JunoActive carefully chooses its fabrics. That’s the main reason our products last so long, feel great on the body, and make activity such a joy. We always look for the latest in fabric technology that will keep you comfortable while doing your favorite activities.
Fabric Fiber Types
Plant-based fibers: In this group include cotton, rayon, tencel, and bamboo. Some fabrics absorb more than others. Ccotton is the champion water absorber. That’s why it makes great towels and feels wonderful on the skin when dry. When these fibers become saturated they no longer breathe, and they take a long time to dry. Cotton is not advised as a first layer for extreme conditions for this reason. A wet tee shirt can lead to hypothermia in cold temperatures, and can lead to overheating in extremely hot situations, like Hot-Yoga.
Animal-based fibers: In this group include wool, alpaca, cashmere, and silk. This group also absorbs moisture, but they continue to insulate and breathe even when wet, making them good for some outdoors applications. But they also take a long time to dry and can stretch out when wet, although they will generally keep their strength. They can also shrink significantly under certain wet and warm conditions.
Hydrophilic (water-loving) fibers: These have a luxurious, warm feel. They are very breathable when dry. They mix well with other fibers including synthetics like Spandex for stretch, and polyester for lightness, strength, and faster drying.
JunoActive fabrics that are hydrophilic (water-loving) include our JunoActive Stretch Naturals with 90% cotton, 10% spandex blend. These shirts, leggings, bra tops and more are perfect for both casual wear, and athletic wear for aerobic classes, yoga workouts and walking. These are situations where you will sweat and then take off your clothes, shower and put on your street clothes, or in the case of walking, where you will sweat, but not that much, never saturating your clothing. These have high value because they easily cross over into your casual life, making these best selling favorites. In addition, we garment dye these pieces for a super-soft almost brushed feel that is wonderful to wear. Other water-loving fabrics we use are recall denims with 95% cotton/5% spandex, and our heavy super jersey, French Knits and flannel fabrics with 100% cotton.
Hydrophobic (Water-hating) fibers:These groups of fabrics, the water-hating hydrophobic ones, (you can say these fibers have a water phobia!) do not absorb much water, and when they do they shed it as quickly as possible Think water off a duck’s back. These would not make good rags! They just don’t absorb much.
Fabric innovation has created some amazing water-hating fibers that function in really neat ways. The fiber itself is made from man-made materials, like polyester and nylon, or even more esoteric fibers such as polypropylene. Some of these materials are the same things used to make other products, most notably plastic water bottles, so often fibers are from recycled materials.
These amazing fibers are not the old simple round fibers of polyester suits or hot nylon shirts. These new fibers are created with machines that create not round fibers, but fibers that are designed with fuzzy surfaces with short little fibers that can catch and hold moisture and then release it very quickly. This also makes these new fibers feel and act more like natural fibers. But the base material still hates water, so as you sweat is disperses the moisture very quickly trying to she itself have the water, and therefore it dries fast, often while you are wearing it.
Many of these fibers also react to heat, so that as you warm up in a workout, the water is pushed to the outside where it can dry. That’s why these items can feel warmer as you start a workout, and then start to give you a cooling sensation as moisture moves away from your body.
These fabrics make great first layers. Fuzzy fabrics from these fibers make great second layers because they will trap the air yet allow air movement. They will keep you drier under extreme temps when you are working up a sweat, so they are great for fast walking, jogging, cross country skiing, camping. They are also lightweight.
They are also great travel companions because of their lightweight, strong and fast drying natures. When woven, these fibers can keep out the rain while still allowing the fabric to breathe. New knitting and bonding techniques also allow fabrics to be combined for special uses.
Popular Juno Active fabrics in this group include our signature QuikWik® fabrics. We love the super-stretchy and matte appeal. Also our breathable and brushed Nylon, the QuikCool® base layer, and out PerfecTemp fleece.
Technology has also entered the swimwear world. The biggest change has been in chlorine resistant fabrics.
