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PrimaLoft Unveils New Yarns For Knit, Base Layer Uses

PrimaLoft - a business unit of Albany, N.Y.-based Albany International Corp., and producer of PrimaLoft® yarns - has introduced two new yarns for knit and base-layer applications - 100-percent PrimaLoft yarn and a 50/50 PrimaLoft/merino wool blended yarn.

Microdenier polyester fibers, finer than cashmere, are used to manufacture the 100-percent PrimaLoft yarn. According to the company, when paired with a hydrophilic yarn, the moisture-repelling PrimaLoft fibers move moisture vapor away from the skin to the outside of the fabric so the wearer will remain comfortable in all climates.

Albany has created a new 50/50 blend of PrimaLoft and merino wool, which previously was used only in sweaters, socks and accessories. The newly engineered yarn offers improved wicking properties through the company's proprietary Quick Draw Technology™ moisture management system, making the yarn suitable for base-layer applications.

"These new performance yarns allow us to venture into new markets and offer our customers new opportunities to expand their PrimaLoft offerings," said Ronald L. Comer, director, sales and marketing, PrimaLoft Yarn Division. "Base layers are an important element to the comfort of active individuals and now they can enjoy the benefits of PrimaLoft technology from head to toe."

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