METIS PCA vs Merino Wool vs Bamboo vs Other – do they stand the antibacterial test?
Claims too good to be true
We completely understand that what we are achieving with our proprietary METIS PCA Fibre and the claims that we are making are “too good to be true”. You may have felt this way after purchasing another product that has similar claims and it has left you feeling a bit cheated. Which has given us a bit of a challenge with our socks – to convince you, the customer, that the claims we are making are based on scientific fact.
Based on feedback we have received online, we decided to put some of our competitors to the test to find out how METIS PCA Fibre stands up against other fibres that claim to be antibacterial.
Where were the tests conducted?
We have tested our socks, and socks purchased either online or locally in Melbourne, with Thor Specialties Pty Ltd who are part of the international Thor Group.
We have tested to AATCC Test method 100-2012 Antibacterial Finishes on Textile Materials.
The objective is to provide a quantitative evaluation of the anti-bacterial activity in a sock sample.
As seen below, the results speak for themselves. They were surprising enough for Thor to retest the competitor products to make sure the results were conclusive.
|Sample||Staphylococcus Aureus ATCC 6538 R Value||Comment|
|AKESO SOCK with METIS PCA PCABSW 1818 General sock||99.95% reduction rate||Less than 100 organisms recovered after 24 hours|
|AKESO SOCK with METIS PCA PCABSB3618 Ski Sock||99.30% reduction rate||Less than 100 organisms recovered after 24 hours|
|Competitor Antibacterial Ankle Sock purchased online||no % reduction rate for sample||Significant increase in the recovered organisms K pneumoniae and St aureus over the 24 hour test period|
|Merino Wool socks purchased locally at a sock shop||no % reduction rate for sample||Significant increase in the recovered organisms K pneumoniae and St aureus over the 24 hour test period|
|Bamboo socks purchased locally at a sock shop||no % reduction rate for sample||Significant increase in the recovered organisms K pneumoniae over the 24 hour test period and an increase of .4 logs for the St aureus|
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