Transpire Fleece Base Layers
Our range of unisex styles. Worn next to the skin. The fastest, sweat wicking fleece available. A super-stretchy, thermal top for all actors, crew, cast and stunt crew.
What is it? Transpire fleece fabric has an incredibly comfortable, tight brush fleece on the inside and a smooth, slip knit on the outside. The fabric yarns are coated with Scotchguard, a durable, wicking chemical, making the fleeces very fast drying and making these garments warm wet or dry. These fleeces should be worn in contact with the skin at all points to maximise the fabric’s good sweat wicking properties. The yarns are also coated with anti bacterial coating to maintain freshness. These fleeces have a weight to warmth ratio that is class leading.
What is a Base Layer? It is the first thing you put on when you are dressing actors, crew, cast and stunt crew. It will keep you warm when you are cold and keep you dry should you get too warm. It will naturally wick sweat away from your body and move it on to the next layer. A base layer is normally worn under a jacket or jumper. In Europe a base layer is called the next layer of skin. In America it is called the first layer.
What is Wicking? This refers to technical fabrics that move sweat away from the skin to the outer surface of the fabric, where the moisture can evaporate away.
Why choose Wicking? Even though both wool and cotton are porous, they will absorb and generally hold water. Cotton will not wick when it is wet. Once it becomes wet or saturated it tends to stay wet keeping the wearer damp and therefore cool. Wool, as a base layer, can wick moisture away but only if it is knitted in a certain way - to allow for a densely brushed surface to be next to the skin and a smooth knit outer surface to wick any moisture away.