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The Advantages of Stretch Woven Fabrics

Stretch woven fabrics have become increasingly popular in the production of outdoor apparel over the years - and for good reason. These fabrics offer a range of benefits that make them ideal for outdoor activities. 

One of the major advantages of stretch woven fabrics is their flexibility and comfort. The addition of spandex or elastane fibers allows the fabric to stretch and move with the body, providing a superior level of freedom of movement. This is especially important for outdoor activities such as hiking, climbing, or running. The stretch in the fabric allows for a full range of motion, without any restrictions, enhancing performance and preventing discomfort.

Another benefit of stretch woven fabrics is their durability and resistance to wear and tear. They are designed to withstand the harsh conditions often encountered in outdoor settings. Rough terrains, abrasive surfaces, and unpredictable weather are no problem. These fabrics are constructed to be strong and long-lasting, ensuring that they can handle the rigors of outdoor activities without becoming damaged or worn out easily (also making these fabrics perfect for military/tactical end uses).

Stretch woven fabrics are also often moisture-wicking and breathable. They have the ability to wick away sweat and moisture from the body, keeping it dry and comfortable even during intense physical activities. By allowing air to circulate and evaporate moisture, these fabrics prevent the build-up of sweat and reduce the risk of overheating or discomfort, especially in hot and humid environments.

Additionally, stretch woven fabrics offer a lightweight and compact option for outdoor apparel. They have a high strength-to-weight ratio, meaning that they provide excellent strength and performance while remaining lightweight. This is particularly advantageous for outdoor enthusiasts who need to carry their gear for long distances.


The benefits of using stretch woven fabrics in outdoor apparel are numerous. From improved flexibility and comfort to durability and moisture-wicking properties, stretch woven fabrics provide essential advantages for those engaging in outdoor activities. Whether it's for hiking, climbing, running, or any other outdoor pursuit.

Looking for stretch woven fabrics to use in your next project? Check out our line of SAM Stretch Wovens. Featuring various weights, weaves, and finishes to meet pretty much any need. Contact us or give us a call at 440-899-8050 for pricing, samples, and more information.

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