For years companies kept looking for better and better spandex. We use the very best chlorine resistant spandex in the market in our Nylon/Lycra swimwear. We also use a higher-content spandex. This make s beautiful fabric with excellent control and re-bound. We love the look and feel of these suits, and their lifespan is well above average.
However, our lap swimmers really wanted a suit that just wouldn’t die in chlorine, and we found AquaSport, our fabric that has NO spandex. The technology has finally created excellent polyester fabric with a luxurious feel, that has what is called “mechanical stretch” to give a lovely fit to these swimsuits. Not as controlling, but these suits have an amazingly long life span. We joke here at Junonia that you will want a new suit before you suit wears out, just to have something new to wear!
At JunoActive we choose fabrics for long-term value. That means they wash beautifully and are easy to take care of. We choose fabrics with low shrinkage expected when washed, and colors that stay bright. We specify the best threads and zippers so they last as long as the fabric.
We are clear in our care instructions, so if we say avoid heat, it’s important to do that. But most fabrics need only to be machine washed and low temperature machine dried. Occasionally something needs line drying, but we’ll tell you on the care label.
Swimwear care is actually simpler than most people think. We do sell a suit solution to reduce the chlorine impact, but for most people, quickly rinsing suits in cold water after a swim, wrapping in a towel to gently press out most of the water, and line drying someplace cool and shady, will make for a suit you’ll enjoy for a long time. We don’t recommend detergents, Woolite, spinners or wringing out a suit. Do not leave a suit in a hot car or in the sun. Dry Nylon/Spandex suits completely between uses to allow a full rebound effect. There is almost nothing you can do to hurt an AquaSport suit, so order one today—or two, so you have one ready to toss in your suitcase.
Below is information on our best-selling fabrics to help you choose the best product for your active wear needs.
ActionWear™ Lighter weight stretch woven great for many activities. A blend of polyester and spandex. Polyester-Strong fiber that resists stretching and shrinking so it keeps its shape. Crisp, soft hand. Quick drying. Resists abrasion and most chemicals. Will melt at medium to high temperatures. When blended with cotton, it adds a permanent press property. Static and pilling problems. Stain removal can be a problem due to low absorbency. Spandex-Highly durable, flexible, and continually bounces back to its original shape. Soft, smooth, supple. Moves with the body to provide maximum comfort and mobility. Resistant to abrasion, washing, perspiration, and heat.
ActiveLife™ The softness of cotton combined with the bounce back of spandex. Cotton-Cool, soft, comfortable, breathable. It absorbs and releases perspiration quickly, allowing the fabric to breathe. Absorbent cotton will retain 24-27 times its own weight in water and is stronger when wet than dry. Can stand high temperatures and takes dye easily. Stands up to abrasion and wears well. Spandex-Highly durable, flexible, and continually bounces back to its original shape. Soft, smooth, supple. Moves with the body to provide maximum comfort and mobility. Resistant to abrasion, washing, perspiration, and heat.
Anyweather ™ SoftShell Water-repellent smooth poly-spandex outer layer is fused to our hounds tooth printed fleece inner layer, creating warmth without bulk and offering greater breathability for cool-weather outdoor activities.
AquaSport ™ The stretch in this fabric is knitted with no spandex. Comfortable and chlorine-proof, with total protection against UV rays (UPF 50+). Thanks to its unique composition, AquaSport ™ guarantees optimal breathability and is fast-drying. Elastic and durable with a perfect fit, AquaSport ™ is ideal for water sports in general (even the most extreme ones like surfing, kayaking, wakeboarding, etc.). It was created for the world of competitive water sports since it can satisfy the most demanding expectations and is also suitable for cycling and running apparel.
Batik Hand dyed original designs exclusively for you on either cotton or rayon. Prints vary slightly due to the natural handmade process.
Cotton Cool, soft, comfortable, breathable. It absorbs and releases perspiration quickly, allowing the fabric to breathe. Absorbent cotton will retain 24-27 times its own weight in water and is stronger when wet than dry. Can stand high temperatures and takes dye easily. Stands up to abrasion and wears well.
