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O’Neill introduces Fuse Seam UV rashguard technology



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Stitchless Seam Technology is similar to the bonding technology

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 6 February, 2015 - Santa Cruz - O’Neill has expanded their UV rashguard technology by launching the all-new O’Neill Fuse Seam construction. The technology will join a long list of O’Neill’s industry firsts including TechnoButter Neoprene and the patented Z.E.N. zip wetsuit entry.   

This new Stitchless Seam Technology is similar to the bonding technology, which has been used on seam construction in outerwear. O'Neill has been working on the development of the same type of bonding technique for stretch fabric seams. O'Neill is proud to be the first to bring this technology to the UV rashguard market.

The design team in O’Neill’s R&D facility found, that due to the high stretch and even higher stress put on the seams of O'Neill's performance fit rashguards, the seams must stretch as far as the fabrics stretch. The seams must also be strong enough to withstand the pressure of heavy water intent on ripping the shirt off your back.  More importantly, the purpose of a rashguard is to prevent rash and nothing does that better than a flat seam which conforms to your body.

O'Neill's Fuse Seam construction uses ultrasonic welding to bond two overlapping panels of stretch fabric.  The result is a seam, which requires no stitch and lies completely flat against your skin.  The seam stretches along with the panels of the rashguard and returns back to its original position when released.  

Fuse Seam will be introduced into O’Neill’s “Always Summer” collection in a performance fit UV rashguard in spring of 2015. Available in both men’s and women’s styles.

Shane Skelton

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