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In this section you will find a comprehensive range of articles from WSA magazine, dating back as far as 2000. To obtain the articles online in PDF format, you must first set up an account. Articles cover innovation at different levels in the performance textiles value chain, including developments with polymers, fibres, yarns, fabrics, finishes and final products from the apparel, footwear and equipment ranges of sports and outdoor brands around the world.



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BASELAYERS

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Rise to the Challenge: Eastman and Spyder
Official supplier of ski suits and apparel to the US Ski Team, Spyder, has worked with the Eastman Chemical Company to construct new baselayer garments using the Avra range of performance fibres. The new baselayers have won the approval of the athletes and paved the way for Avra to make an impact in a wider range of applications in 2019.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2019
Augmented baselayers
Straighten your back, pull your shoulders down, breathe deeply. This could be the beginning of a meditation session, but it could just as well be a subtle set of signals sent by your new running kit. Clothing that provides resistance to boost training, power-assistance for muscles, designs that call for human and machine input all point to a new wave of innovation in baselayers.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2018
Growth out of adversity
Game Changers: Laura Colnaghi Calissoni The unexpected death of her husband, Giuseppe, in 2005 and her decision to assume the leadership of the textile group that comprises Carvico, Jersey Lomellina and Eurojersey, did not prevent Laura Colnaghi Calissoni from continuing to compete at a high level in skiing and cycling.
WSA - Issue5 - Sept/Oct 2018
One step ahead
Baselayer and underwear specialist Odlo is aiming to become a brand that customers turn to all year round. Its latest innovation, Ceramicool, is a ceramic-based active cooling technology developed with summer in mind.
WSA - Issue5 - Sept/Oct 2017
Seamless outerwear by design
The weaving or knitting of patterned jacquard fabrics makes it possible to vary textures and compositions in a single textile to make seamless multifunctional clothes. After baselayers and shoes, the technology is now being applied to outerwear.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2017
Saturation point
A functional baselayer strives to keep its wearer comfortable and dry at all times. But what happens if it becomes thoroughly soaked and saturated? The choice of fibre and the fabric structure can make a difference, depending on the activity and the environment.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2017
To The Lighthouse
Under Armour opens the doors of its new fast-prototyping and design centre in Baltimore to WSA.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2017
More than mileage
There’s more to choosing the right apparel for extreme runs than meets the eye, as Shari Shallard has found out from researching the subject in depth and from her own running experience.
WSA - Issue4 - Jul/Aug 2016
A classic upgraded
Skin care and endurance-enhancing clothing are part of a high-tech revamp at French clothing brand Damart.
WSA - Issue4 - Jul/Aug 2016
WSA - The Second 10 Years
A brief timeline in textiles and sports, Part 2.
WSA - Issue4 - Jul/Aug 2015
Innovators: Kevin Plank
Winning mentality: It is 20 years since Kevin Plank launched US sportswear firm Under Armour, growing it from a compression t-shirt seller to a $3 billion business with sky-high ambitions.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2015
WSA - The First Ten Years
A brief timeline WSA in textiles and sports.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2015
Moisture management fine-tuned
A new series of developments claims to adapt moisture management functions to the body’s needs. These innovative baselayer textiles focus on optimising evaporative cooling, the body’s natural mechanism for maintaining its core temperature.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2014
One women’s wardrobe for warmth in a world of snow and ice
Earlier this year extreme adventurer Felicity Aston became the first woman to ski alone across the continent of Antarctica. This article gives details of some of the specialist clothing and equipment she wore during the two-month trip.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2012
Standards in sport: Competition ski suits
Safety versus speed: With strict guidelines set down by the International Ski Federation for the race suits worn by skiers in international competitions, textile and garment manufacturers tread a fine line between safety and speed to comply with the norms while addressing athletes’ insatiable yearning for performance-enhancing materials.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2012
Form versus function
‘Lifestyle’ clothing has become the next big category across the board in apparel. Combining functionality with fashion, sportswear characteristics such as breathability are infiltrating high-end fashion, forcing brands to reassess the balance between function and form.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2012
Rise to the challenge: Aquafil and TCX
Riders stay comfortable under pressure: 2012 continues the series examining the work that ingredient brands carry out in partnership with clothing brands to make better clothing and footwear products for sports and outdoor activity. In this issue, we look closely at the joint efforts of Aquafil and TCX to put polypropylene microfibre Dryarn into technical underwear for motorcycle enthusiasts.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2012
Rise to the challenge: Sciessent and Woolrich
Silver lining: Outdoor clothing brand Woolrich launched a collection of baselayer garments equipped with Agion Active anti-odour functionality at the start of 2011. The relationship between the two companies is working so well that a new collection of anti-odour shirts for spring 2012 has followed.
WSA - Issue5 - Sept/Oct 2011
Comfortable compression
Compression apparel is fast becoming ubiquitous among top performance athletes, but with more and more companies launching compression clothing aimed at the more casual athlete, is this a trend that will continue to grow?
