Liftfoil3™ - This fabric created by Emilio De Soto is extremely technical. It’s manufactured in Italy and is a De Soto exclusive. It is neither available nor sold to other companies. Liftfoil3™ is a FINA approved hydrophobic and compressive fabric. It is hydrophobic because of a very tight Microweave™, so tight it limits absorption of water and/or sweat. Like our previous Liftfoil fabrics, we have incorporated Forza™ Compressor fibers into the Liftfoil3™. It lifts and supports the muscles; reducing and delaying onset muscle fatigue which is often experienced during endurance performance. Liftfoil3™ is knitted with coldBlack® technology. At speeds below 5 mph (8 kph) the best surface to flow though water is a smooth, hydrophobic surface like Liftfoil3™. Liftfoil3™ is designed to be worn very tight. When stretched on a moving body, Liftfoil3™ becomes thinner, so it absorbs less water. Because it compresses against the skin, it reduces passive drag, and acts as a foil to lift the body at the water surface.
coldBlack® Technology Sun Reflector – UV Protector: Dark colors heat up stronger when exposed to direct sunlight compared to light colors. This no longer needs to happen! coldblack ® provides a special technology for textiles which reduces heat build-up and provides reliable protection from UV rays. coldblack ® technology offers two innovative benefits:
- Effective heat management - Light colored textiles reflect visible and invisible rays of sunlight, meaning both heat and light. Dark colored textiles absorb both types of rays and therefore absorb heat. coldblack ® reduces the absorption of heat rays, particularly in the case of darker colors, and in all types of textiles. The result is tangibly - Better heat management! Textiles finished with coldblack ® heat up less in all colors compared to those without.
- Reliable protection from UV rays - coldblack ® technology guarantees a minimum UPF 30 protection (blocks 70% of UV rays) when applied to any textile in any color without affecting the look or feel of the product. As a result, textiles with coldblack ® can make an effective contribution to protecting against harmful UV rays.
Note - You should be weary of brands that use any types of Teflon or waterproof coatings as these are just chemicals that are applied to finished fabrics. They will wear out after a number of uses. Those chemicals used by other companies have also yet to be proven by any reliable independent source to be perfectly safe against human skin for prolonged periods of time.