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F5 fabrics produce a simultaneous combination of high, balanced stretch and high, balanced power which is highly unusual in the world of stretch fabrics.
The graphs to the right are based on the latest rounds of tests comparing F5, our certified fabric, with the 5 leading competitors. All tests were conducted at the University of North Carolina.
Standard powernet fabrics not only cannot achieve the individual levels of F5 stretch and compression but also cannot achieve the power-stretch balance combinations seen in F5 fabrics. Because of the core nature of their construction and component parts, powernets will provide either high compression-low stretch or low compression-high stretch but never high compression-high stretch like F5 fabrics. Additionally, powernets, by the nature of their design, cannot provide balanced stretch and compressions in the length(warp) and width(weft) directions.
Kawabata Testing Machine 1a used to test elasticity and compression
F5 fabrics are made using premium yarns such as Invista Lycra Soft® spandex and Tactel® MultiSoft nylon.
The graph to the right are based on the latest rounds of tests comparing F5 our certified fabric with the 5 leading competitors. All tests were conducted at the University of North Carolina.
Expensive finishing treatments are also applied to F5 fabrics to improve their hand meaning how they feel when you touch them. Standard powernet fabrics made of cheaper raw materials and less expensive manufacturing techniques cannot achieve the softness of F5 fabrics.
F5 fabrics are the longest-lasting stretch fabric available today. The patent-pending knitting design (2005) locks the premium yarns - Invista Lycra Soft spandex and Tactel MultiSoft nylon - together so that even under extended wear and washing, the fabric remains intact and continues to perform to standard.
The graph to the right is based on the latest rounds of tests comparing F5 our certified fabric with the 5 leading competitors. All tests were conducted at the University of North Carolina.
Powernet fabrics made of a 1960’s knit design just do not hold up under today’s garment demands. Proven in rigorous laboratory flex-testing, F5 fabric not only outlasts powernet (tested for the standard 20,000 flexes) but even remains physically unchanged after an amazing 60,000 flexes.
F5 fabrics are specially designed to provide not only superior moisture management, but also to enhance the wearer's comfort. The specially-engineered Coolmax fibers used in F5 fabrics provide enhanced breathability (called "air permeability" by the techies) that differentiate F5 from standard powernet fabrics, which use standard fibers.
Air permeability is just one of our key performance tests that fabrics must pass before they can be sold as "F5". And, remember, that all of the benefits of Coolmax®-certified F5 fabrics are permanently built right into the fiber, requiring no chemical treatments like those other wicking powernet fabrics.
F5 is the only compression garment fabric with permanent anti-microbial finish. F5 antimicrobial protection is built-in to products during manufacturing to provide continuous antimicrobial product protection for the useful life of the fabric.
This protection fights the growth of odor-causing bacteria, mold and mildew to keep fabrics cleaner and fresher for as long as you wear your garment giving peace of mind that lasts.
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