Breathable fabrics – Reliable wicking away of moisture
Breathable fabrics are characterised by their superior ability to wick moisture away from the body. Thanks to waterproof coatings or membranes, this moisture can escape in the form of water vapour.
Breathable fabrics are often utilised as textile materials in sectors of the clothing industry that focus on the development of functional sportswear. When the human body needs to perform at its best over a prolonged period of time, it is essential to keep the body constantly warm without any decrease in temperature. Moisture such as sweat that stays on the skin for a long time can promote this cooling-down process. Breathable fabrics counteract this effect, however, by using the textile itself to transport the moisture away from the skin.
In this context, the wicking effect of chemical fibres is far superior to those of natural substances such as cotton. For this reason, breathable fabrics intended to provide this functionality over the long term are typically manufactured from polyester or a polyester mix.