Global sports and activewear brands rely on Darlington compression fabrics and durable finishes to help athletes perform at their peak. We specialize in consistent, customized colors and Prepared for Print (PFP) applications using our high-quality nylon/spandex and poly/spandex fabrics. In addition, we offer a range of 100% Nylon and 100% Polyester meshes and tricots – when your sport doesn’t require stretch.
Our goal is to provide you with the optimal combination of fibers and finishes. From moisture-wicking to anti-odor and soil release, Darlington offers a full range of performance technologies to meet the needs of today’s athlete.
Fabric performance features often come down to the knit construction. Since warp-knits have no natural stretch, Darlington builds in exacting elasticity and control by incorporating various deniers of spandex into the finished fabric.
Darlington stretch warp-knits are ideal for compression garments – providing comfort, support and stability for athletes. Designed into your products, our fabrics can improve blood flow and relieve muscle stiffness and soreness.
According to global standards, a UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) rating number and Protection Category are assigned to a fabric depending on how much UV radiation is blocked out. Many of our fabrics are designed and constructed to achieve a balance between high UV protection, comfort and durability.
The Challenge – Our client required an open hole mesh’ football jersey fabric that would not slit or tear upon impact. In addition, the fabric had to be visually appealing and look strong.
The Action – A special yarn was required to achieve the strength and requested stitch. Darlington collaborated with a premier yarn supplier to source and develop the material.
The Solution – Together with our client, we developed a revolutionary fabric that offers outstanding performance on-field and is visually appealing.
The Challenge – We were asked to develop a rigid fabric that supported the recycling objectives of our client’s licensee. In addition, the new fabric had to provide consistent physical and color quality across dye lots with quick turnaround from order receipt to ship date.
The Action – A close collaboration was required between Darlington, our client, the yarn manufacturer and sewing contractors.
The Solution – The fabric, developed from 100% post-consumer polyester (water bottles), was developed and launched and now has a three-year track record of success.
The Challenge – Our client needed a fabric that was durable, lightweight and breathable to be used as a close fitting vest component for a game-changing pad system
The Action – Darlington created a new fabric style by using specific denier yarns in an existing stitch pattern.
The Solution – We successfully integrated new yarns and spandex into the final product, which is changing contact sports forever.