathability. You need less clothing layers, as the Soft Shell ensure you a warm and comfortable feeling and stretches as you move.

Material consisting of 3 layers: The outer layer is neoprene-based with the addition of elastin; the exterior is made of micro-fleece with a technical layer in between. This fabric is characteristic of its heat, it is waterproof, breathable and windproof.
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BIONIC-FINISH®ECO

BIONIC-FINISH®ECO will open up new perspectives to the clothing sector. With BIONIC-FINISH®ECO the company of Rudholm Group have succeeded in developing water repellant finishes that do NOT release flourorganic compounds. In the field of hydrophobic finishing, this is a specifically developed ecological alternative to marketable flourcarbon products.

EFFECTIVE IMPLEMENTATION OF NATURAL FUNCTIONS

Why do the feathers of birds not become wet? Why does this type of water repellency in nature work without perfluorinated compounds?

The RUDOLF GROUP has answered these questions by means of the scientific branch Bionic. Bionic does not mean to just imitate nature, but to realise its functional principles and to transfer them to technical solutions. Thus, novel, sustainable and ecologically advantageous technologies for imparting hydrophobic properties have been developed.

Hydrophobic finishing with BIONIC-FINISH® ECO is based on a fluorine-free recipe. Hyperbranched, hydrophobic polymers with ramified structures like in tree tops orientate in an orderly manner on the textile and crystallise on specifically adusted comb polymers. The optimum arrangement of many of these functional elements is highly effective. Additional boosters (crosslinking agents) ensure the optimum attachment and durability on many fibre substrates

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YKK

The YKK Group is a Japanese group of manufacturing companies. As the world’s largest zipper manufacturer, YKK Group is most known for making zippers.

The YKK Fastening Products Group is trusted world-wide for their impeccable production standards and thorough quality control processes for zippers, hook & loop fasteners, plastic hardware and snap & button products.

YKK manufactures and markets a wide range of zippers, with a primary focus on three types: metal, coil, and VISLON®. The metal zipper has the longest history and is suited for various applications such as jackets, luggage, jeans and others. A coil zipper is made of spiral plastic elements, including polyester and nylon. This is the softest zipper among the three types of zippers. The VISLON® zipper is made of injection molded plastic elements. Rich element color variations are created by formulating the color pigment during the injection process.

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UPF

The highest UPF rating a garment can be assigned. A piece in this range is determined as providing “excellent” protection from UV radiation.

The UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) is a numerical rating given to clothing to indicate how effectively the fabric blocks ultraviolet (UV) radiation. A UPF rating of 25 means that only 1/25th (or 4%) of the UV radiation can penetrate the fabric. Unlike SPF, which only expresses a sunscreens protective value in terms of limited wavelengths of light, UPF applies to a range of broad spectrum UVA and UVB radiation.

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UPF 50+

Fabric has been tested & certified for maximum UV protection

Lightweight

All day comfort in all weather

Organic Cotton

Breathable sueded Organic Cotton

Ventilation

Mesh incorporated into the crown allow for cooling & comfort

Water Repellent

Fabric is treated to protect from rain and/or snow

Secret Pocket

Hidden in the crown & great for stowing away valuables

BUOYANT

Foam in crown and/or brim keeps hat afloat

Anti-glare

A dark underbrim helps reduce glare from sun

C_CHANGE

C_CHANGE membrane from Shoeller offers temperature controlled comfort as well as being windproof & waterproof

Visibility

Reflective yarns in the wind cords to increase visibility at dusk & dawn

Wind Resistant

Wind stability through an extra stiff front brim & plastic wiring around the whole brim

Cotton Duck

Mildew resistant Cotton Duck

HYDROFIL

Hydrofil sweat & to wick moisture away