2013 Etnies Marana Ryan Sheckler Shoes

Sheckler's Favorite - Etnies Marana

Etnies Marana Skate Shoes

Here it is kiddos, the long awaited Etnies Ryan Sheckler 7 Shoes – actually they’re not called that at all.  The shoe’s real name is the Etnies Marana.  The Etnies Marana comes in 3 colorways, the Ryan Sheckler shoes just happens to have one specific color – red.  We actually caught some heat from a Marana Ryan Sheckler  Shoes video we posted before the November, 26th release date.  It’s all about pushing the limits…

Ryan Sheckler has had 6 different major pro model shoes produced by Etnies; actually there is more because series like the 5 & 6 come in options like the 5 LX and 6 Fusion.  Yes, one could argue Shecks has had more than 6 pro model shoes.  Every Ryan Sheckler pro model has performance improvements but sometimes designs has been used from previous models, for example, the Sheckle 5 has the mid-top and one-piece toe designs of the Shecker 4 and side panel vertical lines from the Sheckler 2.  Its almost has if Etnies is retrofitting Ryan Sheckler pro model shoes for each release, except for this one.

3 Colorways

Here’s the interesting thing, the shoe is actually called the Marana and not the Sheckler 7.  The Etnies Marana Shoes come in black/white, grey/white, or red/white.  Within the Marana shoe styles Shecks has a select colorway – red/white.  The only major difference between the red/white colorway and the others, from what we’ve seen, is the removable  insole with the Ryan Sheckler RS iconic logo and Ryan Sheckler’s name screen printed near the heel cup.  People may get confused as to what insole they’ll receive if they purchase a red/white pair of Etnies Marana Shoes…The samples we shot (gallery below) have the same insole that the other colorways have, yet all of the advertising images show that the Etnies Marana Ryan Sheckler Shoes have Ryan Sheckler branding on the red/white insole.  Does it really matter?  Nope.

Etnies Marana Shoe Key Features

Injected rubber toe cap – Skate longer & harder.
Injection EVA midsole – Like a pillow.
400 NBS rubber with deep Flex grooves – Feel the grip.

The Interior Plain Project

The Interior Plain Project Dark Meadows Collection

The Interior Plain ProjectThere isn’t a board company based out of the Midwest with as much heart and soul as The Interior Plain Project.  Pete Harvioux has the visionary mind behind The Interior Plain Project which started in 2001 with something simple…stickers.  With a factory ready to produce decks Pete decided to halt the operation until a better time, that time is now.

The Interior Plain Project Harrow Snowboard

The Interior Plain Project Harrow Snowboard

With a skate style of snowboarding influencing The Interior Plain Project board designs there is no limit to what the decks can or cannot do with true twin shaping.  Straight forward radial sidecut and camber featured in both the Harrow and Honalee boards beat other decks to the punch with a simple approach.    Team riders Joe Mertes, Jack Thonvold, and Matt “Booty” Boudreaux have been thrashing The Interior Plain Project decks to their limits and have been loving every second of it.

The Interior Plain Project Honalee Snowboard

The Interior Plain Project Honalee Snowboard

Keeping the project small The Interior Plain Project is only producing 2 snowboard models in the Dark Meadows Collection for the 2012/2013 season; the Harrow (147cm & 152cm) and the Honalee (156cm).  The Honalee Snowboard is a knife to the stomach of snowboarding that offers a tremendous amount of pop and hella’ (9mm) camber.  The Interior Plain Project knows its market, and for that it created the poppy jib press friendly 2mm cambered Harrow Snowboard.  But wait, there’s more…The Interior Plain Project also released softgoods too; hats, t-shirts, sweatshirts, and hoodies.

Expect The Interior Plain Project to blow up.  The company is small and sold only to select retailers (we’re stoked to be one), and it’s only the beginning.  Stay tuned for more.

