Apart from yarn selection and fabric construction, we achieve sun protection by treating garments with UV absorbing colorless dyes. Further, photoprotective laundry additives, recommended by The Skin Cancer Foundation, are added that enhance the fabrics UPF. 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. The highest UPF rating a garment can be assigned is 50+, a piece in this range is determined as providing “excellent” protection from UV radiation. All our garments conform to the Australian and New Zealand Standard for the evaluation and classification of sun protective clothing - AS/NZ 4399, which is considered the benchmark of the industry.
Our trademark odor control treatment permanently protects your garments from smelling bad. Sweat itself is odorless, but it creates the conditions that bacteria needs to multiply. Athletic apparels make perfect mediums for bacterial growth; they are damp and warm. Bacteria thrive in such an environment and when they reproduce and colonize, they create metabolic by-products. All our fabrics are treated with a silver nano-particle weave. Silver binds to thiol groups and inactivate certain enzymes by altering bond types within cell membranes. Changes in bonds eventually alter their function, destroying microbes. Silver also alters the actual DNA of microbial organisms by altering bonding between the two strands of DNA.
Since it is active only on the fabric surface it does not interfere with perspiration. Clothing and other textile-based, treated products are safe to use on the skin. The treatment has been tested for skin irritation using solution levels that were 100 times greater than the levels that are applied to the fabric. The results show negligible contact sensitivity and there was no additional skin irritation caused by the treatment to the fabric. The odor control treatment also prolongs the useful lifetime of garments because bacteria and washing both break down fibers and eventually wear out the product.