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MATERIALS

When we choose the raw materials we are going to work with, we seek those offering the best quality, performance and technical features, with an eye toward the athlete's enjoyment of a real sense of functionality and comfort.

Our aim here is to explain precisely why we choose each type of fiber, detailing the features they contribute to our garments and the performance you can expect from them. That is why the composition of the garment appears on every one of our products with the fiber used in each case.

Dryarn® Polypropylene our raw material par excellence

dryarn

Polypropylene microfiber is the technical fiber with the best specifications on the market, and for this reason it is the main raw material in almost all of our garments. This choice is not common in first layer sports material because of its high cost.

lightweight

Lightweight: the least dense of the technical fibers on the market (0.92 g/cm3), being even less dense than water (1 g/cm3), which gives it great lightness and wearing comfort and even a certain degree of buoyancy.

insulating

Insulating: the fiber with the lowest thermal conductivity in existence, which makes it the best thermal insulator (from cold or hot).

breathable

Breathable: it is a hydrophobic fiber (water repellent), hence it doesn't retain moisture and perspiration passes through the fabric without interference, maintaining dryness and comfort.

bacteriostatic

Bacteriostatic: its capacity for bacterial elimination is virtually 100% and doesn't diminish with repeated washing; this is an intrinsic property of the material.

hypoallergenic

Hypoallergenic: the properties of this fiber, which is the only dermatologically tested fiber, are equivalent to those of undyed cotton.

ecological

Ecological: it is the fiber that consumes the least energy and produces the least amount of residues in the manufacturing process.

Creora® Elastomer the elasticity of our garments

creora elastomer

Elastomer is the fiber that is responsible for the elasticity of any garment. Its filaments, embedded in the fabric, cause this to recover its initial position when stretched. The intensity or strength with which it does so is known as resilience capacity.

We choose Creora® elastomer because it permits us to manufacture garments that:

  • Offer strong compression: the type of Creora® elastomer we use boasts the highest resilience capacity on the market. This factor is critical for ensuring strong compression.
  • Retain their initial elasticity longer: thickness determines the durability of the elastic qualities of the fibers. In Hoko we use a thicker gauge than the conventional; thus our garments retain their initial elasticity much longer.
  • Have different degrees of compression: the different combinations of elastomer, coated and uncoated, and the structure of the fabric itself allow us to work with different levels of compression without diminishing the feeling of comfort.

Gütermann® thread the best quality seams

gutermann

The great elasticity of our garments and intensive use for which they are designed require high resistance to friction and stress on the seams. For this reason, at Hoko we work with Gütermann® Mara thread, a highly resistant and homogeneous thread with characteristics that perfectly meet these requirements in our seems:

  • Resistance to breakage: with Gütermann® thread, we obtain more uniform and regular seams that better support the differential elasticity between the fabric and the seam, reducing the possibility of breakage.
  • Resistance to abrasion: seams sewn with Gütermann® thread are more resistant to abrasion.

Cordura® high tenacity polyamide where we seek greater resistance

fibra cordura

Cordura® is a high performance fiber that is extremely resistant to breakage, wear, tearing and abrasions, and is far superior to normal polyamide or nylon. This is why it is often present in fabrics designed for extreme environments.

The combinations of materials we use allow us to obtain garments that are more resistant to abrasion without compromising technical performance:

  • Good relationship resistance¬/technical performance: the thickness of the fiber is directly proportional to the resistance to breakage of the fiber and inversely proportional to the softness and comfort of the resulting fabric. In Hoko, we adjust the thickness of the fiber to obtain fabrics that offers a high degree of comfort with sufficient resistance to pilling. We combine polypropylene (on the inside) and polyamide Cordura® (on the outside), with which we obtain highly resistant garments that, in turn, have the softness, and thermal and moisture-wicking performance characteristic of polypropylene.

B. Swiss Cotton Compac® compact cotton yarn for comfort when we rest

swiss cotton

Cotton is a natural fiber, soft and pleasant to the touch, and which has a characteristic look greatly appreciated in street clothes. In Hoko we use B. Swiss Cotton Compac® compact cotton yarn (instead of using less expensive short fiber yarns), which is produced by processing extra long fibers with a compact yarn system.

The choice of this fiber, and its combination with polypropylene microfiber, contributes to the garments in which we use it:

  • Fabric softness and quality: the qualities of this fiber are manifested in its very fine filaments, which enhance the softness of garments and prevent deformations characteristic of lower quality cottons.
  • Better performance: at Hoko we combine polypropylene and cotton, thus obtaining garments that are softer and more comfortable than those made from 100% cotton.

TECHNOLOGY

The vast majority of our garments are woven using seamless technology, which defines the qualities of the fabric giving it a series of unconventional features such as adaptability to the requirements of each area of the seamless garment and excellent elastic qualities, while also having high potential for creating new fabrics.

Seamless technology versatility without seams

Seamless garment machines are small diameter circular machines that incorporate digital technology in the manufacture of fabric. This gives them great versatility allowing control over the tension and tying of each stitch of the garment with great precision.

Garments are woven in a tube shape and in a cohesive way, using from one to three of these tubes for making a single garment. This way of working greatly increases the cost of the production process; for this reason garments manufactured with this process are a minority in the market, especially in more complex garments such as culottes, tights or triathlon suits.

The result is a garment with:

  • Differentiated areas in terms of compression, patterns, thickness and fabric properties, without the need for intermediate seams.
  • Greater than usual elasticity, which affects compression or adaptability, as required.
  • Fabrics created specifically for each garment and within them for each area of the body, depending on the performance features we are seeking.
  • Absence of labels.