Most Comfortable Snowboard Boots

Burton Total Comfort Technology

Headed out West for New Year’s? Are you a weekend warrior? Whatever the case, no one wants to spend precious days on the mountain breaking their new boots in. And who’s to say that the boots will even break in to your liking! Burton tacked this problem hard. Total Comfort Technology drastically lessens or eliminates the break in period for your snowboard boots. That means your boots will fit the same as they did out of the box for days on snow to come. It’s pretty sweet and Burton is the only snowboard boot manufacture offering this unreal technology. Pick your weapon…

Men’s Snowboard BootsHail, Rampant, Tyro, Ambush, Driver X, Imperial, Ion, Moto, Ruler, SLX
Women’s Snowboard BootsBootique, Chloe, Axel, Emerald, FelixMint

Total Comfort is a new boot construction that eliminates the break in period for good. Shifting the placement of the lower lacing eyelets and reshaping the toe box eliminates pressure on the forefoot. The result is a boot that feels instantly broken in right out of the box and just as comfortable from shop floor to season opener and everyday thereafter.

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2013 Good Wood Snowboards

When it comes to Snowboard tests and reviews, the TransWorld Good Wood Awards are by far the most recognized and highly anticipated board test of the year. Over a six day period a solid group of 18 riders took Mt Bachelor like fish to water.   The crew of miscreants tested hundreds of the worlds best board and after a long deliberation only a few survived.  The 2013 Good Wood award winning snowboards are now out, so what are you waiting for? Get yours new deck before there are all gone.

Good Wood Snowboards Over $450

Capita Black Snowboard Of Death 

Good Wood winner of the Over $450 All-Mountain snowboards category.

Features of the Capita The Black Snowboard

  • P2 SUPERLIGHT Core
  • Custom Weave – Basalt Fiberglass Configuration
  • 4 x 20mm Basalt V Tech Reinforcements
  • Wax Infused Rotation Sintered Speed Base
  • New Age Directional Sidecut with Death Grip™
  • Silkscreened + Die Cut Base Graphics
  • PLT Topsheet Technology
  • 360 Degree Steel Edges
  • Full ABS Sidewalls With Silkscreened Graphics
  • 4 x 2 Inserts
  • Aluminum Logo Base Inlay
  • Waist Width (cm): 25.30 (156), 25.6 (159), 25.9 (162), 26.2 (165)

Gnu Impossible A.S.S. Pickle

Good Wood winner of the Over $450 All-Mountain snowboards category.

Features of the GNU Impossible A.S.S Snowboard:

  • Twin Asym Sym Sync.
  • Freestyle Shape And Geometries
  • Elliptical Banana Camber Combo
  • Magne Traction
  • Magnesium Fiber
  • Columbian Gold Eco Core
  • Bio Beans Topsheet
  • Glow In The Dark Sidewalls
  • Sintered Speed Base
  • Flex 5-7 Depending On Size
  • Waist Width (cm): 25.1 (152), 25.3 (155), 25.5 (159)

K2 Happy Hour Snowboard

Good Wood winner of the Over $450 Park snowboards category.

Features of the K2 Happy Hour Snowboard

  • Flatline  Tweakend Profile Sho
  • Ollie Bar
  • Carbon Web I™
  • Flatline Tweakend Baseline
  •  Hybritaper Construction
  • Stabby Twin Shape:
  • Centered Stance
  • WH3 Core:
  •  Triax / ICG10 Glass:
  •  NEW Carbon Web I & NEW Ollie Bar Torsion forks:
  • 4000 Sintered Base
  • Base Bevel: 1 degree
  • Waist Width (cm): 27.40 (151), 24.90 (154), 25.1 (157), 25.3 (159), 25.5

Lib Tech T Rice Pro HP

Good Wood winner of the Over $450 All-Mountain snowboards category.

Features of the Lib Tech T.Rice Pro C2BTX HP Snowboard

  • C2 Power Banana / Camber Combo Techwith Magne-Traction (C2 BTX)
  • Horsepower basalt construction
  • Columbian Gold Core
  • Twin
  • Bio beans sparkle top sheet
  • Sintered base
  • Flex: 7
  • Waist Width (cm): 25.3 (153), 25.8 (157), 26 (161.5), 26.2 (164.5)

Salmon Man’s Board Snowboard

Good Wood winner of the Over $450 All-Mountain snowboards category.

