Setatech patent pending from Breva Cycling, is the first silk protective fabric specifically designed by Breva for people who cycle and combines the benefits of nylon 6.6 fibre with those of the oldest fibre in the world: silk.
Thanks to silk, we made Setatech, a windproof and water-repellent jacket designed for cyclists, for when after the climb, the wind cools the sweat revealing the unpleasant feeling of synthetic windproof materials on contact with the body.
Silk provides a pleasant feeling, because it is a natural fibre made from the same biomolecules which make up our skin. Very light, it dries very quickly giving the athlete a renewed sense of maximum comfort.
Hence Setatech is born out of this alchemy of matter, this union between silk, millennial fibre with unsurpassed functional characteristics and the latest technological materials.
Why did we use silk?
Silk has unique functional characteristics in terms of insulating capacity, hence it can maintain a constant body temperature, thus insulating the body from thermal changes.
In addition, silk provides a unique experience upon contact with the skin because like wool, it is made up of proteins, the same biomolecules which make up our body.
And then the lightness. Silk is very light, so in addition to being attractive, it also dries very quickly.
This is why we believed that this ancient and precious fibre was an ideal element for improving the performance of cyclists, to allow them to think only about what they love; pedaling in maximum freedom.
Why is silk not widespread in the clothing sector for cycling?
For commercial reasons, the silk costs are much higher than synthetic fibres, and Breva can support it thanks to its distribution model, which provides for direct sales via web, without the costs of intermediate steps.
Because it does not have the adequate toughness levels.
Because it does not have high colour fastness.
Because it cannot withstand the temperatures needed to make it windproof and water repellent.
For silk costs,
These three constraints are overcome thanks to the union in the process of weaving a latest generation lightweight nylon 6.6 fibre and a production process specifically developed by Breva, which provides cold passages which do not alter silk characteristics.
The Flexi Woven stretch fabrics are produced with woven technology, a production process based on the interweaving of two types of threads perpendicular to each other.
It is an innovative textile technique which enables the production of high quality technical materials which ensure unique and constant performance over time with regard to the reactivity of the materials, the compressive capacity and surprising lightness.
The technology used for woven fabrics is now rarely used in cycling because it is very expensive and may be brought forward by Breva thanks to a distribution model based on exclusive sales via the web, without the intermediate costs of traditional channels.
– High elasticity. The elasticity of the woven fabric is determined not by lengthening mechanic but by the high elastomer content, by the intertwining and fine yarns used to produce them.
This causes the Flexi woven materials to perfectly follow the movements of the body during the most hectic pedaling.
– Compression. Woven Fabrics Flexi reduce the muscle vibration responsible for fatigue. This helps increase the accuracy and efficiency of the athletic gesture offering quick recovery of fitness.
– Quick drying. Extremely thin, Flexi Woven fabrics dry very fast.
Breva Cycling uses only materials printed with digital technology.
The clothing sector for cycling normally uses fabrics printed using the sublimation of dyes which pass from paper rolls to the fabric.
This step is performed with heat, in particular by using cylinders which reach high temperatures and sublimate the dyes which penetrate the polyester (only fibre compatible with this technique).
Digital printing is carried out cold, thanks to machines equipped with a printhead that prints the color directly on the fabric; it is not widely used in the industry since the print processing time is much greater compared with all other technologies with a resulting impact on production costs. Breva offers this innovative technology thanks to the chosen distribution model, solely online sales, which does not add sales intermediary costs to product costs.
– Superior print quality. Digital printing ensures a much better colour rendering and unrivaled print definition.
– No smearing. Digital printing allows for a chemical bond between the fibres and dyes with excellent colour fastness.
In sublimation printing, the dyes do not attach to the elastic part of the fibre and can determine a smearing effect of the colours if they slide on it.
This is most visible in the presence of strong colour contrasts, for example, in black and white variations.
– Fabrics printed with digital technology do not suffer the thermal shock of sublimation printing, maintaining excellent elasticity and unparalleled premium image.