The UF Hybrid Shell takes its name from the fabric’s ability to mimic the performance of a laminated shell fabric without the use of a membrane, using high density weaving techniques (an expertise which Q36.5 has been the first – and as yet only brand – to develop in the cycling clothing sector) to produce a natural windbreaker barrier with extremely low fabric weight and volume (190 g/m²). This allows for jackets to maintain excellent breathability (extremely important in high intensity physical activity such as cycling) and the stretch needed to preserve the ergogenic and compressive fit that is so characteristic of the entire Q36.5 range.
An Ergogenic Pattern garment has been designed in such a way as that all panels and fabrics are tuned to support specific musculature groups during sporting activity. Garments designed with Ergogenic Patterns will be distinguished by their extremely snug but not constrictive feel and increased stability during the pedalling motion, as the fabric, cut and panel alignment support a balanced position and accordingly reduce muscular fatigue on longer or more intense rides.
The introduction of the silver thread may be understood as a further fine-tuning of the fabric’s original raison d’être in which the extraordinary natural properties of this material are carefully exploited in a performance-wear context. When activity becomes intense and the body emits an excess of heat and moisture with must be dealt with through conduction, evaporation and convection, the fabric instead benefits from silver’s high thermal conductivity. The pure silver thread’s greatest performance advantage is not given by its anti-bacterial or conductive qualities but by it qualities of protection from electrostatic and magnetic interference (the so-called “electrosmog” pollution of electromagnetic radiation resulting from wireless technology and mains electricity). The protection offered by the silver thread from these waves allow the active muscles to operate with less “distractions”, further refining the ergogenic function of Q36.5’s high density woven fabrics.