Activewear Product Features Guideline - Barefoot Athleisure
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Activewear Product Features

Activewear Product Features Guideline

Along with the technical fabrics associated with active products, many technical features are applied.  You’re probably familiar with most of them, maybe some are new to you.  I wanted to break down the most frequently used terms when referring to activewear function.

Antimicrobial
Fabric treatment that reduces the growth of bacteria and fungus, preventing excessive odor buildup between washings.

Breathable Mesh
Panels and insets that increase comfort and ventilation by allowing excess heat to escape from the garment.

Compression Fabric
Performance-enhancing fabric with a tight fit that provides muscle support and fatigue reduction.

Flat Lock Seams
Sewing technique that creates a perfectly flat seam to reduce chafing and increase seam strength.

Four-Way Stretch
Knit or woven fabric offering multidirectional stretch in a wide range of motion.

Gusset
A diamond-shaped patch sewn into a garment’s crotch, designed to increase breathability and improve comfort.

Hidden Waistband Pocket
A small, concealed pocket perfect for cash or keys.

Moisture Wicking
Performance fabric trait that improves comfort by drawing sweat away from the body and transferring it to the fabric’s outer surface, where it can evaporate.

Reflectivity
A garment that includes light-reflecting trim to enhance visibility and safety at night or in low light.

Removable Cups
Soft padded inserts that add shape or can be removed for comfort or extra room.

Seamless
Garments constructed without sewn seams to reduce irritation during vigorous activities and improve overall comfort against the skin.

Seam-Sealed
Leakproof treatment that uses either seam tape or seam-sealing glue applied over stitching to keep out external water sources.

Thumbholes
Slits in cuffs that prevent sleeves from riding up. Also can be used as a half-mitten to keep hands warm while freeing fingers for touchscreen and other devices.

Two-Way Zipper
Zipper construction that opens from both the top and bottom, offering versatile styling and comfort suitable for a wide range of activities.

UPF
Ultraviolet protection factor. A measure of a garment’s ability to protect skin from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays.

Waterproof
Garment made with performance fabric and sealed seams, rendering it completely impenetrable by external water sources.

Water-Resistant
Garment constructed to repel moderate exposure to external water sources.

Zipper Garage
Feature of construction designed to prevent zipper from rubbing and chafing the neck and chin.

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