Print on running and cycling clothing – Which prints can I use on stretchable textiles?

Which types of prints do you prefer for clothing that is stretchable? We talk each day to many suppliers, and one of the questions we regularly encounter is, which print is most advisable for clothing that is stretchable, for example running and cycling clothes. We have chosen to offer a wide range of prints and this is because we believe that it is important that the print matches the textiles and the function that the textile has. In this article, we will look at what types of print are best suited to running and cycling clothing.

Running and cycling clothing has a number of functionalities that must ensure comfort to the user, while also allowing the garment to handle repeated washes. Applying a print to running or cycling clothing often means having to compromise on some of the textile's functionality, but with the right choice, you can reduce that effect significantly.

  1. 1. Look for a print with good stretch qualities. Transfer types exist that are able to follow the textile's own stretch qualities and also maintain an attractive appearance.
  2. 2. Choose a print with a thin layer of colour.
  3. 3. Design the logo so that the surface colour is as small as possible and the logo has a "light" appearance. One way to do this is by drawing the logo as an outline and allowing the textile's colour to become part of the logo. For example, if there is a fleet behind the logo, you could opt instead to indicate the fleet with an outline and allow the colour of the garment to be the "fleet".

The stretchable print for running and cycling clothing

The most appropriate print for your running or cycling apparel is the ElastoSoft transfer, quite simply because:
  • - ElastoSoft has an exceptionally high stretchability
  • - ElastoSoft has excellent durability and opacity
  • - ElastoSoft is thin and soft, and therefore feels comfortable against the body

ElastoSoft is an all-round transfer, but it is specifically designed to tackle the challenges and requirements that technical fabrics present, which are often both sensitive to heat and stretchable. ElastoSoft20 is heated up with merely 145°C, resulting in that fabrics that are sensitive to heat do not become glossy in the heat press. In addition, it is easy to heat up - partly because the transfer is not ‘destroyed’ with too much pressure and partly because the transparent film is removed warm.

In order to strengthen the transfer’s opacity, a white colour is always placed behind the logo. Therefore, in some cases there may be limits to the degree of detail in a logo.

The stretchable and digital print on running and cycling apparel

By choosing ColorSoft, you also get a transfer perfect for many different types of textiles. The low heating temperature of just 150° is a big plus for sports strip, which can be heat-sensitive. The transparent foil also makes logo-placing easier.

Please note that the foil must be cold before it can be removed.

ColorSoft 2018
  • - ColorSoft is thin and soft - perfect for sports strip
  • - ColorSoft stretches
  • - ColorSoft covers well

ColorSoft is an all-round transfer, perfect for use on a wide range of different textile types. It's also ideal for heat-sensitive textiles, such as those used for running and cycling, because it only has to be heated to 150°. The transparent foil makes it easy to correctly place logos.

Please note that ColorSoft is a cold peel transfer, which means that the foil should not be removed until it has cooled down.


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