Whether you are designing uniforms for the very first time or your sports team needs a new and improved look, the fabric of your uniform should not be left as an afterthought. Knowing what fabrics to choose can mean the difference between a uniform that your athletes love to wear and a uniform that they can’t wait to take off. The right fabric should be able to withstand high amounts of strain and stress but it must also be comfortable enough to wear for extended periods of time. Picking the perfect uniform fabric can be daunting and difficult, but you came to the right place. With 30 years of experience in uniform construction, design, and sublimation, we can help you pick the perfect material.
Beginner’s Guide to Uniform Fabrics
When looking for materials that can keep up with your athletes, there are only a handful of fabrics you should entertain for your uniforms. There are natural and synthetic fibers, each with its own distinct set of advantages and characteristics. As one of the most widely used natural fibers in the world, cotton has quickly become the go-to for moisture control, insulation, and comfort. Unfortunately, cotton tends to wear down faster than synthetic materials, shrinks, and holds onto moisture for longer periods of time. Polyester is a strong, flexible, and quick-drying synthetic material that resists wrinkling and shrinking. Spandex is also a synthetic material, one that is lightweight and resistant to perspiration.
When combined, polyester and spandex create an incredibly elastic construction that is soft to the touch and very durable. Any polyester-spandex blend is bound to improve an athlete’s range of motion and temperature control. Polyblends are also ideal for sublimation. Using both heat and special computer prints, we can expertly transfer any custom design or logo to any area of the garment you desire. A polyblend will ensure a sharp and vivid uniform design.
Our Revitalized Line of Fabrics
We proudly offer a wide selection of specialty fabrics that are designed to achieve ideal sports uniform durability, flexibility, and functionality. We use Maxidri, a moisture management fabric, and Microblock, an antibacterial fabric, to provide nothing short of high-performance fabric blends that can handle the competition without compromise. From breathable and lightweight to durable and heavy weight, we have all your needs covered in our assortment of fabrics.
AEROFIBER: 90% Polyester / 10% Spandex
Lightweight, stretchable, breathable open pinhole mesh. Moisture-wicking and four-way stretch fabric. Used for custom baseball, fastpitch, football, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, track, volleyball, and ice hockey uniforms.
CONTACT SHELL: 100% Polyester
Lightweight, minimal stretch, moisture-wicking, cool, and dry shell. Used for custom wrestling uniforms.
DRY-TEC: 100% Polyester
Lightweight microfiber, pique moisture-wicking fabric with a smooth, flat face (no texture). Used for custom baseball, fastpitch, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, track, and volleyball uniforms.
Double knit, mesh look, mid-weight, breathable, moisture-wicking fabric. Used for custom basketball, lacrosse, and field hockey uniforms. Suggested for single-ply reversible.
DURAFIBER: 100% Polyester
Durable, heavy weight yet breathable, moisture-wicking double fabric. Used for custom baseball and fastpitch uniforms.
DYNA-DRY: 100% Polyester
A flat-backed mock mesh, moisture-wicking performance fabric. Used for custom baseball, fastpitch, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, track, volleyball, and ice hockey uniforms.
FLEX-DRY: 90% Polyester / 10% Spandex
Breathable, lightweight, two-way stretch fabric with moisture-management. Used for custom baseball, fastpitch, basketball, soccer, field hockey, track, volleyball, and wrestling uniforms.
FORCE FIBER: 90% Polyester / 10% Spandex
Mid-weight, matte, smooth hand, high-retention, compression, and cooling. Used for custom wrestling uniforms.
HEAVY DAZZLE: 100% Polyester
High shine, heavy weight, strong, and durable. Used for custom football uniforms.
POLY-FLEX: 90 Polyester / 10% Spandex
Heavy weight, stretchable, and abrasion-resistant. Used for custom football uniforms.
RICE MESH: 100% Polyester
Open hole, pro bright mesh, mid-weight, durable, performance-driven. Used for custom sublimated football jerseys.
STRETCH TEC: 91% Polyester / 9% Spandex
Midweight, shiny, two-way stretch with high retention and compression. Used for custom volleyball compression shorts as well as wrestling singlets and separates.
Which uniform fabric is right for your team? If you have any questions about this guide or would like to learn more about our revitalized line of fabrics, please don’t hesitate to contact us for additional information or further assistance.