ProDry forms part of James Heal’s performance testing range

ProDry forms part of James Heal’s performance testing range

A new testing instrument has been launched to help activewear manufacturers assess the drying rate of activewear materials and verify that quick-drying fabrics are performing effectively.

Developed by James Heal, which specialises in the design and production of testing equipment and test materials, ProDry enables manufacturers to test the drying rate of fabrics used in base layer garments, football kits, running gear, gym gear, socks and footwear.

Speed of drying is an important consideration for textiles worn next to the skin, especially during intensive sporting activities where perspiration is likely. If the garment remains damp, sweat cannot easily evaporate which often leaves the wearer feeling uncomfortable.

ProDry tests to the AATCC Test Method 201 Drying Rate of Fabrics: Heated Plate Method, and can be configured to accommodate bespoke test methods via an adjustable temperature sensor ensuring compliance is met regardless of how thick the fabric tested is.

The instrument, which is the latest in James Heal's testing range, also records the temperature of the fabric for every second of the test and displays the results in real-time. 

"ProDry is helping manufacturers and brands assess important dry rates of their fabrics and materials by replicating the real conditions they endure to verify that quick-drying fabrics are doing the job expected of them," says Neil Pryke, innovation director.

"This performance effectiveness is what the manufacturers are ultimately aiming to achieve with the materials they use. ProDry provides unparalleled insight into evaporation, and how garments such as active-wear will dry if damp through rain or sweat."

It follows the launch of TruRain, an artificial rain shower testing instrument created specifically to determine the water repellency properties of textiles used in activewear and garments such as waterproof jackets, over trousers and footwear.