Tri-Reg® is Zorrel’s proprietary three layer, three performances, and three technologies all in one fabric — tri-regulation. Zorrel offers Tri-Reg® technology in two versions:
1. Cotton Face Tri Reg®: excellent for every day wear as well as sports such as golf hiking, and work general outdoor work situations.
2. Poly Tri-Reg®: offers a lighter weight fabric more suitable for situations requiring extreme moisture transport. This fabric is best for heavy work out, cycling or work situations where the wearer will be sweating profusely from a high level of exertion.
The Three Layers of Tri-Reg® - Tri-Reg® employs a unique plaiting technology that joins the tree layers together without bonding them. This allows moisture to pass through the garment to the surface and allow air to penetrate the fabric to cool and dry the skin.
Cotton Tri Reg®
- The Skin Side Layer: is made up microfiber polyester to pull and transport moisture away from the skin. It is flat and un-brushed.
- The Middle Layer: is made of encapsulated hollow core yarns. These yarns look like a drinking straw. They are hollow in the center and have dead air space trapped in them. This helps create body heat regulation and wind resistance (see below).
- The Outside or Face Layer: The surface of the fabric is brushed or peached cotton. The surface in darker colors is reminiscent of fine suede.
- The Skin Side Layer: is made up microfiber polyester to pull and transport moisture away from the skin. In Poly Tri-regulator, this surface is fleeced to enhance moisture transport from the skin.
- The Middle Layer: is made of encapsulated hollow core yarns these yarns look like a drinking straw. They are hollow in the center and have dead air space trapped in them. This helps create body heat regulation and wind resistance (see below).
- The Outside or Face Layer: The surface of the fabric is flat slightly shiny polyester. This surface allows the moisture to evaporate quickly and the fabric to dry very quickly.
The Three Embedded Technologies of Tri-Reg®
Zorrel Tri-Reg® offers three technologies built into the fabric.
1. Moisture Transport — Moisture transport or wicking is defined as capillary action which moves moisture from where it is abundant (near the skin) to where there is little or no moisture (on the surface).
In everyday terms, this means that moisture is picked up from the skin and transported to the surface where it is dispersed and dries through evaporation.
2. Wind Resistance — Wind resistance differs from wind blocking in that Tri-Reg® allows some air to penetrate through the garment to cool and dry the skin. To achieve total wind block would mean the fabric would require a membrane bonded to the fabric. This would block air passage totally, but would also have the adverse affect of blocking moisture inside the garment not allowing it to pass through and evaporate.
3. Body Heat Regulation (BHR) — In simple terms BHR means that the fabric consistently tries to balance the temperature on the inside and the outside of the garment to equilibrium point in the middle.
As a specific example, think of a bike rider who is training for a road race on a cold morning. The rider is building up body heat inside the garment, and probably also sweating from exertion. While cold air outside would normally chill a wet body, the three layer construction performs as follows:
-it allows heat and moisture to move to the surface and dissipate and
-the hollow core yarns work to create equilibrium of temperature keeping the wearer consistently at a comfortable body temperature.