Features of the Salomon Man’s Board

  • Directional Twin
  • Camber
  •  Quadratic Side Cut
  • ABC Green Roll, Popster Construction
  • Ghost Basalt Stringers, BA MD
  • Core Type: Ghost Green
  •  Bamboo + Cork Rails Suspension
  • Sintered EG Base
  • Fine Stone Finish Factory Finish
  • All Mountain Edge Bevel
  • Waist Width (cm): 24.9 (153), 25.2 (156), 25.6 (159), 25.8 (162), 26.1 (165)

Salomon Villain snowboard

Good Wood  winner in over $450 in the Park category.

 Features of the Salomon Villain Snowboard:

  • True Twin
  • Rock Out Camber
  • EQ RAD Side Cut
  • Popster Booster Construction
  • Core Type: Aspen SLCT
  • Suspension: Royal Rubber Pads
  • Base: Sintered EG
  • Factory Finish: Medium Stone Finish
  • Freestyle Edge Bevel
  • Waist Width (cm): 24.2 (147), 24.7 (150), 25.0 (153), 25.2 (155), 25.4 (158)
  • The Villain Wide
    • Waist Width (cm): 25.9 (155W), 26.2 (158W)

Good Wood Snowboards Under $450

Burton Superhero Snowboard

Good Wood winner in the Under $449 Park category.

 

 Features of the Burton Super Hero Wide Snowboard

  • Feel: 3
  • Hi-Speed Quad Package
  • Nug Raduction
  • The Channel
  • Flat Top Bend
  • Twin shape and flex
  • Super Fly Core with Dualzone™ EGD™
  • Triax Fiberglass
  • Base: Sintered
  • Sidewalls: 10:45
  • Squeezebox, Side Effects, Jumper Cables Hi-Voltage, Scoop, Frostbite Edges, Pro-Tip™, and Infinite Ride™
  • Raduction Downsize 4 to 5cm From Normal Board Length
  • Length (cm): 151W, 154W, 158W
  • Superhero Wide Waist Width (cm): 26.1 (151W), 26.4 (154W), 26.6 (158W)

 

Salomon Sabotage Snowboard

Good Wood winner in the Under $449 Park category.

Features of the Salomon Sabotage Snowboard:

  • Shape Profile: Flat Out Camber
  • Side Cut: EQ5
  • Popster, BA MD Construction:
  • Aspen Strong Core
  • Suspension: Royal Rubber Pads
  • Sintered Base
  • Standard Stone Finish
  • Freestyle Edge Bevel
  • Waist Width (cm): 24.5 (148), 24.7 (152), 24.8 (154), 25.0 (156), 25.1 (159)
  • Salomon Sabotage also comes in a Wide 158.

Captita Ultra Fear FK Snowboard

Good Wood winner winner in the Under $449 Park category.

Features of the Captia Ultrafear Fk Snowboard

  • Flex 6
  • DS SELECT Core
  • Die Cut Sidewalls with 1.5mm Dampening System
  • Custom Weave E Class Fiberglass Configuration
  • Wax Infused Rotation Sintered Speed Base
  • Die-Cut / Screened Combo Base Graphics
  • 360 wrapped Degree Steel Edges
  • Aluminum Logo Base Inlay
  • Waist Width (147)24.8, (151) 25.2, (153) 25.35, (155) 25.5, (157) 25.6

Capita Defenders of Awesome Snowboard

Good Wood winner in the Under $449 Park category.

Features of the Capita Defenders Of Awesome Snowboard

  • Mid Flex 5 out of 10
  • SELECT Core
  • 6-K Fiberglass Configuration
  • 2 x 20mm Carbon Kevlar Beams
  • PLT Topsheet
  • HMC Extruded Die Cut Base
  • Direct Digital + Silkscreened Topsheet
  • 360 Degree Steel Edges
  • Aluminum Logo Base Inlay
  • Waist Width (cm): 24.8 (152), 25 (154), 25.2 (156), 25.4 (158), 25.7 (160)

 

K2 Ray Gun Snowboard

Good Wood winner of the Under $449 All-Mountain category.

