When we describe a product as sublimated, we are referring to a process by which dyes are applied to the fabric. The dye-sublimation printing process uses heat to transfer dye onto the fabric and because the dyes bond very well with polyester it is possible to print bright, well-defined images.
Logos, names and numbers can be printed onto the product at the same time, which means there is no additional cost for these customisations.
Browse our products that are sublimated.
- Team Football Shorts
- Halloween Rugby Shirts
- Christmas Rugby Shirts
- Kit Designer Professional Rugby Shirts
- Kit Designer Professional Football Shirts
- Kit Designer Cycling Jerseys
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Fleece is a modern hi-tech knitted fabric designed to provide insulation for very little weight. Fleeces dry quickly and are breathable.
How can I judge the quality of a fleece?
Good quality fleece has a plush, soft and silky handle and if you hold it up to the light you’ll see that light does not pass through it. Cheap fleece feels less plush, and it’s thinner.
Cheap fleece will also quickly ‘pill’ with washing (i.e. the fibres start to stick together and the surface becomes clumpy, ‘bobbly’ and not so soft feeling). To tell if a fleece will pill, look carefully at the surface of the fabric. Do the fibres lie along the surface, like felt, or do they stand up, away from the core of the fabric? Fibres in cheaper fleeces lie down and the fabric has a felt-like feel. With wear the fibres roll up together and pill.
Browse our items made of Fleece.
Peaching is a finishing process we use on the polycotton for our drill tops. After weaving, fabric is stretched while drying. This is when it takes on its stability. While drying the fabric is ‘peached’ by being brushed with abrasive rollers. These very gently break some of the small fibres on the outside of the fabric, or tease fibres out. If you could look at a peached fabric under a microscope it would look a bit hairy. It’s called peaching because it’s supposed to make the fabric feel like the fur on a peach. This process gives a fabric a nice, soft feel and makes it more comfortable to wear.
Our Iconic Training Shorts are designed using this fabric.
Windproof fabric is fabric that doesn’t let the wind through. They are very useful for keeping you warm. Even though they may be thin and not very warm on their own, windproofs keep in all the insulating air trapped by inner layers of clothes, which otherwise gets blown away. Fabrics are made windproof by weaving them very tightly, so that the gaps between the threads are too small for air to pass through at speed.Our range of Engage Shorts are all made of windproof material.
Products made with Taslan also have windproof properties.
Showerproof fabric is fabric that resists water. You could pour a glass of water over it and watch the liquid simply form beads and run off. However for a garment to be completely waterproof it must have its seams specially sealed on the inside and a protected zip, so that rain cannot get inside at all. This, of course adds to the cost of the item, so it’s not something to build in unless you need it to function in heavy rain. You won’t usually be wearing your training gear climbing mountains in torrential downpours, so we haven’t added these features. However, you should find they protect you against all but heavy rain, allowing you to keep training despite the British weather.
Browse our range of showerproof products:
Made-to-order – e.g. hand made by a tailor to your exact measurements, or, in this case, specially made to the exact colour combinations you want, so you can specify the colour of every single panel in the shirt.
Colour combinations available, e.g. if a shirt is available in red with white stripes, or black with blue stripes, that’s two colourways.
A measure of the thickness and weight of a fibre. Whatever 9000m of the fibre weighs, in grams, is its denier. So 9000m of one denier fibre weighs 1 gram.
is a high-tech knitted fabric that provides insulation while staying light. Fleeces dry quickly and are breathable.
is a term used in the textile industry to describe the way a fabric feels. For example, a ’soft handle’ means the fabric feels very soft to the touch. The handle comes from a combination of the properties of the yarn and sometimes special finishing processes used after the fabric has been knitted or woven.
Zigzag stitching along the edges of fabric to prevent fraying and bind the edges of the fabric together. Because of the zigzag shape of the stitches, the overlocking will hold however much the seam stretches, but if unprotected the seam itself will break.
Many of our products feature meshing, either as mesh panels on the sides of each garment or as a special mesh lining. Mesh helps let air circulate to increase ventilation so you can cool down and get rid of sweat more quickly.
The panels and lining are made of a knitted fabric so they give good stretch and freedom of movement. The knit is very open so air can circulate freely, cooling and carrying away moisture. They are also made from a wicking polyester fabric which helps to carry away moisture and is very quick drying.
Browse some of our products made using meshing and mesh panels, even some of our socks!
- Engage Socks
- Training Smocks
- Training Jackets
- Training Shorts
- Rugby Shirts
- Training Pants
Fabrics for rugby kit
Most of our range is made from forms of polyester or a polyester/cotton blend (referred to as polycotton). This is because polyester is tough and durable, easy to care for (e.g. it doesn’t crease) and has good natural wicking properties. Our polycotton blend is 65% polyester and 35% cotton.
Polyester has been around a while, but modern production methods let us create hi-tech fabrics out of it. Polyester fibres are very strong and resistant to abrasion (i.e. the fibres don’t break easily) and to stretching. We can happily tell you more than you ever wanted to know about polyester.
One of the great properties of polyester for sportswear is that it has fantastic wicking properties. This is mainly because it hardly absorbs any water. Instead water is carried along the fibre, away from the body and evaporates from the surface of the clothes. Polyester will only absorb 0.4% of its weight of water, compared to 4% for nylon and 7% for cotton (under normal atmospheric conditions). Polyester, of course, is also very quick-drying, but even when wet its strength is hardly affected.
Polyester is also a great easy care fabric. It is very resistant to creasing. This is because it has a high thermal stability – it has a very high melting temperature of 200ºC. The fabric is set in shape with high heat during manufacture and keeps its shape well once set, so it sheds accidental creases easily but retains deliberate pleats or moulding.
Polyester is also naturally stain resistant. This can be improved even further by adding a water-resistant, stain releasing finish to the polyester fibres, like the Nuva coating used in our showerproof fabric.