NATURE'S FABRIC ENGINEERED TO PREFORM

Active Cotton

Wicking is old school! We brought real cotton into the 21st century with one-way moisture movement.

Like many fitness enthusiasts, you’re probably wearing one of those branded polyester moisture wicking shirts while exercising – have you noticed how the shirt becomes saturated after you’ve been sweating and then sticks to your skin; the fabric snagging, pulling or catching on your skin; the itching or burning feeling? How about that uncomfortable ‘chill’ feeling after you finish exercising? And what about that bad odor that never seems to wash out? Did you know many of those synthetic shirts are made from petroleum-based chemicals, like PET – Polyethylene Terephthalate? That doesn’t sound very natural!

Well, cotton is back! No more snagging, no more itching, no more sticking, no more odor – finally, exercise apparel that feels soft and comfortable, looks great and lasts through multiple wash and wear cycles – but not just any cotton…Active Cotton®.

Active Cotton® doesn’t let your sweat get in the way

What makes Active Cotton® so different? It pulls moisture away from the skin to emulate the body’s natural “cooling”, and unlike synthetics, does not wick and soak the garment – it moves the moisture through to the surface of the fabric and allows evaporation there, keeping the rest of the garment dry and comfortable – true one-way moisture movement.

The uniqueness of Active Cotton®is that it transfers moisture away from the skin as sweat leaves the body, allowing cotton’s natural thermoregulatory traits to shine. The results are completely opposite to synthetics and eliminate the drawbacks of wearing synthetic material – No Snagging or Sticking, No Itching or Burning, No Chill, No Odor. All of this is achieved with the cotton comfort that you’re used to, and with normal wash and wear care. Performance improves as the garment ages and will always deliver the same reliable durability you’ve come to expect from natural cotton apparel.

NO ODOUR

Many of today’s performance garments are petroleum based (synthetic/ polyester) which provides a distinct odour.  Moreover, it is also not uncommon for synthetic garments to “trap” odour causing microbes from repeated workouts.  Due to the nature of the garment, it is unlikely to remove this odour through laundering.   Cotton, being an organic fiber, is easily laundered and naturally breathes.

MOISTURE WICKING, NO ITCHING

Synthetic fibers naturally repel water and therefore need to be topically treated with a chemical agent that loses its ability to wick away moisture with each washing.  However, the comfort qualities of Active Cotton™ are permanent. They’re built right into the fiber itself so you always feels soft, odour free, and always stay dry.  The more you wash the garment, the better it performs.

If you missed the demo video on the Home page of our website, make sure you take a moment to watch it – it shows how Active Cotton® moves moisture through the fabric keeping the skin-side of the material dry, while our synthetic competitors who ‘wick’, just pull moisture into the fabric leaving both sides wet.

Active Cotton® is not a coating or add-on, so it’s in the garment for life and never breaks down unlike synthetic apparel that begin breaking down as soon as you wash it.

Cotton Incorporated, the trade group for the Cotton industry, has endorsed and licensed Active Cotton® to be the real thing and even nominated the technology for the Apparel Magazine award that we won (see news and press). All Active Cotton® apparel from Kinisi includes the Cotton Inc. hangtag so you know the product you’re buying is real cotton – not a synthetic or blend.

 
Active Cotton
Regular Cotton
Charged Cotton
Synthetics
Merino Wool
Moisture
Movement

Yes

No

Slow
Wicking

Wicking

Yes

Picking/Snagging

No

No

No

Yes

No

Chaffing

No

No

No

Yes

No

Odour

No

No

No

Yes

No

Clingy
when wet

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Itch

No

No

No

Yes

Slight

Chill
effect

No

No

Yes

Yes

No

Breathability

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Special
Care

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

Washer/Dryer

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

Durability

Excellent

Good

Good

Fair

Excellent

Affordability

Moderate

Inexpensive

Moderate

Moderate

Expensive