Key Features of the K2 Raygun Snowboard:

  • All Terrain Rocker
  • Damping: Standard
  • Hybritaper Construction
  • Shape: Twin Hyper Progressive
  • Stance: Setback ¾” (1.9 cm)
  •  W1 Core
  •  Biax / ICG10 Glass
  • Base: 2000 Extruded
  • Base Bevel: 1º
  • Length (cm): 150, 153, 156, 159, 161
  • Waist Width (cm): 24.5 (150), 24.7 (153), 24.9 (156), 25.1 (159), 25.3
  • Wide Waist Width (cm): 26.2 (157W), 26.5 (160W), 26.8 (164W)

Ride Crush Snowboard

Good Wood  winner in the Under $449 Park category.

Key Features of the Ride Crush Snowboard:

  • Shape : LowRize
  • Stance : Centered
  • Flex-O-Meter: 3
  • Thin Con
  • 85A Slimewalls
  • Membrain
  • LowRize Rocker
  • Foundation Tuned Core
  • Cleave Edge
  • Biaxial Glass
  • Fusion 1500 Base
  • Waist Width (cm): 24.9 (147), 25.1 (152), 25.3 (155), 25.5 (158)
  • Wide Waist Widths Cm: 25.9 (153W), 26.1 (156W)

Salomon Salomander Snowboard

Good Wood winner in the Under $449 Park category.

Features of the Salomon Salomonder

Top Ten Men’s Boards Under $449
Burton Super Hero (park), Burton Parkitect (park), Salomon Sabotage (park), Capita, Ultrafear FK (park), Capita Defenders of Awesome (park), K2 Raygun (all-mountain), Nitro T1.5 (all-mountain), Ride Crush (all-mountain), Salomon Salomonder (park), Yes Jackpot (park)

2013 Good Wood Men’s Snowboards Over $450
Capita Black Snowboard of Death (all-mountain), GNU Impossible A.S.S Pickle (all-mountain), K2 Happy Hour (park)
Lib T.Rice Horsepower Pro (all-mountain), Lib TRS (all-mountain), Nitro Rook (all-mountain)
Salomon Man’s Board (all-mountain), Salomon Villain (park), Slash ATV (all-mountain), YES the Greats (all-mountain)

 Womens Good Wood Snowboard Under $449
GNU Velvet Guru (all-mountain), Salomon Oh Yeah (park), Rome Lo-Fi Rocker (park), Roxy Ally (all-mountain), Burton Lipstick (park)

 Womens  Good Wood Snowboard Over $450
Roxy Eminence (all-mountain), Forum Spinster (park), Rome Gold (all-mountain), Lib TRS Narrows (all-mountain), GNU B-Pro (all-mountain)

 

 

2013 Emerica Skate Shoes Sneak Peak

Emerica Skate Shoes

Depending on your age, Emerica Skate Shoes have probably been around for longer than you have skated.  With a  superhero team of riders, Emerica has been at the forefront of innovative technology and rider driven ideas.

The probability that you’ve skated in a pair of Emerica’s is high.  And why wouldn’t you?  Their whole line is built upon a foundation of tough shoes that take a beating.  If you’ve never skated Emericas, well, get on it.

 

Andrew Reynolds Shoes

1987 was a great year for skateboarding, it was the year Andrew Reynolds started skateboarding at age 9.  From his humble upbringings in Florida Drew has built up a cult following of his pro model skate shoes and the company he started, Baker Skateboards.  From tech tricks to massive drops Drew does it all in Emerica Skate Shoes.  The 2013 Emerica Andrew Reynolds Skate Shoes are mad!

