Carvico
Jersey Lomellina
5 November 2013

Carvico presents Vita: the breakthrough new swimwear fabric of the future

Developed from cutting edge research by the Carvico labs, Vita fabric offers a range of benefits that are set to revolutionise the entire beachwear world. Vita is a special nature, special product, and its distinctive nature begins with its composition - this includes a significant element of eco-sustainability, as it is made with 78% Polyamide Econyl®, 100% waste materials recycled, recovered, cleaned and repolymerised  to create new fibre. This fibre has the same characteristics as Virgin Polyamide, guaranteeing the high quality of the fabric. The fabric is completed by being given a hi-tech and high-performance 22% Xtra life LYCRA® core. This premium INVISTA fibre offers resistance to damage caused by chlorine, sun creams and oils that is five times better than the performance offered by normal chlorine-resistant elastomers.

 HERE ARE THE EXCLUSIVE BENEFITS OFFERED BY VITA:
 - THINNER than the classic charmeuse (thickness reduced by around 20%)
 - MORE COMPACT  (does not show the typical ribs of warp-knit fabrics )
 - SMOOTHER AND SOFTER thanks to the use of Micro Polyamide
 - OUTSTANDING POWER: high modulus for greater tensile strength
 - Excellent shape retention and fit thanks to the use of XTRA LIFE LYCRA® fibre

From CARVICO, an unique fabric, an unique test and a unique COMMUNICATION PROJECT!

CARVICO challenged research conventions by taking the tests on VITA fabric outside the laboratory. This led to the EXTENSIVE LIVE COMPARATIVE PROGRAMME that tested VITA with XTRA LiFE LYCRA® fibre against a similar fabric made with the best competitor’s elastane for swimwear.
For the first time ever, a LIVE COMPARISON TEST was carried out by professional swimmers, a team of promising young Italian swimmers trained by a star athlete, the Olympic champion Luca Sacchi.
A test in the water that brings the fabric performance measurement out of the laboratory and into a situation that provides conditions of real-life use.
An intensive pool activities of competitive swimming lasted 8,800 hours driven by passion and determination.
This thrilling face-off lies at the heart of the film “Strong Like Us”, presented for the first time in Cannes. A short movie depicting the lives of the young champions, revealing their constant challenges.

THE TEST
During the “blind tests” involving 8,800 hours of swimming in the pool, one group of young people wore swimsuits created from VITA fabric, made using XTRA LIFE LYCRA® fibre. A second group wore identical swimsuits made with a similar fabric containing a chlorine-resistant competitor’s alternative yarn. The test was organised over a number of cycles, lasting 25, 50, 75 and 100 hours. At the end of every cycle, after intense pool-based use, the swimsuits were sent to the laboratory for painstaking analysis.They were measured, weighed and examined under a microscope to assess the conditions of the elastomer and measure its performance and resistance, until detecting any fibre breakage, resulting in fabric bagging and sagging and a loss of its supportive power. The young athletes were also asked to keep a diary in order to describe their sports experience, provide feedback on the activity and give a daily description of how they were using and maintaining what is, to all intents and purposes, their main ally – their swimsuit.

THE RESULTS OF COMPARATIVE LIVE TEST AT POOL
VITA fabric by CARVICO with XTRA LIFE LYCRA® fibre

The results of the innovative live test have been better than expected. They have confirmed VITA as an extraordinary 360°performing fabric, ideal for all the applications in the swimwear world.

1. VITA SHOWS AN OUTSTANDING FIT RETENTION
• VITA: FAULTLESS FOR + 100 HOURS
(XTRA LIFE LYCRA® fibre shows no fibre breakage).
• COMPETITOR: after 75 hours the fabric clearly sags, with visible breaking of the elastane fibres and severe fabric deterioration

2.  VITA REVEALS AN EXCELLENT COMPRESSION POWER
• VITA: 4 TIMES MORE FABRIC COMPRESSION POWER CAPACITY than competitor’s fabric with other chlorine-resistant elastane

3. EXTRARDINARY RESISTENCE OF THE ELASTIC FIBRE:
• VITA: DOUBLE RESISTANCE TO FIBRE BREAKAGE than the best competitor’s fabric




THE RESULTS OF THE LABORATORY TEST (Sun Creams and Oils)
VITA fabric by CARVICO with XTRA LIFE LYCRA® fibre
While the live pool tests have shown the indisputable superiority of VITA’s resistance to chlorine, quality tests carried out in laboratory simulating real-life conditions of use for beachwear garments confirm Carvico’s SUPERIOR RESISTANCE TO DEGRADATION FROM CREAMS AND SUN OILS.
VITA with XTRA LIFE LYCRA® fibre shows excellent performances. It has turned out to be the best in Beachwear, too.