Dearborn’s Carhartt, a workwear brand, has announced it received a patent for its Full Swing technology, which incorporates a concealed stretch back layer that provides a greater range of motion while maintaining function.
The technology can be found in several of the brand’s outerwear pieces, which traditionally have outer shells designed with one-piece construction. This can restrict the range of arm, torso, and shoulder motion. Full Swing improves the range of motion through hidden panels in the back that allow stretch.
“Carhartt started as an innovation company 130 years ago when Hamilton Carhartt set out to build a better bib for railroad engineers,” says Alex Guerrero, senior vice president and general manager of global product at Carhartt. “He talked to consumers, listened to their needs, and set out to create comfortable, functional, and durable workwear around their feedback. That same practice still exists today in our product innovation process. We are inspired by hardworking people every day and continue to bring the best product solutions to market. Our Full Swing technology is just one example.”
Full Swing was designed with feedback from hundreds of workers and features stretch panels between the shoulders, on the elbows, and in the underarm. The technology is available on Carhartt’s Cryder jacket, Armstrong jacket, Caldwell jacket, and Chore coat.
Carhartt was established in 1889, has more than 5,500 associates worldwide, and is family owned and managed by the descendants of the company’s founder, Hamilton Carhartt.