Bryan Herman Shoes

Bagging up a list of nicknames longer than Snoop Lion’s record Bryan Herman continually reaches the outer limits of awesomeness.  Born on April 10th, 1986 in Victorville, CA (where is currently resides) Bryan has opened the door of opportunity and accepted his fate as a dominating powerhouse for Emerica.  With multiple color options the 2013 Emerica Bryan Herman Skate Shoes are a show stopper.

 

2013 Hyperlite Franchise Jimmy LaRiche Wakeboard Review

Hyperlite Franchise

The first thing you’ll enviously notice staring that the Hyperlite Franchise Wakeboard is the graphic.  The Hyperlite Visual Liberation is a collection of wakeboards that draws inspiration from a worldly group of desingers.  The Hyperlite Franchise’s graphic was created by Theocy Design.  Clap your hands with a big stance for those guys.  But that’s not all…

Digging deeper into the Hyperlite Franshise you’ll see more than meets the eyes.  Legendary Greg Nelson designed the shape specifically to meet the vast riding needs of Jimmy LaRiche.  You don’t have to be a pro to thrash the Franchise, you can be an average Joe and still enjoy every bit of this continuous rockered lucky charm.

Like going fast and need a deck that will skyrocket you past the cables?  The Tapered Channels narrow and shoot through the Dual Fin Configuration – combine that with the Enduro Base and blast yourself into the flats of next week.  From the Layered Glass to the Monocoque Construction the Hyperlite Franchise is built to take a beating.

Go ahead, leap into the future you’ve never dreamed of with the Hyperlite Franchise.

 

2013 Quiksilver Travis Rice Collection

 

2013 Quiksilver Travis Rice Collection

Yeah, yeah, yeah there has been a lot of talk about Travis Rice lately.  He was the star of the Art of Flight that came out earlier this season, he was the man behind the Red Bull Supernatural event, and he dates a supermodel (well, she’s pretty close).  When you’re rising to the top of the sports world, and get asked to be on late night talk shows, the opportunities of life swing their doors wide open for you.  For 2013 Quiksilver will release the Travis Rice Collection and it’s nothing short of amazing.  Here’s a sneak peak into a full kit of goodies that Travis will be riding next season…

 

Quiksilver Travis Rice Collection Symbol Jacket

Could the Quiksilver Travis Rice Collection Symbol Jacket be the most sought after snowboard jacket of all time?  Yes.  The Quiksilver Travis Rice – Scott Serfas collaboration Serfas Stripe Print pattern is a mind blowing combination of fabric, life, and art.

 

Quiksilver Travis Rice Collection Aspect Jacket

Everyone needs a puffy jacket.  Everyone needs more Travis Rice in their lives.  Everyone needs the Quiksilver Travis Rice Collection Aspect Jacket.  This fabulous piece of clothing is the Chuck Norris of snowboard jackets.

 

Quiksilver Travis Rice Collection Cityscape Base Layer

A guy walks into a bar wearing a Quiksilver Travis Rice Collection Cityscape Base Layer after slaying pow all day and the girls flock to him because he looks so good.  No joke.

 

Quiksilver Travis Rice Collection Shadow Pant

You’ll cast no shadows with this ray of light called the Quiksilver Travis Rice Collection Shadow Pant.  The relaxed fit is big enough to sag without looking like an emo kid.

 

Quiksilver Travis Rice Collection Square Mitt

It’s a tough decision trying to choose whether or not to wear gloves or mittens.  The Quiksilver Travis Rice Collection Square Mitt is the spork of the glove and mitten world.  Removable glove liners and a trigger finger mitt shell will keep your digits toasty all season long.

 

Ryan Paul Pro Colorway – Switchback Bindings


Switchback Bindings Ryan Paul Pro Colorway

Of all the Switchback Binding Pro Colorways RP’s is our favorite.  Although the Miami Dolphins haven’t been the same since Dan Marino retired, Ryan Paul is bringing the colors back to life.  Customize your Switchback Bindings and ride the PR Colorway!

