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 warm, dry 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 retainment (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, non-shrinking
  • 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’: Non-Allergenic

Highest Quality Fabric Construction

Stripes Gear superior quality starts with the fabric used to make the clothes.The fabric used in Stripes Gear polypropylene thermals has been developed and refined over the last 20 years to maximize performance. Stripes fabric combines high thermal efficiency together with a dynamic action 4-way stretch cloth. The result is clothes you want to live in: a warm stylish garment with a comfortable non-restrictive feel.

Stripes uses PREMIUM fabric which is thicker and more full-bodied than that used in most other polypropylene garment. This is due to a higher knitting count per square centimetre for Stripes fabric vs. other manufacturers, which results in a denser, warmer fabric. Other manufactures typically use lighter fabric weights anywhere between 135 - 170 grams/meter. Stripes fabric boasts a weight of 175 grams per square meter!

Stripes Gear's premium fabric is a fundamental factor in its high thermal performance and unequalled "Moisture Management Capability". More yarn within the fabric, means greater and faster moisture transfer, and warmer and dryer bodies inside.

Strategic Garment Construction and Design

In any apparel product, the weakest areas are most likely to be the seams. Seams can be "bulky" where multiple layers of layers of fabric come together, and also result in the introduction of non-polypropylene components (threads of cotton, polyesters, nylons etc.) It can be extremely irritating to be aware of "pressure build up" where bulky seams are trapped next to the skin underneath outer garments. 

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

The fewer seams in base layer the better! With this in mind, a tubular knit construction fabric is used in our adult Stripes Gear styles, which allows for design patterns that minimize the number of seams within many of our base layer styles. 

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, a range of body shapes and sizes. Different base layer models have also been specifically designed to fit different body types for kids, women and men. Our sizes are reflective of true sizing, and do not need to be sold "one size up".