NeoShell in the springtime

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4Transitioning into spring means lightweight NeoShell mainly.

Here are some photos of a local physician wearing it.  Although you see snow in the background, these photos show how perfect lightweight NeoShell is for fat tire biking.

 

 

Plus,  a Swiss friend who’s been bringing  great adventures (I took a few and I loved them) to visitors to Guatemala.   Yes, this is a lightweight NeoShell jacket and he’s been enjoying it for a couple of years now –  http://www.viaventure.com/archives/5494

NeoShell comes in different styles

back side of lightweight NeoShell
back side of lightweight NeoShell

NeoShell is made in 3 basic styles.

Although many jackets made today use the lightweight style – the inner is a simple nylon tricot making for a fabric 1mm thick – there is a middle weight and a heavyweight also.

Here you’ll see the inside of them. The middle is about 1.5mm thick and can be either a velour fleece inside or a grid pattern of fleece (and this fabric is the stretchiest of all of the styles).

The heavyweight version of NeoShell has a higher loft grid fleece inside and is about 2.5mm thick.

back side of midweight NeoShell velour inner
back side of midweight NeoShell velour inner
back side of midweight NeoShell grid inner
back side of midweight NeoShell grid inner
back side of heavyweight NeoShell
back side of heavyweight NeoShell

Basic washing instructions

General care for all Polartec® Fabrics 

Keeping your Polartec® fabrics looking new and performing better.
Polartec® fabrics are known for their easy care and lasting durability. Most Polartec® fabric can be washed in warm water and tumbled dry on low and in most cases this will deliver the best post-wash feel and performance.

However, every single Polartec® fabric can be machine washed cold and line dried and a few of our fabrics require it. This approach is the most gentle for the fabric and is also the most energy-efficient. One of the greatest environmental impacts of our clothing is washing and drying over the life of the garment. Using cold water and line drying saves a large amount of energy. And most Polartec® fabrics are stain-resistant (requiring less laundering) and dry extremely quickly on their own.

A few general tips:

•    At Polartec®, we don’t always know what trim or special features clothing companies may have applied to the finished garment. So please refer to the care instructions on the garment in addition to our general suggestions.
•    Front-loading washers are preferred if possible. They are gentler on our fabrics and use less water generally than top-loading agitation-style machines.
•    Turning a fleece garment inside out prior to wash can help preserve its appearance.
•    Detergents and machine-washing in general gradually degrade the Durable Water Repellent (DWR) treatment on fabrics. To get the best performance, run an extra rinse cycle, and tumble dry low if garment care instructions allow.
•    Some fabric treatments like Polartec® Power Care™ DWR require warm water and some time in the dryer to be activated. Follow the specific instructions on the bottle when using a fabric treatment product.

General care for Next-to-Skin Fabrics – Polartec® Power Dry® and Polartec® Power Stretch®:

•    100% polyester: Machine wash warm (105F, 40C), tumble dry low.
•    Blends of polyester, nylon, polypropylene, wool, and/or spandex, or where garment care instructions indicate: Cold wash (85F, 30C), line dry.

Next-to-Skin fabrics Polartec® Power Dry® and Polartec® Power Stretch® rely upon mechanical wicking to pull moisture away from the skin. Using too much detergent in the wash cycle or fabric softener in the dry cycle can inhibit the wicking action. Be sure to use light detergent (Polartec® Power Care™ Base Layer Wash) that rinses completely clean and avoid fabric softeners for these fabrics.

Insulation Fabrics: Polarfleece®, Polartec® Classic, Polartec® Thermal Pro®, and Polartec® Wind Pro®. As a general rule, most fabrics in these series can be machine washed warm (105F, 40C), tumble dry low.

Blends of polyester, nylon, polypropylene, and/or spandex, or where garment care instructions indicate: Cold wash (85F, 30C), line dry.

However, consider reducing environmental impact with a cold wash and line dry on all these fabrics. (Note: A few minutes in a dryer on low can improve the softness/fluffiness of the fabric.) Use a clean-rinsing detergent (Polartec® Power Care™ Outerwear Cleaner™). Fabric softener can be used to reduce static cling, but this will also reduce the effectiveness of the Durable Water Repellency (DWR) treatment. If you would like to increase the DWR, we recommend Polartec® Power Care™ DWR to renew the water repellency.

General care for Weather Protection Fabrics (laminates) – Most Polartec® Windbloc® and Polartec® Power Shield fabrics are laminates. When washing is necessary, we recommend using a front-loading washer, cold wash (85F,30C), and a light detergent like Polartec® Power Care™ Outerwear. Refer to garment care labels for drying instructions. When possible, tumble dry low is specified to improve DWR performance. In some instances, however, line dry is required. Remember, line drying is always an energy-saving and safe alternative to dryer use.

Things African

Ama selling 1Gwen in Ama dress 3Lou here…..

Just wanted to let you all know that my wife makes clothing with African fabric.   These aren’t technical fabrics like those featured in Foxwear’s clothing – they’re 100% cotton, beautifully colorful and have lovely patterns.

please contact us if you think you’d like to have clothing made with these fabrics. As always, you get custom sizing absolutely free.

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Custom Sized Sports Clothing by Lou Binik | Salmon, ID | (877) 756-3699