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Date: 9/1/11 10:00 AM

can you recommend on-line stores that carry wicking lycra knits to make a top for cycling / running in hot weather? soft and stretchy , preferably mesh; bright neon colors for safety is a bonus, not a must.
I checked a lot of on-line stores that carry high tech fabrics, also some PR threads, but found none of this combination. May be not a mesh knit, but at least soft and light one, not high density.

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Date: 9/1/11 10:59 AM

Try Rockywoods.com

I know they carry UnderArmour fabrics, and they carry other wicking fabrics.

They have some bright orange and yellows
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Date: 9/1/11 12:01 PM

Also contact Annette at Rose City Textiles in Portland, Oregon. I see it's now called Fabricline but it is the same company. Tell Annette what you want and she will suggest fabrics. The Rain Shed in Corvallis, OR, is another good source for technical fabrics. Hope that one of the ones mentioned can help you!

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Date: 9/1/11 12:04 PM

What about Wazoodle? Do they still carry that stuff?

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Date: 9/1/11 12:50 PM

Quote: Patti B
Also contact Annette at Rose City Textiles in Portland, Oregon. I see it's now called Fabricline but it is the same company. Tell Annette what you want and she will suggest fabrics. The Rain Shed in Corvallis, OR, is another good source for technical fabrics. Hope that one of the ones mentioned can help you!

They have a web store at rctfabrics.com. Excellent service, very nice fabric, not very informative website and somewhat expensive shipping.

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Date: 9/2/11 2:02 AM

Thanks for your replies!!
I checked the sites you mentioned and so far none of the mentioned above brought me luck:

1. Rockywoods the shipping cost is prohibitive for me -$38! for just 1 yard of fabric
2. Fabricline I emailed them about the site appears to be faulty when you try to order to Australia (they ship overseas though)
3. Rctfabrics mesh is 100% polyester for lining. Their wicking poly lycra jersey are "tightly knit, medium weight"- I need something lighter. For some unknown reason they don't mention fabric weight on their site
4. Therainshed I ordered swatches from them, some are nice. I may buy their Tactel with 10% lycra 7.8 oz /sq yard to make exercising pants, but the fabric is a bit too heavy to make the tops for hot weather.
Any other ideas?

Here is the cycling top I made some time ago from locally bought fabric and am not happy with. Though it is a wicking mesh, it is stiff and has very little stretch. I think it is 100% poly.
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-- Edited on 9/2/11 6:55 AM --

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Date: 9/2/11 10:03 AM

Peak Fabrics is in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and she carries a lot of wicking fabrics. They reply to e-mails promptly and will send out samples. If you tell them what you are looking for, they will likely be able to suggest some different fabrics to use.

Have absolutely no idea what shipping costs would be like to Australia.

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Date: 9/2/11 11:18 AM

Wow! That shipping at Rockywoods is crazy- especially since their US shipping isn't too bad.

Sorry :(

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Date: 9/2/11 2:54 PM

It seems like I recently read a blog where the person was buying good technical fabrics in Sydney somewhere. At least the shipping would be in country.

I have bought wicking fabric tees in men's XXL size at discount/outlet stores here. The big and tall XXL tees have a lot of fabric!

Cool max and Dri Fit are two types that come to mind, both are the trade name of some big brands like Nike.

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Date: 9/5/11 10:22 AM

Thank you Shebear, just what i needed! I live in Calgary, and my daughter has just started in a track and field club- we went shopping yesterday at Running Room- what a wake up call!

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