Coolmax is a brand name for a series of moisture-wicking technical fabrics developed by DuPont Textiles and Interiors (now Invista ). The fabrics employ specially-engineered polyester fibers to improve "breathability" compared to natural fibers like cotton. 'Wick away' or 'wickaway' fabrics are engineered to draw moisture away from the skin through capillary action and increased evaporation over a wider surface area.
CoolMax fabric was originally developed for clothing intended for use during extreme physical exertion — sweat can evaporate quickly so the wearer is kept dry. Other useful properties include resistance to fading, shrinking and wrinkling. The fibers are now often woven with other materials like cotton, wool, spandex, and modal. As a result, CoolMax is found in a wide variety of garments from mountain climbing gear, to casual sportswear and underwear. CoolMax fabric has also been designed for those who have hot flashes or night sweating due to illness, medication or menopause.
CoolMax Tech is pretty costly, but we have good news for our nurses and doctors: Affordable CoolMax blended fabrics are going to be used for fashion medical scrubs, nearly 50% blended in the fabric. Let's expect!!