 



 

Burton TouchTec Gloves Technology

You’re running around down town on foot just a hair before midnight trying to find which bar your friends have taken over. It’s 18 degrees out. Your bare hands are so cold that your touchscreen phone won’t budge. You put your gloves on for a few minutes to warm them up. The moment you take your gloves off to try texting your posse again, your hands refreeze. Sound familiar? Well, a bunch of companies have created gloves that work with touchscreen phones and music players. The vast majority of these gloves are either knit or constructed with a super thin material that won’t even take the chill off in 50 degree weather. I don’t know about you, but I wear gloves to keep my hands warm.

Burton has hands down created the best, most functional, comfortable and warmest touch screen glove. Above all, it even has incredible dexterity. They’ve teamed up with TouchTec to create a supple and buttery leather that enables us of touch screen devices. In addition, the Pinnacle Glove, Gondy Glove and Veda Glove are all waterproof and breathable. Whether on the lift or cruising town, get ready to make a call, skip a song or snap a pic with your gloves on. Check out all of Burtons Gloves here.

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Have you ever wanted to text somebody, but it’s way too cold out to take your glove off? Well, want no more with Burton’s TouchTec Technology you yourself can be staying connected all over the glove with friends and family and keeping your hand warm at the same time. This revolutionary nano technology creates genuine leather that combines a supple, buttery feel and rugged waterproof breath-ability with the freedom to use your touch screen phone or music player while using your gloves.

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Fabric Glossary

Fabric Glossary

Outdoor clothing technology is rapidly changing with each season. Just when you think your battery operated thermal jacket is the best purchase ever, a lighter weight body heat reflective liner comes out. And when you dive in to do some research on your own, you’re frustrated by a language of acronyms! Well, you shouldn’t have to work in the outdoor clothing industry to know what all this fabric, treatment and material jargon means. We’ve provide you with a thorough fabric glossary so you can understand what product descriptions actually mean! Once you review it, cruise on back to The House’s men’s jackets and women’s jackets to put your new fabric deciphering skills to the test.

