You may not be aware of this if you’re just getting into the fitness game, but your sportswear doesn’t only help you look good while you’re running on the treadmill or lifting weights, but it can also increase the efficacy of your workout. Take a look at the 10 best performance fabrics which will help you choose wisely.
Bamboo pulp creates a fabric that is lightweight, breathable, and absorbent and it also protects your skin from harmful UV rays. Bamboo fabric is incredibly soft, repels odour, helps to regulate the body’s temperature, and has an Ultraviolet Protection Factor of 50+ making it perfect for outdoor use.
The war between polyester and cotton has long been waged, but a Belgian study recently found that cotton retains less post-exercise odour as synthetic fabrics such as polyester allow odour causing bacteria to thrive. However, cotton isn’t necessarily ideal workout material as it absorbs moisture which will become uncomfortable during a high-sweat session.
Running, cycling, or any other outdoor activity demands that you’re protected from the elements, and as such it’s no wonder that everything from footwear to jackets are made with Gore-Tex. Gore-Tex isn’t a fabric on its own, but rather a synthetic membrane which coats regular fabric making it waterproof and windproof, yet allows skin to breathe.
While nylon may not be very comfortable for relaxing on your couch with your favourite betting sites, it is one of the most popular fitness fabrics available. Nylon is most famous for creating women’s stockings, and this wonder material is lightweight, soft, mildew resistant, and dries quickly. It also has tremendous stretch and recovery, making it perfect for workouts that require plenty of movement.
Polyester is essentially plastic cloth which makes it durable, wrinkle-free, lightweight, breathable, and non-absorbent so that moisture from the skin evaporates instead of being drawn into the fabric. However, synthetic fabric fosters bacterial growth and it doesn’t dry quite as quickly as nylon.
Polypropylene is also made from plastic and is 100% water resistant. So even if you’re sweaty from a run and the outside of your shirt is wet, the material touching you is completely dry. It’s a perfect base layer as it forces moisture through the fabric away from the skin, where it can evaporate.
This highly versatile fabric is also known as Lycra and is the ultimate stretch fabric as it’s able to expand to 600% of its size, offers an unrestricted range of motion, and then easily snaps back into place. Spandex is also breathable, lightweight, and moisture wicking.
Tencel is similar to bamboo in that it is made of wood pulp, but Tencel contains small hairs which gives the fabric its sweat-wicking properties and a lux texture. Tencel is also biodegradable, breathable, and resistant to wrinkles.
Wool is essentially nature’s performance fabric. It’s the staple choice of hikers as the material creates air pockets which help to regulate body temperature, while still keeping the body warm. It’s also breathable and absorbent, but the lightweight fabric does not retain odour.
X-Static contains a hidden weapon which prevents it from retaining any post-workout stench: silver. The fabric is woven with this metal due to its antimicrobial properties which prevent bacterial and fungal growth, and the silver will never wash out or lose its efficacy.
When it comes to choosing your workout gear, make sure it offers benefits suited to what you require.