Hmmmm, polyester. That ‘oh so’ smooooth feel against your skin, the slight static electricity that you experience as you pull it over your head, the retro ’70’s’ connotations. Doesn’t sound that appealing does it? Wait a minute!!! The world is changing, and as we all become more health conscious we are looking for better products that perform when we turn into that sweaty, gasping, and hunched over example of someone who has just overdone it.
Polyester has returned like we knew it always would but it has been sexed up!
Restyled for the ‘naughties’ generation, it offers natural ‘wicking’ properties to move perspiration away from the body and has natural ‘antiseptic’ qualities which mean you can stuff it into your sports bag after a workout and not worry that it will grow its own arms and legs from the bacteria you have just soaked it in.
The Army have know about polyester for years and kit their infantrymen out with close fitting base layers to protect against the cold while offering that ‘quick drying’ capability which is essential if you are working hard outdoors.
The great news is that there is now an enormous range of polyester garments ready to go for screen printing and embroidery.
There are a couple of things to consider when choosing polyester.
1 Polyester will not take multi-colour screenprints and are better for single colour work.
2 Embroidery needs a relatively heavy weight to grip to and some polyester garments will be too thin, Check the weight.
Other than that, it is pretty simple.
If you are working outdoors and looking for wind protection, moisture management, a sporty tailoring and something lighter to reduce drag, then consider polyester.