Discover Stripes! Thermal Base Layers for everyone.

Why is Polypropylene good for you and your Kids?

Polypropylene thermals are the ideal next-to-skin garment for any outdoor activity or for just keeping you warm on those cold days & nights. The polypropylene fiber transfers perspiration to the outside of the garment to evaporate – creating a personal ‘climate control zone’ and preventing post-exercise chill.

Soft and comfortable to wear

  • Non-allergenic, no itch
  • Polypropylene has the best thermal properties of any known fiber - natural or man made
  • Lowest moisture regains (minimal absorption) - hygienic, garments stay light ‘n’ dry, whereas Merino/wool (wicks & absorbs moisture) becomes wet, heavy, and clammy.
  • Floats in water (fabulous underneath wet suits)
  • Easy care (machine HOT washable), durable, color-fast, non staining
  • Dries super quickly

 Skin safe and eco-friendly

Polypropylene does not contain harmful substances:

  • Unlike some other man-made fibers, Polypropylene does not use chemical coatings to enhance performance
  • Color pigments are locked into the Polypropylene fiber, so the yarn does not need to be dyed (no heavy metals, or other harmful by-products as used in wool dyeing/processing)
  • ‘Chemically inert’: Polypropylene consists of just two naturally occurring elements, carbon and hydrogen. (non allergenic)

Fabric Construction

The fabric used in Stripes Gear polypropylene thermals has been developed and refined over the last 20 years, culminating in a fabric that is today widely regarded as the ultimate marriage of maximum thermal efficiency, together with a dynamic action non-restrictive cloth. Whilst this (1x1 rib) fabric is generally referred to as a "normal weight", it is in comparison with others in this class, a PREMIUM fabric being a thicker and more full-bodied fabric which boasts a weight of 175 grams per square metre (of fabric).

This is due to a higher knitting count per square centimetre being used than most other manufacturers, who use inferior lighter fabric weights anywhere between 135 grams to 170 grams. This premium fabric is a fundamental and crucial factor in Polypropylene thermal garments that "PERFORM". In considering the unequalled "Moisture Management Capability" of polypropylene itself - more yarn within the fabric, quite simply, means greater and faster moisture transfer.

Garment Construction and Design

In any apparel product, the weakest areas are most likely to be the seams. With this in mind, a tubular knit construction fabric was actively sought, as this would lessen the number of seams within a number of underwear styles. Seams produce a "bulking" of fabric and together with the introduction of non-polypropylene components (threads of cotton, polyesters, nylons etc.) can cause excessive discomfort and irritation to the wearer.

Many people are acutely aware of "pressure build up" from bulky seams trapped next to the skin underneath outer garments.

Side seams in tops can be a major source of these discomfort areas, particularly in the underarm (4 fabric pieces come together in a point!) and at the waist.

After all, what we were looking for was a warm "SECOND SKIN" with prerequisites of COMFORT, WARMTH, and DURABILITY.

As our fabric has a tremendous S-T-R-E-T-C-H capability, a fabric tube width has been selectively engineered to cater for, and satisfy, the majority of body shapes and sizes that our garments can be expected to fit. Our sizes are more reflective of true sizing, and do not need to be sold "one size up".