Elasti Prints Performs For Performance Wear
Performance wear is everywhere these days! If you’re in the business of garment decoration, and let’s assume you are, the odds are pretty good that you’ve stumbled across it. And if you haven’t yet you’re going to soon. You have to wonder if the inventors of performance wear knew where it would be today when they were coming up with it back in the mid to late 90’s. What started as a sweat-proof garment for football players to wear under their uniforms has become so incredibly popular that garment manufacturers are actually making casual clothing out of performance fabrics as well.
First, you might wondering, “Why? What’s the big deal?” The general public has taken a shine to performance wear for the same reasons that the very first football players did when the concept was born in the 90’s. Performance fabrics naturally pull moisture away from your skin and to the top of the garment (this process is called “wicking”). This allows the sweat to evaporate off the garment surface, keeping YOU dry while still keeping you cool. Wearing the fabric close to the skin allows the garment to work the way it needs to which isn’t a problem because on top of all the other benefits, performance wear is light weight as well. After the concept caught on in football, it took other sports by storm as well. As the demand grew, so did the range of garments made out of performance fabrics. Compression that squeezes for blood flow, fitted so sweat can be wicked away easily, and loose for full range of movement while still allowing for the benefits of performance fabric. T-shirts, long sleeves, and tanks. Lightweight for heat, heavyweight for cold, even polo shirts that allow professionals to remain cool and dry while still looking business casual!
So here’s the challenge: How do you decorate it? The sports world is evolving to the point of actually using performance wear as warm up jerseys or in some cases the actual jerseys themselves. So we’ve reached a point where YOU need to be able to put out a quality decorated performance wear garment. Thankfully, we have the solution for you! Your 100% polyester performance wear can be easily decorated with our Elasti Prints® screen printed transfers.
Our Elasti Prints transfers are easily our most versatile of all our screen printed transfers. YES – even more versatile then our old favorite, Goof Proof. Our Elasti Prints are pressed at a cool 275°, allowing them to decorate heat sensitive materials without scorching or melting them. Ever try to press on a polypropylene tote bag? Did you know they melt at 300°? This writer certainly knows (and found out the hard way). Elasti Prints temperature allows them to easily decorate these totes as well as our industry’s big up-and-comer, performance wear! In addition to this, as the picture below shows, Elasti Prints are very vibrant, keeping their color bright even on black performance wear! If you’ve ever worked with neon colors before, you know they can be finicky. But with the Elasti Prints the colors are bright and retain their neon look without having to take any additional steps. And let us not forget the special feature that Elasti Prints are named for: they stretch! As long as your performance wear is 100% polyester, our Elasti Prints will move with the garment and rebound nicely.
So when you stop and think about it, our Elasti Prints tackle all the challenges you’ll find when you’re trying to decorate your performance wear. They stretch, they apply cool, and they stay bright! And since you all asked so nicely, we delivered: we’re now offering Elasti Prints in our line up of Easy Prints numbers! Our Avalon and Champ Pro styles offer all the great benefits of Easy Prints Number product, but with the versatility of Elasti Prints. With Avalon and Champ Pro you can easily decorate the front of your performance wear AND number the back without a problem.
Interested in getting a sample of our most versatile screen printed product? Contact our Dealer Services team today so you can try it yourself!