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Is Swimwear Fabric Important?

Selecting the best swimsuit material for training or competition can be tricky. With all the quality brands on the market today the choices can be somewhat overwhelming: Kiefer, Speedo, TYR, Arena, and Dolfin. The choices vary between what style, color or pattern, and fabric. The selection of swimsuit fabric is very important and should reflect your goals as a swimmer: are you looking for the best fit, durability, stretch – or all of the above? Your choice of swimwear is vital to meeting your expectations.

Types of Swimwear Fabric:

Polyester

Polyester fabric has dominated the competitive swimwear industry for several years. Whether blended with Lycra® or by itself, polyester is the leading fabric for competitive swimwear. New technologies in polyester have improved the hand and feel of the material, allowing it to surpass other fabrics. Polyester holds its color and is resistant to chlorine. Some polyester swimsuits includes:

Characteristics of polyester fabric are:

  • Strong resilient fibers
  • Soft and comfortable fit
  • Durable, resistant to shrinkage
  • Abrasion/pilling resistant
  • Quick drying
  • Chlorine Resistant
  • UV Protection
  • Holds its shape
  • Exceptional breathability
  • 4 way stretch
  • Launders easily

Polyester PBT

PBT or Polybutylene Terephthalate

Characteristics of PBT fabric are:

  • Chlorine resistant
  • Lightweight
  • Matte finish
  • Fast Drying
  • Repels water
  • Snag Resistant

Nylon

Nylon fabric is an alternative fabric to polyester. Nylon is lightweight and offers a smooth fit. Nylon fabric has its disadvantages as it is not chlorine resistant and not as long lasting as polyester. Some nylon swimsuits include:

Characteristics of Nylon fabric are:

  • Abrasion Resistant
  • Lustrous, soft
  • Low in moisture absorbency
  • Excellent elasticity


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