WSA - Issue4 - Jul/Aug 2011
Innerwear collection hits the heights
Italian outdoor brand Salewa has launched a collection of next-to-skin clothing designed, from the fibre up, especially for use in high mountain conditions
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2011
Brand Profile: Uniqlo
Heating up and keeping cool: Since Tadashi Yanai turned his father’s tailoring shops into the Uniqlo chain of low-price, high-turnover casual apparel, the brand has become an international powerhouse. Its innovations in textile technology continue to pave the way for a new generation of cooling and warming clothing.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2011
Comprehensive compression at Equmen
Gavin Jones, a former journalist, first came up with the Equmen idea when he became less active in his 40s. He noticed that there were many figure-improving and bulge-disguising baselayer garments on the market for women, and decided that there was a gap in the market for men.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2010
Brand Profile: Röjk
Breaking the mould: Swedish designer Jan- Fahrenheit Betros won an Innovation for Extremes award for his Tvister Helmet Hood jacket made using 100% recycled Polartec Power Dry fabric. On the back of his success, he launched his own technical, green sportswear brand Röjk, which has really started to take off.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2010
Brand Profile: Ramblers Way
Ramblers Way wears its values on its sleeve: The founders of sustainable personal care brand Tom's of Maine recently set up a new company, Ramblers Way, which offers base-layer garments and intimate apparel made from US Rambouillet (from which the name of the business comes) wool.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2010
How to be cool and stay cool
California-based Cooltech Marketing has launched three new sportswear garments that are designed to keep the wearer’s core body temperature within comfortable ranges in hot environments or during body heat-generating activities.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2009
Finding the right bust support
Everyone knows how important it is to use the right clothing and footwear during exercise, but at times finding suitable underwear can be overlooked. This is particularly pertinent for women, many of whom fail to find suitable bust support for when they are working out. According to the companies that make sports bras and garments with integrated bust support, getting this right is every bit as important as tracking down the right pair of running shoes.
WSA - Issue5 - Sept/Oct 2009
HeiQ on the high road at last
Founded four years ago, Swiss textile effects technology provider HeiQ has now launched two products and has convinced Radici Fibres and Mammut to become early adopters.
WSA - Issue5 - Sept/Oct 2009
Intimate details
A look at some of the most recent developments in underwear for the sports and outdoor markets.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2009
Micro encapsulation: it makes scents
Micro capsule manufacturer Celessence International – a subsidiary of New York-based International Flavours and Fragrances – has been working in partnership with man-made fibres, resins and intermediates manufacturer Invista, among other companies, to produce garments with odour-combating qualities using natural ingredients. Whether technology is incorporated in fresh smelling socks, relaxing yoga wear or energising sports apparel, aroma-producing textiles are becoming a real hit with active customers.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2007
Comfort: food for thought
Fabric and fibre manufacturers are making increasingly strong connections between elasticity and comfort. Some, however, have discovered more benefits than they first imagined.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2007
When black becomes cool fashion
textile engineering has taken a new turn. Innovators are paying more attention to the invisible, and some visible, parts of the spectrum to generate some surprising results.
WSA - Issue4 - Jul/Aug 2007
Brands ignore special qualities of stretch garments
Size matters and big brands in the sports and activewear sector need to take the matter of stretch more seriously. Dr Penelope Watkins explains why.
WSA - Issue4 - Jul/Aug 2007
Making a big splash
To the ininitiated water exercise may mean nothing more than bouncing around to pop music in a swimming pool. What they may not realise is that the sport has developed into a scientifically-proven activity that is now just as popular with elite athletes as it is with peole looking to lose a few kilos.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2007
An exercise in (UV) protection
The first glimpse of the sun has us taking to the outdoors in droves but, whilst we may look after our hearts, too few of us take the necessary precautions to protect our largest organ... the skin. This situation will not improve until UV labelling in garments becomes mandatory.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2007
"If he hits a home-run I'll eat my hat!"
Conserving the environment and 'going green' has become a fascination for the masses, from eating organic food through buying fair trade products to wearing eco-friendly apparel. This has 'naturally' had an impact on the textile industry as manufacturers strive to combine performance and the Earth's preservation.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2007
Only natural for cellulose and linen to score skin-friendly success
Fabric and finished garments that are kind to the wearer's skin are of growing importance in our health-conscious world, and the implications for sports and activewear are obvious.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2007
The flow of technology downstream
Speedo is acknowledged globally as one of the leading brands in performance swimwear and as a pioneer in cutting edge technology. But few will be aware of the part played by a company in Sri Lanka.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2007
Showtime: Winter wonderland
Buyers visiting this winter's trade fairs must have felt like children in a candy store as they were treated to a feast of new products and developments across the spectrum of yarns and fibres, laminates, apparel, footwear and protective gear.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2007
Textile developers itching to alleviate sensitive skin
With a growing number of people suffering with skin diseases, certain manufacturers are looking at ways of alleviating the itch.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2007
A new twist on wool
Whilst wool may be a natural choice thanks to its inherent performance properties, it has not always received good press due to the dreaded 'itch' that was associated with woollen garments for so long. That has now all changed thanks to numerous innovative developments using soft Merino from Australia and New Zealand.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2007
Natural flair in fabric trends for spring/summer '08
The trend for leisure and sports aparel inspired by nature is set to continue for spring/summer 2008, covering the spectrum of different fabrics from linen for travel wear through intimate apparel to high performance active wear.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2007
Five years on and PTT starts to make its mark
There are a limited number of polymers from which man-made fibres are currently produced. Polyester, polypropylene and polyamide are the three most widely used in the world, but PTT is now beginning to make its mark.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2007
Kicking up a stink
Talk to any cyclist, runner, walker, climber, football player, or cross-country skier about the smell of his or her thermals and you will always hear the response, “It can be awful.” If you went into more detail, you’d most likely hear that some athletes consider certain brands to be ‘smellier’, while others seem to be more ‘socially acceptable’. In the last issue of WSA, we looked at different substances that are used to prevent, mask, or absorb unpleasant odours in performance fabrics. Yet where do these smells come from? How do we sense them? And how can they be measured?
