Choosing a Motorcycle Graphic T-Shirt Material
At Wayward Moto Gear, we take pride in offering the best motorcycle graphic t-shirts. All of our shirts have been quality tested to ensure they are soft and will perform well when printed on. Instead of choosing the cheapest options available, we have carefully selected t-shirt that are light weight, soft, and hold up over time.
Understanding the differences in t-shirt fabrics can be challenging. What do the terms Heather CVC, Ring-Spun, and Triblend mean when choosing a t-shirt fabric? Let’s walk through all the differences between the fabric types that we use in our graphic t-shirts.
100% Combed & Ring-Spun Cotton
The only cotton we use is 100% combed and ring-spun. Most of our men’s motorcycle t-shirts and women’s motorcycle t-shirts are printed this fabric. The term combed ring-spun refers to the process where cotton is combed to remove any impurities and then goes through the “ring-spun” process to create long strands of cotton that are straightened to flow in the same direction. This process makes the cotton yarn softer than “carded open-end fiber yarn” which is used in simple “100% cotton shirt”. That yarn is turned into our fabric, which has a super tight weave, smooth consistency. Because there are fewer impurities in the yarn, the final fabric is ultra-soft.
Ring-spun cotton also makes strong, tight fabric that feels more lightweight and breathable. So a combed ring-spun graphic t-shirt is not only a higher quality material than the typical cotton shirt that uses open end fiber yarn, but is also has a much more light weight, airy fit and feel, where a standard cotton shirt can be heavy and itchy.
The term CVC refers to a cotton/polyester blend that contains a much heavier blend cotton. The letters CVC stand for the term “Chief Value Cotton”. Many of our ring-spun cotton motorcycle t-shirts also will include a Heather CVC option which is a blend of 52% combed and ring-spun cotton and 48% polyester. This blend is very popular for a few reasons. First, they are very lightweight and have a super soft to the touch. Also, many people love the nice subtle textured look that the polyester blend provides. The subtle texture provides a slight depth to the color and print of your shirt which is very stylish.
We are not exaggerating when we say that our triblend fabrics are gold standard in comfortable t-shirt fabric. In our opinion, ring-spun cotton a great material. Heather CVC is even a step better offering more style and comfort. Triblend takes it even further by giving you the best fit and feel in the industry. This fabric is a blend of three types of yarn – 50% polyester, 25% combed and ring-spun cotton and 25% rayon. You get the comfort from the cotton, durability from the polyester and the luxurious drape from the rayon. Rayon is the key here.
Rayon is a synthetic fiber that can be processed to have the feel of silk. When cotton, polyester, and rayon are blended together, the result is an ultrasoft, light and airy fabric. Triblends are a favorite for those looking for the softest shirt on the market. Similar to a Heather CVC, Triblends also can have a really subtle texture that ads a very stylish look to the t-shirt. We use triblend material in all our limited run special collections, such as our Daytona Bike Week T-Shirts and our Sturgis T-Shirts.
At Wayward Moto Gear, all of our products are printed on either combed ring-spun cotton, heather CVC, or Triblend because we have identified them as the best t-shirt fabrics in the industry for comfort, soft feel, and fit. We are very confident that you will be happy with them as well. Hopefully this article has given you a good understanding of the different fabric types. Below is a good overview video if you have additional questions.