For any adventure – whether linking peaks in the Charlevoix, ripping in Whistler or paddling through a Great Lakes storm – comfort is tantamount to satisfaction. That’s why performance fabrics have such a big premium for outdoor athletes.
Outdoor Research’s drirelease® is an ideal fabric for keeping you comfortable across varying conditions, seasons and activity levels. Depending on its fabrication, this performance fabric dries four times faster than cotton and Merino.
This is a magic fabric that breathes, wicks and dries more efficiently that other fabrics. But there are no potions, spells or topical treatments about it. The secret is built into the fabric.
So what is it?
Because drirelease® is a fabric blend, rather than a topical treatment, the latent qualities can’t be washed or worn out like polypropylene or other treatments and materials that lose their lustre with every wash. Since drirelease®’s secret is part of the fabric’s makeup, it alleviates the need for treatments that can also be harmful to the environment.
The science behind drirelease® is simple, but brilliant. drirelease® fabrics are made up of 85 to 95 percent polyester and 10-15 percent secondary natural fabrics. What’s more, it is a blend made at the fiber level, which means each individual yarn is a blend of fibers rather than a blend of fabric types within in the entire garment. This fiber-level blend offers the optimum combination for moisture management and bacteria growth resistance.
The natural reaction these fabric types have with moisture – when blended together – create the benefit.
Synthetic fibers are hydrophobic, meaning they are water-hating and don’t absorb moisture. The secondary natural fibers are hydrophilic, or water-loving, which means they will absorb water. Blended together in just the right way these two fabrics work synergistically – the water-loving fibers pull the moisture away from your skin while the water-hating fibers continue this movement away pushing moisture towards the surface.
Outdoor Research has three types of drirelease® blends: drirelease® Cotton, drirelease® E.C.O. and drirelease® Merino. More on these magic threads here.