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Fiber Characteristics

PLA FIBER

Manufactured Fiber - (NatureWorks PLA, a corn-based polymer)

CHARACTERISTICS:

  • Similar to Cotton in appearance.
  • Natural fiber hand.
  • Wickability/breathability of natural fibers.
  • Good performance qualities.
  • Made from a renewable resource, which is biodegradable.
  • Good flammability resistance.
  • High UV resistance.
  • Excellent drapeability.
  • Can be used in blends with cotton and polyester, or alone.

 

MAJOR END USES:

  • Apparel - Early markets for this new fiber include lingerie, men's shirts, active sportswear, outerwear, and performance wear.

Comment - The PLA in the fibers name stands for poly-lactic-acid. The fiber can be used in blends with cotton and polyester, or alone. PLA is biodegradable like natural fibers. In the future, it is anticipated that microfibers will be made from the fiber as well.

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DRAPER BODY THERAPY® SHOULDER WRAP
This Body Therapy® Shoulder Wrap offers comfortable, luxurious therapeutic relief in a versatile wrap. The Wrap is 24" x 5" and is made for relief in the shoulders/neck and helps to ease tension. It is available in gray (37% Celliant® Polyester/63% Cotton) or blue (50% Celliant® (Polyester/50% Tencel ), with a flax seed filler inside. It can be placed in the freezer for soothing cool therapy or in the microwave for a soothing heat.
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KATHMANDU ARCHON 65L BACKPACK v4
If you're new to multi-day hiking, or enjoy tackling the occasional Great Walk, the 65L Archon is the pack for you: sturdy and reliable, made from tough Cordura® fabric, it has everything you need (bottle pockets, pole and bed-roll attachments) and nothing you don't. The easily adjustable RS2 harness has a small to XL range built in to the harness design. The padded and stiffened hip-belt and shaped alloy frame-stays transfer the load where it needs to be, while the padded EVA shoulder straps, adjustable sternum straps and padded back panel makes the trek over the Tongariro Crossing more comfortable.
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