What are stretch fabrics and where are they used?
Stretch fabrics are used whenever freedom of movement and comfort are particularly important. They are used in all clothing layers, for example in shirts worn directly on the skin (first layer), as warming mid-layer (second layer) or as top layer in outdoor trousers, jackets and waistcoats, as well as in accessories.
What are stretch fabrics made from and how do they work?
Stretch fabrics can be made from natural fibres (like cotton or wool) or synthetic fibres (like polyester, polyamide or viscose) and always have a certain percentage of elastane added. This highly elastic fibre makes the fabric very stretchy and yet helps retain its shape and ensures that clothing made from stretch fabric clings to the body optimally to enable a full range of motion.
What types of stretch fabrics are there?
Generally, we differentiate between:
- Two-way stretch, which works in two directions
- Four-way stretch, which works in four directions and can accompany any movements, whether it’s during sports or leisure, without restrictions – for the best performance possible and particularly high wearability and comfort.
What are the advantages of stretch fabrics?
High-end stretch fabrics are light, soft, highly breathable, moisture-wicking and fast-drying. They allow an optimal air exchange and effectively transport sweat away from the body, where it can evaporate. Even during intense physical activity, you’ll always feel comfy and dry, without cooling down.
Where else are stretch fabrics used?
According to body mapping principles, selected jackets, trousers and waistcoats in the Martini Sportswear collection are fitted with strategically placed stretch panels, for example around the knees and the seat, on the back or under the arms, to keep these places extra-flexible and breathable.
Are stretch fabrics waterproof?
Some stretch fabrics are equipped with an additional PFC-free DWR (Durable Water Repellent) impregnation on the outside, making them water- and dirt-repellent, so rain drops bead up and snow does not stick.