Staying Dry is the Key with Today’s High-Tech Fabrics

Layer To Stay Dryer


We already know that layering clothing is the best way to stay warm in cold weather, right? And with advances in fabric technology over the last 10 to 15 years, today’s cold weather warriors can now utilize all layers to help keep skin dry – even with flame-resistant workwear.

Remember, effective layering means starting with a base layer that wicks (pulls) moisture away from the body, a middle layer that insulates and an outer layer that keeps out the wind and water. Until recently, silk and wool were considered the best moisture-wicking fabrics. And they are still good choices, especially for those who prefer natural fibers. But moisture-wicking technology has improved dramatically with innovative new synthetic fabrics and blends.

First, manufacturers have developed new fabrics of fibers that are actually formed into shapes designed to more effectively wick moisture. For example, CoolMax fibers are not round, but oblong with grooves that run along the threads. They are woven in a pattern that increases evaporation by wicking moisture to a larger surface. And CoolMax is just one of a large array of new high-tech fabrics specifically created to wick moisture and dry quickly. Look for names such as Tencel, Polar Tec, Olefin, Polypropylene, and dri-Release in your favorite brands – they are all created specifically to dry fast and wick moisture.
Manufacturers have also found ways to use these new fabric technologies in all three clothing layers. So while the base layer was previously the only layer that really helped wick moisture, today’s insulating middle layer and outer protective layer can also pull moisture away from the body, while providing insulation and providing protection against wind, snow, and rain. Even water-resistant outer garments are available in breathable fabrics. And when non-breathable fabrics, such as PVC rain gear is required, manufacturers are adding innovative venting technologies such underarm zippers to help regulate temperature.
Today, workers who need flame resistance and need to layer up to battle the elements are no longer limited in their work wear choices to insulated coveralls and overcoats that may restrict movement and retain body moisture. With today’s innovative fabric technology, workers can find flame-resistant, moisture wicking, fast-drying fabrics in socks, underwear, shirts, vests, trousers, gloves, hats, coats, and even boots and shoes. For all your flame-resistant workwear and layering needs visit today!