WSA - Issue5 - Sept/Oct 2006
30 inches of fabric celebrates 60 years of coverage
It's the smallest of garments, but the bikini has had a gigantic impact on swimwear since its launch in 1946.
WSA - Issue4 - Jul/Aug 2006
Cl + UV x H20 = a pool of technology
An amazing amount of technology is now involved in the swimwear market, even down to quick dry!
WSA - Issue4 - Jul/Aug 2006
Fibres afoot
Some of us are content if we find a matching pair of socks to put on in the morning, but for the serious athlete, and for manufacturers, socks have become an essential piece of sporting apparel, affecting both performance and comfort. As a result of this, the manufacture of socks has become an exact science.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2005
Fun in the sun?
Skin ageing, cancers and irritations are increasing. And so is the need for protecting the human skin from harmful ultraviolet radiation. Our intrepid explorer, Till Gottbrath, considers the technologies of textile-provided UV-protection as well as test and certification standards.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2005
Going undercover
The old saying that it is what’s on the inside that counts has never been truer, especially in the world of functional apparel. Layering has long been recognised as vital in functional clothing with regard to thermoregulation, moisture management, and comfort and this has to begin with a high performance base layer.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2005
Market sensitivity
An international businessman with a mission is the subject of this interview. Once unjustly described as a “ruthless charmer”, he clarifies his family’s company’s view of a tough market sector and tells us what he’s doing about it.
WSA - Issue5 - Sept/Oct 2004
Power to the people
Far from being a rallying cry, the power in question is generated by the magic of elastane yarns, clever knitting and even cleverer designs. This is where muscle control starts on the outside but builds to a crescendo of inner personal performance. Not for marathon runners.
WSA - Issue5 - Sept/Oct 2004
Your flexible protector
An accident on the snowboarding slopes led to the development of an automotive plastics set-aside technology into a comfortable protective layering. Almost magical in operation, the product appears to have a wide range of applications in the sporting context.
WSA - Issue4 - Jul/Aug 2004
Time for a rethink in the USA and EU
The CEO of Invista discusses better value for more money. What is it in the human psyche that can justify expansive consumer expenditure on training shoes, but only a minimal amount on swimwear? One thing is certain – it’s logical.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2004
High performance – low visibility
From luxury fashion choice through to demure necessity, the developments in underwear continue to draw heavily on performance fibre technology. And it’s not all elastane and microfibres – organics, too, are close to many a heart.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2004
The best thing since sliced bread
What drives swimwear innovation? Our specialist writer considers the efficiencies in aviation technology, virtually seamless construction, flow charts and body mapping. But it’s a freshly developed fabric that truly excites the designers when they are asked to produce a range of aquawear and fitness clothing. High-tech plus volume markets cause fission in the boardroom as well.
WSA - Issue3 - Autumn 2003
Everest: The 50th Anniversary feature
From the long list of suppliers that contributed to Hilary and Tenzing’s success, how many are still out there? Not as many as might be supposed, although a few brand names continue with a 21st century spin.
WSA - Issue2 - Summer 2003
Fun and function undercover
With sports underwear playing as important a role as the athlete’s outerwear, we examine the latest developments in textiles and processes as delivered to ispo Summer 2002. We suggest that a number of garments are too attractive to be worn absolutely out of sight, and find that many have a triple role in preserving modesty, enhancing performance and creating a flattering outline
WSA - Issue4 - Winter 2002
Focus on fitness with a silver lining
The spring ispo fair turned the spotlight on to the strength of the fitness and well-being sector in Europe – and in Germany in particular. Textile manufacturers and yarn producers are queuing to deliver the most flattering of garments and the environmentally-aware developments to underpin them. There’s silver in the fibres and gold in the future for many companies that wish to ensure that the consumers look good – and smell sweetly.
WSA - Issue2 - Summer 2002
Cutting through water
Does textile technology raise questions of ethics as swimwear gets another performance boost?
WSA - Issue3 - Autumn 2000

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