TECHNICAL DETAILS

MADE IN USA

Here at Outer Circle we are as passionate about being built in this great country of ours as much as we are about motorsports. For over 17 years now we are proud to say that 100% of all our custom high performance apparel have been made in our California facility. 100%! We are of the belief to keep us strong as a country we must do our part by employing Americans and building the products we use here in the United States!

CF-1 CARBON FIBER FABRICS

Our Carbon Fiber fabric line is actual Carbon Fiber yarn that is woven with other performance fabrics to enhance it's actual performance elements to another level. Creating maximum moisture management, breathability, naturally antibacterial as to not lock in odors as well as a element that is a rare property in fabrics, a anti conductive nature. This mean no spark can occur that is caused by static electricity, which could be potentially dangerous when dealing with flammable elements used in racing.These are just a few of the many properties of this unique line up, and we have harnessed these into a high performance apparel line that not only works for you, it keeps you and your team looking great!

WHAT IS PERFORMANCE APPAREL

Performance apparel uses fabrics that are designed to do just that, perform! A fabric that actually works for you. It is designed to either keep you cool or in some cases warm, but always breathable so you dont feel like your are trapped in your own personal sauna! It transports moisture away from your skin and quickly evaporates for maximum moisture control, which helps regulate normal body temperature. There are different levels of performance of each fabric, and we specifically designed our apparel with that in mind. Using specific levels of performance fabrics for certain areas of the body that need maximum performance and get the job done as any top performer does!

WHAT IS DYE SUBLIMATION?

Our dye sublimation printing process involves the use of a special dye ink that sublimates when it is introduced to high temperatures. This ink is first printed onto a transfer paper via a digital printer and then this printed image is transferred onto a cut garment piece using heat and pressure. The ink reacts to the heat by “sublimating” in that it changes from a solid state into a gas state (thereby skipping the liquid state entirely). The dye then bonds with the fabric to create a vivid, textureless, and permanent dye print.This process not only yields vivid print colors that are washfast and durable but it also allows you to print photographic or color-complex graphics accurately.It is important to note that with “All-Over” dye sublimation printing that is on our burnout tees, there are inconsistencies that will occur from print to print. The most common inconsistency that will occur is in the form of white wrinkles in the fabric that are most likely to appear along seams, near the collar, or around the under arm area. This is because we apply the graphics on a completed garment not cut pieces.

PRODUCTION TIME FRAMES AND MANUFACTURING

Production time frames can very during the time of year. The start of the race season can cause the turnaround times to jump several weeks due to the volume of orders. It is best to start the design process with this in mind and plan things with a few weeks of "cush time". Even if sponsorships are not solidified, we can start the basic design concept and a planned slot with your desired delivery date in the production schedule. It is important to keep to your deadlines that will be supplied after your desired delivery date is punched in our schedule, if these are not met it can push your delivery date back. We can be flexible as are manufacturing facility is completely USA based, but there are times that the scheduled may be at capacity and may not allow us to accommodate a rush situation. Please inform your Outer Circle rep of any critical dates to ensure they can be met, and get your deposit in as soon as possible to hold that production slot.

There are 3 basic steps to production after artwork is approved and colors are specified

1) Printing- art is printed on paper for sublimation process

2) Heat transferring- ink is sublimated from the paper 

3) Assembly- All sublimated pieces are then constructed into a final garment, they are then subject to quality control to ensure there are no damaged or printing problems.

*NOTE- due to the nature of sublimation being such a technique sensitive process, at the final stage of construction quality control can find damaged or unacceptable pieces that will need to be remade from the beginning state. Extra pieces are always made in anticipation that this can occur, but it may not cover all pieces needed to be replaced. At times this can slightly delay the delivery date, or can cause orders to ship incomplete missing a piece here or there. This will be relayed to you by your Outer Circle rep and you will be given details of anticipated delivery dates.

EMBROIDERY

We have several garments that are embroidered only, as well as our CF-1 crew shirt that can be a sublimated/embroidery hybrid. Embroidery is placing logos on fabrics that cannot be sublimated or if preferred, and can only be placed on areas where a stitch head can be placed (there are some restrictions) such as a back or chest area. Logos either need to be supplied in a digitized embroidery file or in a vector format so we can then digitize and ready then for embroidery. PMS colors are also needed to match thread colors. You will be give a quote once you have determined how many logos, size and placement for each style of garment, embroidery is charged per stitch. 

SILK SCREENING PROCESS

Silk screening is used on basic cotton t-shirts and can have multiple areas of logos colors etc. Keep in mind pricing is based on how many locations are being printed, how large the printed are is, and how many colors are being used. There are screens that are made for each color that is used for each graphic that is printed, and a $25 screen charge is incurred for each screen that is made. Please call for a quote (888-349-6510)

PANTONE COLORS

Pantone colors or PMS numbers are a industry standard. It is a universal system used to code and ensure proper color matching. Because computer monitors are dictated by screen resolution, not one screen will have a particular graphic look the same. Things don't always print and transfer the way they look on the screen. So with that we use a the PMS number system to ensure we are all choosing the same/proper colors. Pantone books are typically available to purchase or view at arts and crafts stores if a reference is needed. 

MADE IN USA

Here at Outer Circle we are as passionate about being built in this great country of ours as much as we are about motorsports. For over 17 years now we are proud to say that 100% of all our custom high performance apparel have been made in our California facility. 100%! We are of the belief to keep us strong as a country we must do our part by employing Americans and building the products we use here in the United States!