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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.

31 Kingsland Grange, Woolston, Warrington, WA1 4RW, Cheshire, UK
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Email: [email protected]

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

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.

Global capabilities for textile testing

Performance testing is just one of the services we offer as part of our softlines programme. We offer
full testing packages for a wide range of products, with 36 dedicated softlines laboratories located in
the major sourcing regions around the world.

Bureau Veritas CPS provides a wide range of innovative solutions for companies looking to protect their
brand, manage risk and save cost. We help our clients improve their regulatory compliance, the quality
of their products and the efficiency of their supply chain.

Bureau Veritas CPS softlines testing capable laboratories

Bangladesh Guatemala Malaysia Taiwan
Cambodia India Pakistan Thailand
China Indonesia Mexico Turkey
Egypt Italy Saudi Arabia United Kingdom
France Japan Singapore United States
Germany Korea Sri Lanka Vietnam

If you would like to hear more about our performance textile testing or to enquire about
any of our other services, you can contact one of our experienced team on:

31 Kingsland Grange, Woolston, Warrington, WA1 4RW, Cheshire, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1925 854 360 Fax: +44 (0)1925 851 654
Email: [email protected]

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