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Kenyon Launches FR T-Shirt Featuring Outlast® Viscose Fiber

Peace Dale, R.I.-based Kenyon Consumer Products, a supplier of apparel and accessories for outdoor enthusiasts, has introduced a flame-retardant (FR) modacrylic T-shirt featuring Outlast® viscose fiber for temperature control. The shirt was originally developed as a baselayer shirt for military personnel -- an application in which protection and sweat-reduction properties as well as wearer comfort are important. The shirt is now available commercially in silk-weight and medium-weight versions.

According to Boulder, Colo.-based Outlast Technologies Inc., the T-shirt passes the ASTM D 6413-99 "Standard Test Method for Flame Resistance of Textiles (Vertical Test)," and was shown in laboratory tests to reduce sweat by 30 percent.

"The shirt is well-suited for military combat situations to enhance the soldiers' performance by reducing sweat," said Mike Henshaw, director of operations, Outlast Technologies. "The Outlast viscose with temperature regulating technology keeps skin temperature cooler, which helps decrease perspiration in warm environments where military personnel are often stationed."

"Adding Outlast viscose to the shirt has resulted in a product that has double the comfort -- soft, comfortable, easy-to-wear fabric with temperature regulation so the wearer sweats less," said Andy Curtis, owner, Kenyon Consumer Products. "There really isn't anything else like it on the market."

September 29, 2009

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