“Many products, particularly those in the high end, now boast smoother,
thinner and stronger seams. For this, factories are employing 4-needle,
6-thread flatlock machines instead of the usual 3-needle, 5-thread
variants. The enhanced seaming makes garments lighter and more
comfortable to wear. ” “..
Recent sports tops and pants are also breathable, and moisture-absorbent
or -wicking. Depending on the activity for which they are designed,
styles may be water-, wind- or odor-resistant, quick-drying,
warmth-retentive, anti-bacterial or UV-protective.
In addition, companies are following the aesthetic trends in casual
wear. Women’s models come in feminine hues such as rose red and pastel
blue, while men’s variants adopt white, black, navy blue and other
neutral colors. ” “..
Several feature abstract patterns or boast portions in contrasting
shades. Dye-sublimation printing is increasingly being utilized for
logos as it provides more vivid graphics without affecting the clothes’
Companies in China offer a range of sports tops and pants. Basketball
jerseys and shorts are made of pure polyester or cotton-polyester
weighing 120 to 160gsm. The collars are often ribbed. Products have
printed or embroidered motifs. Upscale versions typically emphasize odor
and UV resistance, and anti-bacterial and quick-dry properties.
Soccer jerseys and shorts usually come in 100 percent polyester,
although up to 5 percent spandex can be added for enhanced comfort. The
fabrics are between 120 and 200gsm. Designs highlight interlock
neckbands and reinforced shoulder stitches. ” “..
Logos are silk-screened, transfer-printed or embroidered. Most styles boast features similar to basketball sets. ” “..
Cotton, polyester and nylon with spandex or Lycra are adopted for yoga
and other kinds of exercise apparel. The line consists of tank tops,
short- and long-sleeved shirts, shorts, capris and long pants. ” “..
Environment-friendly materials such as organic cotton and bamboo
charcoal are commonly used in high-end releases. Such models also boast
quick-dry, and anti-pilling and -bacterial properties. ” “..
Suppliers employ polyester- or nylon-spandex for jogging and cycling
clothes. Products often incorporate reflective piping, zippers or prints
so that they remain visible during rainy or foggy weather.
Jogging pants typically have pockets for holding small items such as
keys and music players. Many cycling jerseys utilize invisible zippers
as the closure and are fitted with back compartments that can store
water bottles. Further, an elastic band is placed on the hem to keep the
shirt flat on the body even if the person is moving at a high speed.
Sports apparel prices depend mainly on the design complexity, materials
and pattern application methods. The majority of China factories
uselocally sourced inputs unless buyers specify otherwise. In general,
imported kinds are more durable than the alternatives, but they also
cost higher. To illustrate, domestically made seat padding for cycling
shorts is valued at $1 per piece. Foreign versions are double the
Low-end releases are below $5 per set, and come in polyester, cotton or
microfiber between 120 and 160gsm. Spandex is sometimes added for
stretch. Going for $5 to $8, midrange styles adopt 160 to 180gsm
polyester or nylon mixed with spandex or Lycra. ” “..
Sportswear above $8 is considered high-end. Functional fabrics,
including Supplex, CoolMax, CoolDry and Tactel, are usually preferred
for such products. Modal, organic cotton, bamboo charcoal and other
“green” textiles are typical options as well. Spandex or Lycra is also
incorporated to enhance comfort. The fabric weight exceeds 180gsm. ” “..
Most inexpensive variants have solid colors, although they can be
decorated with small motifs. Silk-screening, rubber printing and
embroidery are employed for models across all price points. Suppliers,
however, use dye sublimation only on upscale releases as the process
costs about 70 percent higher than the usual methods.