Fabrics & Technologies

We are always looking for the latest fabrics and materials to manufacturer our products.

As always the British fabric manufacturers is our first point of call, and if we can’t find British manufacturers we will make sure we buy from a British wholesaler or distributor so that there is always supporting British business wherever possible. Saying all of that we won’t sacrifice the ‘best’ just because we would like to stay loyal to our ‘buy British’ ideals. We currently buy fabrics and materials from across the globe including Italy, Pakistan and beyond.

Polyester

Polyester

Polyester is a category of polymers that contain the ester functional group in their main chain. Although there are many polyesters, the term “polyester” as a specific material most commonly refers to polyethylene terepthalate (PET). Polyesters include naturally occurring chemicals, such as in the cutin of plant cuticles, as well as synthetics through step-growth polymerization such as polycarbonate and polybutyrate. Natural polyesters and a few synthetic ones are biodegradable, but most synthetic polyesters are not.

Sublimation Printing

Sublimation Printing

Sublimation is an advanced way to customize your team gear. Through a process of fusing fabric with ink before the jerseys are cut and assembled, sublimation enables printing of the entire jersey and trumps some of the constraints of screen printing (screen size, color limitations, and the texture and weight of the screen printed ink). If you choose to go with sublimation, you can print on every inch of your jersey, from neck to seam, and across the entire sleeve. Our sublimation process also allows you to use infinite colors and smooth gradients and shadow effects. You could cover a jersey in photographs, if you wanted. To get a better idea of what we mean, check out some of the sublimated jerseys Five has created in the past. Since sublimated inks are fused directly with the fabric, the jersey will perform as well and feel as smooth as a blank jersey, no matter what designs you sublimate across the fabric.

Lycra

Lycra

Lycra, also called spandex or elastane, is a synthetic fibre known for its exceptional elasticity. It is strong, but less durable than natural Latex, its major non-synthetic competitor. It is a polyurethane-polyurea copolymer that was co-invented in 1959 by chemists C. L. Sandquist and Joseph Shivers at DuPont’s Benger Laboratory in Waynesboro, Virginia. When first introduced, it revolutionized many areas of the clothing industry.

Coolmax

Coolmax

Coolmax is a series of moisture-wicking technical fabrics developed in 1986 by DuPont Textiles and Interiors (now Invista). The fabrics employ specially-engineered polyester fibres to improve “breathability” compared to natural fibres like cotton. Coolmax fibres are not round, but are slightly oblong in cross-section with grooves running lengthwise along the threads. They are manufactured in either a tetrachannel or hexachannel style. The series of closely spaced channels creates capillary action that wicks moisture through the core and out to a wider area on the surface of the fabric which increases evaporation.

Fleece

Fleece

Fleece is basically a synthetic, 100% polyester fabric with an altered ‘structure.’ This altered ‘structure’ facilitates moisture transfer through the fabric – some will say ‘absorb’ through the fabric. Polyester fabric, in and of itself, does not absorb moisture at all.. Instead fleece wicks moisture away from the skin to its outer surface where it can do one of two things: 1) Spread out and evaporate if exposed to air. 2) Absorb into another fabric-usually a cotton ‘soaker’ of some sort.

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