These products are specially chosen by the PERFORMANCE FORUM JURY. The category is dedicated each event to a changing FOCUS TOPIC. The JURY consists of experts from fabric technology, sports design, independent experts from universities, textile consulting managers and purchasing departments from different brands.
Baselayer includes all fabrics which are suitable to be worn directly on the skin – mostly knits. They have good moisture transport, cooling or warming effects, and can have finishings like UV-protection, anti odor or quick dry. They are for use in sports underwear, base- or single-layer.
These textiles are intended for use between the outer- and base layers. They are used for warmth retention and include mainly fleece, spacer or other knitted fabrics. They can be brushed or bonded, but cannot be coated or laminated.
SOFTSHELL & OUTER MIDLAYER
These fabrics are worn as outer- or mid-layer as a softshells for example. They can be elastic and are mostly bonded knits or sometimes bonded woven. Windproof or wind-permeable, water repellent and sometimes even waterproof, the fabrics are mostly used for jackets or pants.
2.5 & 3Layer
This table shows fabrics used for the outer layer of the functional garment system. 2.5 & 3 layer fabrics are laminated, tapeable, waterproof, and breathable. These highly functional fabrics are used for jackets or pants.
These 2-layer fabrics are used for the outer layer of the functional garment system. They are woven and either laminated or coated. They can be elastic and must be breathable and waterproof for use in jackets and pants. The term “Lightweight” applies if the construction is under 100g/sqm.
LIGHTWEIGHT & DOWNPROOF
DOWNPROOF fabrics are for use with padding or down and for very low denier fibers. They are downproof by construction or ultralight coatings.
LIGHTWEIGHT fabrics are for highly aerobic activities. They are windproof, single layer fabrics, with or without a coating.
These fabrics can be used as the second or base layer.
They are mostly woven and can have either a light or heavy quality. They can be elastic but also have to have functional properties such as quick dry, water repellant or breathable. They are used in sport shirts for outdoor, hiking, climbing, biking, ski touring, fitness, and yoga.
PANTS & TIGHTS
These fabrics can be used as the second or base layer.
They are mostly woven and can have either a light or heavy quality. They can be elastic but also have to have functional properties such as quick dry, water repellant or breathable. They are used in sport pants & tights for outdoor, hiking, climbing, biking, ski touring, fitness, and yoga.
FUNCTION MEETS FASHION
This table shows fabrics used for sporty-casual wear or fancies. Most have fashionable prints, patterns or jacquards. Some are of natural fibers or with a natural look - they need less functional properties. They are perfect for shirts, pants, jackets, after sports and city sports collections.
SAFETY, HEALTH & DURABILITY
These fabrics are well-suited for garments exposed to harsh/extreme conditions. Possible functionalities are: flame retardant, cut resistant, high visibility, quick dry, UV-protection, antistatic, no pilling, no snagging, and odor control, etc.
They are ideal for professional wear for firemen, police, medical staff, lumberjacks, and construction workers.
All kind of products and fabrics used for bags, back-packs and other soft-goods. Woven or knit fabrics mostly with certain durability or tension resistance properties. Selected applications and Accessories which includes laces, tapes, zippers, eyelets, rivets, buckets, fastener, rubber parts or patches specialized for bags.
All kind of products and textiles used for shoes. Woven or knit fabrics with certain properties for that category. Selected applications and Accessories which includes laces, tapes, zippers, eyelets, rivets, rubber parts or patches specialized for shoes.
All reflective elements that support the idea of visibility and are not made of cloth. This includes items like labels, patches, piping, tapes, cords, zippers, and zipper pullers. The reflective elements can be cut out, tailored, pressed, or printed.
LABELS & PATCHES
All elements added to the fabric or clothing for the purpose of rounding out the design or to highlight information or the brand. In this category you find other logo elements, size or model distinctions, design elements, hang tags, and labels. The labels and patches can be made of various materials like leather, cork, cloth, synthetics, or silicon and can be either sewn or glued.
All print products for clothing, bags, and shoes – transfer printing with the feel of textiles or applied to textile surfaces. These are high quality, fine print transfer printing techniques or 3-D prints on fabric.
All elastic or non-elastic fabric tapes that in the context of manufacturing of textiles or accessories, are glued, bonded or sealed. Selected applications include: As a design element in sealing seams or in waistbands of snow guards or bike pants.
Small detail accessories on clothing, backpacks, bags, and shoes such as buttons, pressure snaps, strings, stoppers, zipper pullers, eyelets, rivets, and rubber strips. However, not for accessories that belong to one of the categories: zippers, tapes, labels, and transfers.
All kinds of zippers for use in clothing, bags, backpacks, or shoes. A most diverse range of materials can be used, all sorts and sizes of teeth and sliders. Offered with various advantages such as in waterproof designs, solutions for stretch fabrics, or even special designs like uneven zipper designs.
ADDITIONALS & GARMENTS
Various detailing solutions in textile processing and marketing. For example, special processing and printing techniques, special sewing methods, or even all sorts of packaging, like boxes, displays, or banderoles.
APPLICATIONS & LININGS
Products that cannot be used independently
and require a construction with carrier material, such as fabrics, padding materials, shock absorption, or trimmings. These also include textile workmanships that combine padding with bonding or padding with quilting, and the special production methods required for such material designs.
INSULATION & FIBERS
Fillers for clothing that allows climate management, i.e., warming or cooling properties. “Insulation + Fibers” indicates synthetic fibers, natural fibers, and blended fibers.