  • Breathable – Fabric with the ability to allow sweat vapors to move from the inside of the jacket to the outside.
  • Canvas – A strong, durable, closely woven cotton fabric.
  • Chambray – A plain woven fabric that can be made from cotton, silk or manufactured fibers. However, it is most commonly cotton. Chambray incorporates a colored warp (often blue) and white filling yarns.
  • Coated – Fabrics that are coated with urethane on the outside for water resistance.
  • Cotton – A white vegetable fiber grown in warmer climates in many parts of the world, cotton has been used to produce many types of fabric for hundreds of years. Cotton fabric feels nice against the skin regardless of the temperature or the humidity and is therefore in great demand by consumers.
  • Denier – The mass of a strand of yarn. One unit of yarn number is equal to the weight in grams of 9,000 meters of yarn. The thicker the thread, the higher the denier, the heavier the fabric.
  • Dobby – A decorative weave, characterized by small figures or patterns (usually geometric) that are woven into the fabric structure.
  • Domestic – Made in the USA.
  • Double Knit – A weft knit fabric in which two layers of loops are formed that cannot be separated. A double knit machine with two complete sets of needles is required for this fabric construction.
  • DWR – Stands for durable water repellent. It typically refers to water repellent coatings that force the water to bead up on fabrics, thereby preventing saturation.
  • Embossing – A calendering process in which fabrics are engraved with the use of heated rollers under pressure to produce a raised design on the fabric surface.
  • Embroidery – An embellishment of a fabric or garment in which colored threads are sewn on to the fabric to create a design. Embroidery may be done either by hand or machine and is often used for brand logos.
  • Faux Fur – Artificial fur made from synthetic material.
  • Face Fabric – The outside surface of the fabric.
  • Flannel – Typically, a 100% cotton fabric that has been brushed on one or both sides for softness. It is sometimes used as lining in outdoor apparel.
  • Fleece – Soft synthetic fabric made from Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) or other synthetic fibers that stretches across the grain. It is often used for jackets, vests, linings and performance shirts.
  • Gingham – A medium weight, plain weave fabric with a plaid or check pattern.
  • Gore-Tex®Gore-Tex® is a waterproof/breathable registered trademarked fabric. Countless brands incorporate Gore-Tex into their garments. Trusted and proven for years, Gore-Tex® fabrics are created by laminating a Gore-Tex® membrane to high performance textiles, followed by a sealed treatment of a waterproofing agent.
  • Hand – Feel of a fabric.
  • Herringbone – A variation on a twill weave construction in which the twill is reversed, or broken, at regular intervals, thereby producing a zig-zag effect. Herringbone is often found on outerwear.
  • Import – Made outside of the USA.
  • Jacquard – Woven fabrics manufactured by using the Jacquard attachment on the loom. This attachment provides versatility in designs and permits individual control of each of the warp yarns. Thus, fabrics of almost any type or complexity can be made. There is typically and up charge for outerwear featuring a jacquard.
  • Laminate – Fabric constructed of layers laminated together, as in a waterproof-breathable laminate.
  • Loft – The depth of a fabric.
  • Lycra – A DuPont trademark for its spandex fiber.  Lycra is comfortable, allows free range of movement and retains shape that won’t wash away.
  • Mesh Lining – Holds less moisture than other types of lining.   Many times you will see taffeta and micro-mesh combined in RTW (ready to wear) garments, with taffeta on the sleeves and below the powder skirt and micro-mesh in the body of the item.
  • Microfiber – Fabric made of synthetic yarns of less than one denier per filament.
  • Moleskin – Resists wrinkling and has a beautiful sueded look on the face. The reverse has a satiny look and feel. Generally, moleskin will contain 2-4% spandex. It is popular for pants, jackets and heavy shirts.
  • Nylon – The first completely synthetic fiber developed. Known for its high strength and excellent resilience, nylon has superior abrasion resistance and high flexibility.
  • Oxford – Fabric with a small basket weave (2 x 1), a fine warp and and coarse fill.
  • Ply – Typically refers to how many yarns make up a thread. A fabric made of 3-ply thread will be stronger than one made of 2-ply thread. Ply is sometimes used to refer to how many layers are in laminated or waterproof/breathable fabrics.
  • Polypropylene  – A synthetic Olefin fiber made from propylene.
  • Polyester – Man-made fiber made of synthetic polymers.
  • Preload – Referring to cordlocks, the hole is held open until you release it.
  • Rayon – A natural fiber created from wood pulp. It usually has good drape and a soft hand. It’s often used for tops, shirts, skirts and dresses.
  • Sealcoat – Fabric that has multiple layers of urethane coating making it heat sealable.
  • Spandex – A manufactured elastomeric fiber that can be repeatedly stretched over 500% without breaking. Even after stretching, it will still recover to its original length.
  • Supplex – A Dupont trademark for one of several textured nylons (not Taslan, however). It is a very high filament yarn (66 filaments per yarn) that is “air-dried” to give it an incredibly soft texture.
  • Taffeta – A plain weave fabric (1 x 1) that is smooth on both sides. Nylon taffeta is commonly used for linings and windbreakers.
  • Taslan – A fiber process used generically to describe a type of texture. The Taslan process of “air-drying” nylon filaments is applied to heavier yarns to create a soft fabric.
  • Thread Count – Number of threads per inch.
  • Tricot Knit – Flexible knitted fabric.3 Layer Fabric
  • Tweed – A medium to heavy weight, fluffy, woolen, twill weave fabric containing colored slubbed yarns. Tweed is a fashion forward look on outerwear.
  • Twill – A fabric that shows a distinct diagonal wale on the face (as in denim).
  • Waterproof/Breathable – Refers to any fabric with a PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene) coating laminated to the inside, that both repels water and moves moisture and vapor from the inside to the outside. Gore-tex® is the most known of these types of fabrics although many brands have developed their own line of fabrics with the same or similar properties.

Comment below if you feel we’ve missed something and we’ll add to this list asap.