Next-to-skin fabrics for technical underwear, with pre-shaping, support, thermal or moisture management performance. Softness, comfort, anti-bacterial or eco-friendly properties are added values.
Fleece fabrics, lightweight protective fabrics performance linings, stretch or non-stretch; usable for thermal characteristics. Natural fibers from wool and cotton to eco-friendly and sustainable fibers, including cellulosic.
Lightweight but ultra-resistant woven fabrics, coated or not, and technical membranes. Stretch, waterproof, windproof, multi-layer for ultimate protection against the elements.
MEMBRANES & COATING
Technical membranes, stretch, waterproof, windproof with two- or three-layer for ultimate protection against the elements. Reflective, UV-resistant, windproof and waterproof.
Fabrics range from ubiquitous denim with new performance levels to lighter functional fabrics and finishes with a fashionable edge that meets the demand of today’s urban offering for second and outer layers.
Fashion meets function, UV protection in yarn or finish, high resistant spandex – salt, sand and sun lotion resistant, graphic transfers. Fade resistant nishes and prints. DWR lightweight shells and lyocell blends for a fluid shape.
Performance products for tents, backpacks, sleeping bags, shoes, etc. Lightweight, durable, abrasion-resistant, UV-protecting, waterproof, etc. are required benefits.
FIBERS & INSULATIONS
Traditional feather down, hollow and cross-section man-made or natural fibers with enhanced benefits for activewear.
Films and tapes for sewn and heat-welded applications. Technical ribbons and cords Stretch, reflective, waterproof is a plus.
Innovative zippers, buckles, buttons, labels, etc. New eco-friendly developments, watertight, windproof performance. Low weight and durability are added values.
Across some categories (Base Layer, Second Layer, Outer Layer, Soft Equipment, Street Sports and Membranes & Coating) we will honor products with outstanding achievements in terms of sustainability and products that stand out for their finishes.
During the application process participants can choose whether they want to be part of one of these special evaluations. At the jury meeting the jury will decide which products qualify for Accelerated Eco / Performing Finishes and move these products to the respective category. Products that do not qualify for the Cross Categories will be evaluated within the category they have originally been entered for.
Recycled synthetics and innovative performance yarns that require reduced heat for settability, heightened efficiency in terms of water and energy savings, a reduction of waste and reduced processes through the textile chain. Not only recycled yarn as such, but more on conventional yarn for long-lasting products, dope-dyed yarns for water and energy saving, efficiency on low heat settability or biodegradable yarns, natural dyes etc.
Products that are using anti-odor, anti-bacterial or protective finishes for well-being and personal protection – Far Infra-red – chromatic change coating – reflective finishes – smart finishes etc.