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New, reflective material from 3M for activewear
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May '17
Athletic apparel designers have a new, high-performance reflective material from 3M Scotchlite Reflective Material to create activewear suitable for wearing in a conference room to a coffee shop to a bike path. The patented C790 Carbon Black Stretch Transfer Film appears black-coloured material in daylight, but gives vibrant reflective brightness at night.
 
The vivid brightness of the material is durable through wear, stretch or washing. Featuring a low-temp bonding capability, it also can adhere to a wide variety of fabrics without affecting design or quality, 3M said in a release.
 
Unlike traditional colourised-silver reflective materials that apply a thin layer of colour on top of glass beads, 3M's proprietary carbon black technology makes the colour inherent to the material's construction. This creates a discreet, colour-fast material with initial brightness averaging 300 RA strike. Carbon black technology also helps provide off-angle brightness for increased visibility in low-light conditions.
 
"Designers of active apparel no longer have to compromise when they want a high performing, on-trend reflective material. C790 carbon black transfer film is the deepest black and highest stretch reflective material we've ever made, meaning designers now have a single material that can blend in, stand out and move with any active pursuit or dynamic lifestyle," said Ryan Gallagher, 3M. 
 
C790 carbon black transfer film can accommodate a wide range of applications on gear worn for training, running, cycling, motorsports and more. (SV)

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