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1x1 Rib Knit - A type of fabric construction commonly used for sleeve and neckbands that is highly elastic and retains its shape. 1x1 rib knit construction is a pattern of one rib, one flat space, one rib, one flat space, etc. Both sides of this knit fabric look identical. The ATC PTech Fleece Jacket, style #F221, has 1x1 rib knit on the cuffs as well as the bottom hem.

1x2 Rib Knit - A type of fabric construction commonly used for sleeve and neckbands that is highly elastic and retains its shape. 1x2 rib knit construction is a pattern of one rib, two flat spaces, one rib, two flat spaces, etc. 1x2 rib knit has a chunkier appearance in comparison to 1x1 rib knit.

210D, 300D, 420D, 600D, 900D - The “D” stands for the word "denier" which has become the standard for measuring density. In polyester, for example, 210D is a lightweight fabric whereas 900D is a very heavy-duty polyester. This measurement is used for many fabrics including nylon, silk, etc. All OGIO® luggage, duffel bags and backpacks utilize this type of measurement as well as the ATC Essential Tote, style #B110.

3000mm - Fabrics with 3000mm of water resistance will keep water out sufficiently for most practical usages. This is a measurement expressing the amount of water resistance or waterproofing found in a garment, usually outerwear. A quick reference:

1000mm-5000mm - rainproof but not waterproof under pressure (sitting on or leaning against wet surfaces).
5000mm-15,000mm - totally rainproof and generally waterproof unless under serious pressure.
15,000mm-30,000mm - totally waterproof even under serious pressure.

This measurement relates to the CH Soft Shell Jacket, style #J760, L760 and Y760 and results in a fabric that is rainproof, breathable, wind resistant and water repellent.

Acrylic - A manufactured fiber derived from polyacrylonitrile. Its major properties include a soft, wool-like hand feel that's machine washable and dryable as well as excellent colour retention. Solution-dyed versions have an extremely high resistance to sunlight and chlorine degradation. Many of our knit caps are constructed with acrylic such as the ATC Knit Cap with Bill, style #C102.

Air Jet Spinning - A type of open end spinning that utilizes a stationary tube in which jets of air are directed to cause fibers to twist thereby forming a yarn. This process definitely influences the hand feel of the fabric while maintaining excellent resistance to pilling and abrasion. There are many examples of air jet spun fabric to be found in the Gildan® line of sweatshirts and sweatpants such as the Full Zip Hooded Sweatshirt, style #1860.

Anti-pill - The resistance of a fabric to form little balls on the surface due to abrasion during wear. This could be a natural feature of the fabric or due to applying a special finish to prevent pilling. The ATC AllPro Cotton Fleece Collection incorporates this anti-pill feature in all four of its styles including style #F210.

Baby Rib Knit - A 1x1 rib knit using a fine knit construction for a softer hand feel and delicate stretch that retains its shape. The super soft 1x1 baby rib knit is typically featured in form-fitting garments such as the Bella® Ladies' Tank, style #1080.

Back Yoke - This is a piece of fabric that connects the back of a garment to the area across the back shoulders. A back yoke allows the garment to lie flat while following the contours of the body, ensuring correct drape and appearance. For an example of a back yoke, check out the ATC Pro Team Jacket, style #J780 and L780.

Bartack - Reinforced stitching applied to high stress points in garments such as edges of pockets, plackets or button holes. A bartack appears as a “bar” of stitching and the length can vary depending on the location. The OGIO® Caliber 2.0, style #OG101, has a small bartack at the base of the front placket. The ATC Pro Team Jacket, style #J780 and L780, has pockets with bartack reinforcement on each end to protect the shape and style of the garment.

Bonded Fabric - This is a multi-layer fabric structure that combines the properties of two separate fabrics. The two fabrics are bonded together with an adhesive to minimize the thickness of the combined fabrics. Bonding is commonly used in performance outerwear to add function yet minimize bulk. A great example of bonded fabric can be seen on the CH Textured Hooded Soft Shell Jacket, style #J766 and L766.

Bonded Fleece - This is a type of bonded fabric where the back or front or both could be any variety of fleece. Bonding the layers together forms a higher functioning garment with added comfort and warmth. The CH Soft Shell Jacket, style #J760, L760 and Y760, is a perfect example of this feature.

Bonding - The technique of permanently joining together two or more layers of fabric into one unit by using a bonding agent to achieve a higher functioning fabric. Bonding can minimize bulk while adding additional comfort and warmth to a garment. The CH Insulated Soft Shell Jacket, style #J763 and Y763, incorporates this performance enhancing technique with three layers to keep you warm and dry without impeding movement.

Box Pleat - A double pleat having two upper folds facing in opposite directions and two under folds pressed toward each other. This type pleat can be found on the center back of a men's dress shirt where the large part of the pleat is on the outside of the garment. The box pleat allows comfort and ease of movement through the back of the shirt while preventing bulk.