Performance Features That Work Harder

When discussing performance apparel, one typically refers to special fabrications, fibers and finishes that add a moisture management or antibacterial function to the garment. There are, however, features that have nothing to do with “technology.” They’re simply style components that have been used for decades in the construction of apparel to make it more comfortable, durable or useful. Here are five classic options that will complement a performance-engineered fabric:

1. Cord Lock keeps a cinching cord from retracting into the garment while pulled taut; it is usually a toggle or a stopper.

2. Drop Tail refers to the back hemline of a shirt; the back of the shirt is longer to keep the shirt tucked in or from riding up too high. It might also be called an Extended Tail.

3. Eyelets are the small holes finished with either a grommet or stitching that are meant to improve breathability. For example, they might be placed in the armpit of a shirt.

4. Side Vents are the slits placed at the hemline on each side of the garment, allowing a greater range of motion.

5. Storm Flap is the flat piece of fabric that runs either on the outside or inside along a zipper or other closure. It helps to keep rain and wind from penetrating a jacket.