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Wicking Fabric

Wicking fabrics are modern technical fabrics which draw moisture away from the body. They are made of high-tech polyester, which, unlike cotton, absorbs very little water. Cotton will absorb 7% of its weight in water, polyester only 0.4%. Cotton will therefore hang onto your sweat, making your garment heavy and unpleasantly clammy. Wicking polyester has a special cross-section and a large surface area, which picks up moisture and carries it away from your body, spreading it out, to evaporate easily on the outside of the fabric. So you stay cool and dry.

Breathability

Some people will refer to wicking fabrics as being breathable – that is, they let air in and sweat out. Breathable showerproof and waterproof fabrics have tiny pores in the fabric, larger than water vapour molecules (so these can get out) but much smaller than drops of rain (so these can’t get in).

Serious Science

You’ll see a lot written on garment labels about wicking properties, but read what they are telling you and it often amounts to no more than ‘this fabric moves moisture away from your body’.

The two properties normally used to predict wicking performance in a fabric are capillary pressure and permeability.

Capillary pressure is the main force responsible for the movement of moisture along or through a fabric, where the force of the surface tension between the liquid and the walls of a narrow gap or pore overcome the forces between the molecules of the liquid, moving it into empty gaps until the forces even out. Permeability is the measure of a fabric’s ability to transport moisture through itself, and is determined by a combination of sizes of spaces within it and the connections between the spaces.

Other properties that certainly do effect the wicking properties of a fabric include yarn twist (how threads in the fabric turn around each other), contact angle (between the fibre and the liquid), knit or weave (the larger scale construction of the fabric), yarn roughness and a whole lot more.

Debbie Kosy July 14, 2015 0 tags (show)
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Shirts, jackets and tops sizes - Men's

Size Name Chest Measurement (inches)
Small 34” to 36”
Medium 38” to 40”
Large 42” to 44”
X-Large 46” to 48”
2X-Large 50” to 52”
3X-Large 54” to 56”

 

Shirts, jackets and tops sizes - Women's

Size Name Equivalent Size Chest Measurement (inches)
6 Youth 30” to 32”
8 Youth 32” to 33”
10 Small 33” to 34”
12 Small 34” to 36”
14 Medium 36” to 38”
16 Medium 38” to 40”
18 Large 40” to 42”
20 Large 42” to 44”

 Shirts, jackets and tops sizes - Children's

Size Name Chest Measurement (inches)
Small Boy 26” to 28”
Medium Boy 28” to 30”
Large Boy 30” to 32”
Youth 32” to 34”

 

Trousers and shorts sizes

Size Name Waist Measurement (inches)
Small Boy 24”
Medium Boy 24” to 26”
Large Boy 26” to 28”
Youth 28” to 30”
Small 30” to 32”
Medium 32” to 34”
Large 36” to 38”
X-Large 40” to 42”
2X-Large 44”
3X-Large 46”

 Sock sizes

Following your feedback, we have added to our sock range so that we now have three sizes available.

Size Name Description
Small Size 1-3
Medium Size 4-7
Large Size 7-11

What if I get the wrong size by accident?

If the items are not customised, if you wish to return an item for exchange, please contact us within seven days of receipt of item. Returned items must be accompanied by a copy of your paid invoice and be accompanied by original packaging. You should arrange for a return courier where possible. After we have established that the item is unused and undamaged, you will be refunded the entire sales price (excluding original cost of delivery) or provided with an exchange garment. All goods must be complete with original packaging. If you are in any doubt, please contact us.

About the measurements

The measurements in these charts refer to the size of the person, not the size of the garment. For example a small shirt is designed to fit a person of chest size 34" to 36".