GlideWear Ultra-Low-Friction Fabric | Athletic, Medical & Apparel

    • Use patented, friction-reducing GlideWear fabric to protect skin from the adverse effects of friction and shear.
    • GlideWear Pre-Ply fabric is bonded with a water-soluble adhesive for easy cutting and sewing.
    • Ideal for apparel, braces, medical devices, socks, sports equipment, and more.
    • Used in athletics, wound care, fragile skin conditions (epidermolysis bullosa), and burn care.
    • Protects skin from the harmful effects of friction and shear, including, rubbing, skin breakdown, pain, chafing, pressure ulcers, and bed sores.
    • Made in the USA. Machine washable. Tumble dry.
    • GlideWear Pre-Ply can be provided in custom sizes (large volume only), or comes in three standard sizes: 5 x 5 ft. (approx. 1.5 x 1.5 m), 2.5 x 5 ft. (approx. 0.75 x 1.5 m), and 2.5 x 2.5 ft. (approx 0.75 x 0.75 m)
    • Bulk pricing and quantities available for manufacturers and fabricators. Contact us for more information.

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How Does GlideWear Work?

GlideWear fabric is a patented, dual-layer technology that protects skin be reducing the friction and shear that cause rubbing, bed sores, pressure ulcers, wounds, redness, and pain. GlideWear is durable, machine washable, and reusable.

What is GlideWear Pre-Ply Fabric?

GlideWear low-friction fabric is extremely slippery, so it is prepared with a water-soluble bonding agent to make it easier to work with during the cut and sew process. This temporarily bonded version of GlideWear is called GlideWear Pre-Ply.

Manufactures and DMEs can now buy GlideWear Pre-Ply fabric in bulk and add it to their own products to make them even more effective. GlideWear is ideal for the medical, athletic, transportation, and fine apparel industries. Consumers can also buy GlideWear Pre-Ply for home use.

“I immediately felt a difference in how my skin felt after getting into my wheelchair in the morning… I have noticed a significant reduction in red marks on my skin and heat rash bumps were all but gone. I have since ordered six additional pairs.” — Jason in Minnesota

GlideWear Pre-Ply for Manufacturers and Fabricators

When sewn in strategic, at-risk locations of medical devices, garments, and sports apparel, GlideWear significantly reduces unwanted, harmful friction and shear forces. You’ll love GlideWear, and so will your customers. The manufacturer of GlideWear, Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, uses GlideWear in a number of products, including GlideWear Skin Protection Underwear, Heel & Ankle Protectors, Forefoot Protection Socks, Wheelchair Cushion Covers, and Hair and Scalp Protection Pillowcases.

Brands that Use GlideWear Fabric


Prototyping Made Easy

Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, Inc., the manufacturer of GlideWear, offers support with prototyping as you determine the best use of GlideWear in your products. If you have an idea, let us know and we’ll work with you to make it a reality.

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GlideWear Pre-Ply for Consumers & Custom Use

  • Step 1: Make a patch out of GlideWear Pre-Ply bonded fabric. Cut the (unwashed) GlideWear Pre-Ply material to your desired size & shape.
  • Step 2: Pin the patch. The GlideWear fabric is quite stretchy. If you wish to sew a GlideWear patch to another material, particularly a fabric with less stretch, you must pin it well before sewing. Once you position the GlideWear patch as you want it, pin the perimeter every 1” to 2”.
  • Step 3: Sew on your GlideWear patch. Once your patch is pinned in place, it’s time to sew. A good stitch to use is a Tricot, also known as a multi-step zig-zag, with a stitch length of two millimeters (this is only a recommendation & your settings may need to be adjusted). A regular zig-zag stitch does not work well, as it causes the material to pucker after washing. With the middle of the presser foot about 1/8″ from the edge of the GlideWear sew the perimeter, overlapping the seam 1/2″ to finish it. The outermost edge of the stitch should be at, or just past, the edge of the GlideWear material.
  • Step 4: Activate the GlideWear Low-Friction Effect. Once you have sewn your product you can activate the GlideWear by washing! This can be done by hand or machine, no soap or detergent required. However, you must make sure all the water-soluble adhesive is washed out. It can then be air or machine dried (tumble dry low).

Step 1: Cut your GlideWear patch

Step 2: Pin your GlideWear patch in place

Step 3: Set up your sewing machine with a Tricot stitch

Step 4: Sew your GlideWear patch in place

Stitch detail

GlideWear Will Help Your Customers

GlideWear fabric can be applied to products to reduce the friction and shear that affects:

  • Wheelchair users who experience redness, pain, or bedsores on the buttocks or tailbone
  • Athletes who experience pain or rubbing while exercising or competing
  • Elderly people with limited mobility who spend much of the day in bed, sitting, or using a wheelchair
  • People recovering from surgery who are temporarily bed-bound
  • Amputees who experience discomfort, redness, and skin breakdown on their residual limbs
  • Individuals with neuropathic foot pain related to diabetes who are highly susceptible to ulceration
  • Wound care professionals looking for a long-term solution for their patients

How to Cut & Sew with GlideWear Pre-Ply

GlideWear® Pre-Ply can be handled, cut, and sewn in any traditional method. All cutting and sewing should be done before washing out the adhesive. Once integrated into a finished product, it must be laundered to remove the water-soluble bonding agent that holds the dual-ply material together during manufacturing. Therefore, the “GlideWear® Low Friction Effect” is undetectable until after laundering. We recommend incorporating the GlideWear fabric strategically – only in the area where you need skin protection or low friction. Avoid covering an entire surface with GlideWear.

The best stitching technique for a specific product varies based on factors such as product, design, and combinations of materials. If you are making a product for someone with reduced sensation (“neuropathy”) or very sensitive skin, be sure to use flat seams, and keep seams away from parts of the body at a higher risk for skin breakdown.


If you’d like to learn more about how GlideWear can help your customers and improve your products, contact us at 866-795-0057 or We’d be happy to send you a sample of GlideWear so you can feel the GlideWear difference. GlideWear is made in the USA by Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, Inc.

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Material Specifications

85% Nylon, 15% Spandex, Does not contain latex



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