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Velcro USA Unveils Evaptex™ High-performance Fabric

Velcro USA Inc., Manchester, N.H., a global conglomerate of companies offering a range of products including its well-known Velcro® hook and loop fasteners, now offers Velcro Evaptex™ woven fabric that combines breathability and moisture-wicking properties, allowing air circulation through the fabric while also maintaining a neutral temperature for the wearer.

"In response to feedback from the medical and emergency responder markets about heat retention, moisture, weight, comfort and thickness of the fabrics currently available, we set out to create a new type of fabric that addresses all of these concerns and virtually disappears from sensory perception when worn," said Daryl Pfaff, senior marketing manager, who oversaw the development of Evaptex.

The machine-washable fabric, comprised of two layers laminated together, features a patent-pending evaporation technology and silver ion-based antimicrobial properties. The next-to-skin surface has a very soft, comfortable hand, and the outer loop surface is compatible with Velcro hook materials to facilitate fastener placement and adjustment.

Targeted applications include orthopedic braces, sleep apnea headgear, tracheotomy straps and other medical devices; as well as turnout gear and fire protection suits and other emergency responder applications. According to the company, Evaptex is competitively priced for these applications.

October 6, 2009

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