Velcro USA Inc, a company best-known for its hook and loop fasteners, has launched a new high-performance breathable fabric that is said to be virtually imperceptible to the wearer.

The Evaptex fabric is aimed at the medical market and for lining turnout gear and fire protection suits, where it wicks water away from the skin and allows air to circulate while staying temperature-neutral.

Other features of the woven textile include a soft surface next to the skin, anti-microbial properties from the material's silver ion technology to eliminate odours and repel harmful bacteria, and a Velcro-compatible surface for a perfect fit.

"In essence, you are wearing a fabric that feels like it isn't there," explains Daryl Pfaff, senior marketing manager and leader of the team that invented Evaptex.