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Date: 10/19/05 10:02 PM

Can anyone tell me some of the names of these new synthetic fabrics that are being used in sports wear. They are thin, stretchy and allow sweat to evaporate very quickly. I would like to buy some online, but I don't know what to ask for.

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Date: 10/19/05 10:36 PM

You are looking for wicking knits as a category and a couple of brands are: coolmax, and powerdry.

I have used both for long underwear and t-shirts. A couple of online sources are: Textile Outfitters in Calgary and Wazoodle in Ontario.

I have also found them at my local fabric stores, including the Wally World $1.97/m bin.

Powerdry comes in quite a variety of weights, from silk weight to quite heavy. Powerstretch has lycra and a fleece side too, it is heavier and good for winter leggings and warm long underwear.

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Date: 10/19/05 10:40 PM

Well, there's modal nylon, it's newish, and the technical knits that have been around for a few years like power dry by Malden Mills and there's Coolmax (I forget who's the manufacturer. Get Creative Info page

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Date: 10/19/05 10:47 PM

Quest Outfitters Wicking Info page

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Date: 10/20/05 6:28 AM

Sandra, also try www.fabricline.com - they have some really nice stuff and you can have swatches sent to you for practically nothing.

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Date: 10/20/05 10:16 AM

Textile Outfitters has their annual fall sale starting on October 25th. I think you can download a flyer if you go to the website.

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Date: 10/20/05 10:44 AM

Sandra, here is another source. They don't have pictures, but they are very helpful Outdoor Wilderness Fabrics

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Date: 10/20/05 10:52 AM

Thank you everyone, this has been very helpful. I will check out all the links that you have suggested.

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