Flannel Flannel is soft, durable, slightly fuzzy woven fabric that absorbs and releases perspiration quickly. Junonia offers flannel in cotton and blends in outerwear and lounge pants.
Juno® French Knit Collection 93% cotton / 7% Lycra® this soft, stretchy, absorbent knit has a small loop on the back side of the fabric.
Juno® Stretch Naturals Garment dyed stretch knits enriched with spandex for ultimate stretch and comfort.
Nylon strong nylon fibers keep you warm, dry and comfortable. Provides hours of comfortable protection without the feeling of being weighed down or restricted.
PerfecTemp Fleece™ is a special lightweight 100% polyester knit fabric that wards off the chill in the fall air outdoors and keeps you just as comfortable when worn indoors. It wicks perspiration away from the body keeping you dry.
Polyester Strong fiber that resists stretching and shrinking so it keeps its shape. Crisp, soft hand. Quick drying. Resists abrasion and most chemicals. Will melt at medium to high temperatures. When blended with cotton, it adds a permanent press property. Static and pilling problems. Stain removal can be a problem due to low absorbency.
Quik Cool™ This polyester / spandex offers lightweight support and maximum comfort that wicks moisture to keep you dry and comfortable. Softly supportive and smooth fabric is even more hygienic than cotton.
QuikEnergy™ Swimwear supports your muscles to provide extra energy and helps prevent muscle cramps. Moisture-wicking material keeps you sun safe with 50+UPF, it’s chlorine & oil resistant, Quick drying and pill resistant, technologically advanced and rigorously Made in Italy. QuikEnergy™ has excellent stretch and high shape retention power, providing great comfort and extreme freedom of movement with a soft hand.
QuikWik® Quick - drying, moisture -wicking fabric that will keep you comfortable in or out of the gym. 50+ UPF sun protection. At 350 gr/yd this knit provides great coverage for tops and bottoms!
QuikWik® Lite Quick - drying, moisture -wicking fabric that will keep you comfortable in or out of the gym. 50+ UPF sun protection. Just a little bit lighter (about 40 grams) than the QuikWik® fabric with the added bonus of an antimicrobial finish. This knit is perfect for tops, intimates, and power play type skirts.
Recall Denim An amazing denim from a blend of cotton and polyester with stretch built in but not the kind of stretch that grows all day long and is baggy at the end of the day.
Seashell Swimwear Opaque charmeuse fabric that offers the perfect balance between light weight and elasticity. Resistant to pilling and UV rays (UPF 50+), it is ideal for beachwear and fulfills the highest technical requirements for the sportswear sector.
Silk The strongest natural fiber, it absorbs moisture to make it cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Its high absorbency means it is easily dyed in many deep colors. It retains its shape, drapes well, and shimmers with it own luster. Weakened by sunlight and perspiration. Little problem with static, no pilling problem.
Silk & Cotton Pique Perfect blend of cotton and silk in this knit, raised design so it won't cling to your body or show perspiration marks. A great choice for golf.
Single Jersey This cotton / spandex lighter weight knit keeps it shape. The right side of the material is marked by a series of very small lines which run vertically, and the wrong side has a horizontal grain.
Spandex (Lycra®) Highly durable, flexible, and continually bounces back to its original shape. Soft, smooth, supple. Moves with the body to provide maximum comfort and mobility. Resistant to abrasion, washing, perspiration, and heat.
Super Jersey Non-cling, durable, comfortable cotton knits. This 100% cotton fabric has also been known as “Heavy Jersey” and “Seashell Jersey”.
Supplex Engineered to provide the soft, supple touch of cotton with the strength, durability, and performance of nylon. Will not wrinkle, shrink, fade, or pill. Breathable, odor-, wind-, and water-resistant. Dries faster than cotton. Resists abrasions, tears, and punctures.