Sports Textiles Are Good Therapy​

Performance fibers, yarns and textiles originally developed for active and outdoor sports are increasingly showing up in other products. Moisture management (meaning sweat removal and/or quick dry benefits), breathability, odor elimination, microbe control and other features not only provide great comfort they promote cleanliness and good health. Now, drirelease® with FreshGuard®, a popular technology by Optimer Performance Fibers well known among athletes and outdoor aficionados since 2000, is being used by medical and wellness brands. 

drirelease whisks moisture away from the skin and dries four times faster than cotton, while its companion technology, FreshGuard, eliminates odors and controls the growth of bacteria. It is this combination of hygienic and comfort attributes of drirelease with FreshGuard that got the attention of medical and health care brands.

Making Compression Hosiery 13% Cooler, More Comfortable BSN medical’s JOBST® is the number one physician recommended brand of medical compression hosiery for the care and management of venous and lymphatic diseases in the U.S.

Two years ago BSN and Optimer conducted empirical tests comparing drirelease with competing technologies. Special sensors were placed on wearers’ heels and toes before donning a JOBST prototype drirelease sock and competitive products using alternative moisture management yarns. While both had the prerequisite compression level and spandex, 10 minutes after putting on shoes and 10 minutes after completing a prescribed workout, the feet wearing the drirelease sock were an average of 13%-14% cooler in temperature.

An FDA compliant manufacturer, BSN’s new ActiveWear drirelease sock now on the market delivers the same physician recommended gradient compression to improve blood flow, help prevent swelling and provide continuous relief from sufferers’ tired, aching legs in the same manner as their other products. But the new drirelease with FreshGuard sock keeps the foot and leg cooler, drier, fresher and more comfortable.

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Splints and Other Supports Get drirelease Linings Other medical suppliers are adopting drirelease for next-to-skin applications as well. Attractively styled and colored, Breast Binders are a new, shirred compression garment for women that help reduce bruising, swelling and other side effects that can follow invasive breast or chest procedures. Expand-A-Band Medical, a supplier in Gardena, CA, now offers several styles of their Breast Binders in drirelease with FreshGuard. The quick dry and added freshness of drirelease with FreshGuard have made them a welcome replacement for standard ace bandages. Marketing director, Terry Scanlan says Breast Binders also appeal to nursing mothers because they are less confining, easier to open and close and provide the needed support and comfort.

Lenjoy Medical Engineering, a sister company to Expand-A-Band is also now adding drirelease to its product line of orthodics. They are currently in the process of replacing all their Comfy Splint covers with drirelease with FreshGuard to add moisture management comfort and freshness to their products. Being injured is hard enough, easing the next-to-skin discomfort sets Lenjoy products apart from its competitors.

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About Optimer

Optimer Brands, formerly known as Optimer Inc., a Sterling Capital Partners company, is based in Chicago, IL, with operations in Wilmington, DE.

Founded in 2001, Optimer Brands conducts textile research, development and marketing and has a scientific staff credited with over 100 patents and developments. drirelease® is a registered trademark of Optimer Brands. It is a patented, intimate blend of synthetic and natural fibers that combine wicking and quick drying attributes into a single yarn. Instead of spreading the moisture across a fabric’s surface, drirelease actually pushes it to the outside of a garment, releasing water and perspiration faster than any other performance fabric on the market. drirelease includes the added benefit of FreshGuard®, an odor neutralizer embedded in all drirelease fabrics that virtually eliminates odor without using harmful chemicals. All drirelease attributes are inherent to our yarns, meaning they will not wear or wash out. For more information, visit

FreshGuard® is a registered trademark of Optimer Brands. It is an odor neutralizer embedded in all drirelease fabrics. It eliminates odors in garments by blocking odor-causing sebaceous body oils from attaching to the fabric – also stopping the attraction of odor-causing bacteria. Not an anti-microbial or anti-bacterial, which attack bacteria that possess positive functions, FreshGuard is environmentally friendly. For more information, visit