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Has anyone used, printed or worn the Vapor Apparel shirts for dye sublimation printing. They are supposed to feel more like cotton and actually breath like cotton as well as wick away moisture. Before I spend any kinda cash on digital transfer material I would like some feed back on this material. I am in Houston Tx. and its hotter than Hades here.....polyester isnt in my market period for outdoor t-shirts. This material is supposed to be very good but I am leary. Any real info you can give me would be greatly appreciated. If you know a wholesaler as well...yes I could search all over the net and sign up with a bunch just to find a price list but....why? We are T-shirt forums and hopefully the answeres are right here.

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MotoskinGraphix said:
Has anyone used, printed or worn the Vapor Apparel shirts for dye sublimation printing.
Tania (D.Evo. on the forums) uses/sells them in Melbourne, so she might be able to give you more information.
 

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Hi David!

I have worn, printed and sold Vapor Apparel for about a year now - and swear by it.

I'm actually country distributor for this range and have in-house dye-sub service. So, as far as quality and performance goes - I personally believe it is worth the commitment.

When it comes to comfort - my whole family is wearing Vapor shirts every day - including as sleepwear and undergarments. They do keep you cool when it's hot and warmer when it's chilly. They are bacteria and stain resistant (even oil and tomato sauce will wash off eventually), they dry in 15 min and don't need ironing. That makes me happy as a mum of 2.

I have supplied several triathlon and adventure reces and had the best feedback and repeat orders.

Big part of my orders for custom decorated casual T-shirts come from Queensland - Auzzie equivalent of California. I wish I had a designer on board though - I can just see the interest absolutely soaring! So far I've been mainly printing customer-requested graphics :(

The shirts sublimate really well - I'm using Epson 4000 with Artanium UV+ inks and very happy with the results.

Another big advantage of Vapor Apparel's is a variety of colours - so far "dye-subbers" were limited to white. To start with, I was a bit concearned while printing on blue, pink and yellow... Have a look at my swatches - I think they speak for themselves!

You nearest distributor will be Johnson Plastics - you can get a sample pack of assorted styles from them.
http://www.vaporapparel.com/sub_pages/johnson_plastics.htm
http://www.johnsonplastics.biz/CGI-BIN/LANSAWEB?WEBEVENT+L0B098B9058810000889D05G+M37+ENG

Best regards,
Let me know if you need any more info or pictures - I'll PM it to you.
 

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Yep....I think there is a source in Dallas.....but I dont want to pay $4.50 a blank! Do you think prices will come down as more supplyers find the means to compete? Probably a great product but not so much distribution and competition among supplyers or supply in general. I want a dye sub blank around $ 2.00 period or its not even interesting yet!!!!!
 

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Love this brand! I have a few of the shirts that Jackson from Vapor gave to me at a show, and I wear them religiously. Very breathable and overall a great product.
 

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Tania,

are their tags easily removable?

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Annushka,
The tags are stiched into the collar hem (see the picture above), they are quite small, with Vapor logo and t-shirt size. There is also a tag with care instructions in the side stitching.

I've just removed the tag for the first time - I've cut it off neatly, very close to stiching and pulled out the remaining threads of the tag. Like it was never there.
 

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JoshEllsworth said:
Love this brand! I have a few of the shirts that Jackson from Vapor gave to me at a show, and I wear them religiously. Very breathable and overall a great product.
Josh...do they feel that good???? I think this product might be exactly what dye sub has been looking for. Do you guys carry this fabric?
 

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I really like them. We looked at the product at one point, but chose not to pick it up just because our business model isn't set up to distribute garments. If it was, we would carry this brand, I'm certain of it. I think they are one of the most cutting edge manufacturers for sublimation friendly garments. The guys that work there are awesome as well. Definitely worth a test order to see what you think.
 

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Thanks Josh....I I trust ya giving me the ok sign!!!! I want to try this fabric so anyone that knows a wholesaler for Vapor Apparel please post up. I think this just might be a key ingrediant in the dye sub situation. Ready willing and able. Rodney....I ran into some defunct sites as well!!!!!
 

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D.Evo. said:
You nearest distributor will be Johnson Plastics - you can get a sample pack of assorted styles from them.
http://www.johnsonplastics.biz/CGI-BIN/LANSAWEB?WEBEVENT+L0B098B9058810000889D05G+M37+ENG
Hi Tania,

I can't seem to find a sample pack that has a variety of colors and/or sizes per order/pack on johnston's site. Is there one or did I misunderstand you and you meant they just have sample packs with one color in one size only per order/pack.

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Annushka
 

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I just want to order some samples of a few different styles/colors.

The last company I tried (www.thepaperranch.com) made me think I could order online, but after I added everything to my shopping cart, selected shipping and went to select a payment method, their only way of accepting credit cards was offline by phone/mail/fax.

I'll keep looking :)
 

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Annushka said:
Hi Tania,

I can't seem to find a sample pack that has a variety of colors and/or sizes per order/pack on johnston's site. Is there one or did I misunderstand you and you meant they just have sample packs with one color in one size only per order/pack.

Thanks,
Annushka
That's what I saw on their website:

http://www.johnsonplastics.biz/CGI-BIN/LANSAWEB?WEBEVENT+L0B9ABA9161818600292D02A+M37+ENG

I just googled another re-seller with sample packs:

http://www.wickdstyle.com/osc/catalog/index.php?cPath=25&osCsid=9bb8e65af679a4e125d495a3e78f9333

Mayby calling/e-mailing one of the distributors and asking if they can put together a sample pack with what you need is the way to go?

Good luck!
 

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This really sucks. We are ready to give them a try and can't seem to get through to them easily.

The colors, the website and the variety of styles makes me want to order but I won't if it's a hassle.
 

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Wow, you guys sound really spoilt by online ordering/e-com websites!

Here, Downunder, old phone-call/e-mail methods of communicating seem to work just as good. Sometimes better...

I'm sure you won't be disappointed - I think it's worth the hassle.
 

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Vapor shirts sublimate wonderfully! Since they are actually 100% poly you get an unbelievably bold print. In my opinion they transfer much better than the Hanes SoftLink. The SoftLink only has a "layer" of poly which does not produce colors as dense as a 100% poly. They do feel nice as well.

I only wish they had the ANSI lime green:)

There are many sources:

Conde
Johnson Plastics
Apparel For Life
 
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