Dimensional stability and recovery between base layer fabrics

dimensional stability

While undertaking wear trials during our Base Layer Evaluation between polyester and merino wool fabrics, we received feedback from some field users that the merino wool side of our test harlequin half tops were potentially lacking certain dimensional stability properties and would lose shape retention by developing fabric sag after extended field use. This was […] Read More

Polyester base layer fabric for hunting applications

polyester base layer fabric

Polyester base layer fabric has developed a strong following due to its inherent ease of care and fast drying capabilities. Polyester is a man made synthetic fibre derived from coal, air, water, and petroleum. It is manufactured during a chemical process involving the extrusion of melted polymer pellets through spinnerets to form a continuous fibre. […] Read More

Merino wool base layer fabric for hunting applications

merino wool

Today merino wool fabrics have gained a strong following amongst outdoor enthusiasts for use as next to skin base layer garments. Traditionally wool has not been used as a next to skin fabric due to its irritating abrasive qualities. Wool fibres are measured in microns, typically regular wool fibres can measure in grades of 30-40 […] Read More

Base layer for hunting, what are the benefits?

base layer for hunting

While some hunters may overlook a base layer for hunting applications, the base layer can be considered an integral part of the hunter’s layering ensemble. This becomes more pronounced if your hunting style involves high exertion activities and consequently an increased sweating rate. Selecting the proper base layer for hunting can have a big impact […] Read More

Base Layer Evaluation – Constructing Harlequin Half Tops

Base Layer

In order to test the differences between polyester and merino wool fabric during actual field use, we decided to utilise a harlequin half tops design method. These harlequin half tops have been constructed in a local facility using general grades of polyester and merino wool fabrics that can be expected to be found in typical […] Read More

Base Layer Evaluation – Synthetic and Natural Fabrics

Base Layer

The base layer is an important consideration to the hunter who wants to maximise the performance of their layering system. The moisture management capabilities of a well-performing base layer cannot be overstated. Over the years there have been various fibres and fabrics used to produce base layer products. Synthetic fabrics have enjoyed dominance in the […] Read More