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Friday, November 20, 2015

Pertex Abrasion-Resistant Fabric CS10 Technology

The concept of the fabric that became Pertex was an idea of Hamish Hamilton, who some 30 years ago discovered that moisture would move along the microscopic capillaries within a woven fabric, spreading over a larger surface where it quickly dried.

The Pertex brand was born and, with it, garments such as the Buffalo Double-P system that was the forerunner to what we now know as ‘soft-shell’.  Hamish claimed that the (Double-P) Pertex / pile system would protect against 1/2” / hr rain fall and up to 50 mph winds.

It was in the mid 1980’s that Rab Carrington began to use Pertex for the shell of his down clothing and sleeping bags, replacing the much heavier fabrics that were used at the time.  The world soon discovered that Pertex was not only lighter, but it dried more quickly, was softer, allowing the down to loft to its maximum and was comfortable against the skin.  It was these attributes that led Pertex to become the recognized leader in high performance fabric technology.

Fast forward to now, and Pertex is also making strides in regard to fabric that is abrasion-resistant.  Outdoor industry clothing brands will premiere a new CS10 technology from Pertex for Fall 2016.  Fabrics with CS10 technology are said to have more than twice the abrasion resistance of fabrics made with traditional circular filimant yarns.

Their heritage of staying true to their British roots for over thirty years has led them on a path of continuous innovation to deliver the best end-use focused fabrics in the business. It is because of this dedication to innovation and excellence that the Pertex brand is now partnered with the most prestigious brands in the outdoor industry.

Below are a few of the other fabric selections they market:

Based on the original Pertex fabric, Pertex Classic remains the benchmark for durable yet lightweight shell fabrics.  It provides excellent weather protection with a highly water repellent finish and windproof construction.

Pertex Microlight is well balanced, providing lightweight weather protection whilst remaining durable and abrasion resistant. Its softness allows down and synthetic insulation to fully loft.

Pertex Quantum uses incredibly fine yarns, precisely woven to provide a very lightweight yet strong and durable fabric. Its softness allows down and synthetic insulation to fully loft.

The degree by which a fabric is able to withstand loss of appearance through surface wear, rubbing, chafing, and other frictional actions.  You can visit the Pertex website to learn about which of their fabrics is helpful to clothing manufacturers in regard to abrasion-resistance.

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