Performance Textile Testing

A variety of functional clothing test methods to validate the performance factors of clothes labelled

as active or sports wear.

Activewear in fashion

Consumer fashion is changing and the need to look and feel good is now starting to incorporate multi-purpose performance wear. Clothing now needs to not only be fashionable, it needs to be functional as well.

Over the past few years activewear has become so popular that it has now created its own category in the clothing and fashion industry.

The demand from consumers for outdoor, fitness, athleisure & sports apparel that offer clothing you can wear from the ‘gym to the bar’ is increasing and will continue to rise as more brands and high street stores create specific ranges labelled as activewear.

What is classed as activewear?

Activewear is a garment, accessory or clothing item which has been designed to provide style and comfort along with functionality for sport and leisure activities.

Consumers who have an active lifestyle and like to spend a lot of time outdoors, prefer to be casually dressed in activewear which keeps them comfortable and functional along with being stylish for multiple occasions.

Did you know?

Activewear also includes accessories and footwear of many varieties and more often than not are made up of sustainable materials.

Performance textile testing by Bureau Veritas CPS

Moisture Management

Moisture management is one of the key performance criteria in today's apparel industry. It is defined as the ability of a garment to transport moisture away from the skin to the garment's outer surface.

Water Proof / Water Resistance

Waterproof is the process of making an object or structure waterproof or water-resistant, so that it remains relatively unaffected by water or resisting the ingress of water under specified conditions. Such items may be used in wet environments or under water to specified depths.

Water Vapour Permeability / Breathability

Water vapour permeability is a measure of the passage of water vapour through the material. It is also known as water vapour transmission rate (WVTR) or moisture vapour transmission rate (MVTR). It is the mass of water vapour transmitted through a unit area in a unit time under specified conditions of temperature and humidity.

Thermal Resistance

Thermal resistance is a heat property and a measurement of a temperature difference by which an object or material resists a heat flow. Thermal resistance is the reciprocal of thermal conductance.

Ultraviolet Protection

Ultraviolet protective clothing is clothing specifically designed for sun protection and is produced from a fabric rated for its level of ultraviolet (UV) protection.

Air Permeability / Wind Proof / Wind Resistance

The rate of air flow passing perpendicularly through a known area of fabric is adjusted to obtain a prescribed air pressure differential between the two fabric surfaces. From this rate of air flow, the air permeability of the fabric is determined.


This test method provides a quantitative/qualitative procedure for the comparison and evaluation of the degree of antibacterial activity on the fabric.

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