In my line of work, we deal with a lot of “hands on” people. For example; construction companies, electricians, tile contractors, plumbers, septic contractors, well drillers, manufacturers, landscapers, automotive repair technicians. Of these, many are owners/operators. You could say they wear many hats. They might be the sales person, the framer, the accountant and even the maintenance person in addition to everything else they do. So, in many instances, they need logo’d shirt that is both durable and professional. They need is a shirt that doesn’t snag or easily damage.
First, let’s talk about what a snag is or how it occurs. Most times, fabric is frayed or snagged when it catches on a sharp item. The sharp object typically is able to pull a thread or group of threads aways from its place in the pattern, causing a small hole. If you get enough snags, you could eventually unravel the entire shirt.
A snag proof shirt, (not snag resistant) is ultimately what you need to look for when putting together a wardrobe someone that works in a “hands-on” industry. The snag proof fabric is actually tested in a special machine that rolls the fabric sample in a hook and needle lined cylinder for one hundred revolutions. The fabric should leave with limited snags, or none at all. The fabric is rated between 1 and 5. 5 is the highest rating that the fabric can receive. Anywhere between 3-4 is standard, 4-4.5 is excellent and 4.5-5 is optimal fabric, and can be rated snag resistant. I know for a fact, that for one of our apparel distributors, Sanmar, the territory managers will take a charcoal wire brush to those polos, rub it on there, and they don’t snag at all. If you did that with the snag resistant ones, they could snag, but are typically better than a regular tee. Snag proof might be better for industries like car mechanics, technicians, landscapers, etc. Snag resistant might fit better for someone with a lighter workload or not as active.
The snag proof fabrics are generally woven in a warp knit pattern, on an angle, making it less prone to snags that are generally associated with a straight weave. Most of the snag proof fabrics are made of polyester, a strong lasting material made of different synthetic compounds. Clothing that is made of polyester generally stands up to more wear and tear than other natural fibers. So, the warp pattern and the polyester material make it almost impossible to snag or generate holes in.
If you are industrial, yet need that professional logo’d polo shirt, we’ve got some suggestions for you. New for 2017, is the Cornerstone Select Lightweight (4 ounce) Snag-Proof Polo. The polo is actually tag free, and snag proof. The shirt comes in a ladies and mes style. The mens CS418, you can get in a XS all the way up to an 4XL. The ladies version is the CS419, with a Y-neck placket and this also comes in the same sizes as the mens, XS – 4XL. Color? Ten different color options for you. If you are looking for a heavier polo 6.6 ounce, you might be looking at the CS412 or CS413. Need a pocket? Try the Snag Proof Pocket Polo, the CS412P.
Price point? Not bad, ranging from $20 – $28 blank.
Just remember, need something a little more durable? Snag proof is what you need. This material undergoes rigorous testing before it’s allowed to be labeled snag proof.