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There are a lot of good things that come with being physically active in sports. The teamwork, the fitness, the parties, and even the custom t shirts that athletes get as a reminder of what they’re part of.

Playing sports is one of the most common activities students and adults do on a regular basis. For professional players, training almost every day is part of the package. That alone is hard enough, and these athletes need to make sure that they are prepared for it physically, emotionally, and mentally. Of course, it’s not only about challenges.

Going back to the training and playing the game proper, there are a lot of things that an athlete needs. One of those is their uniform or training apparel. It seems unimportant, but it is very much so as wearing the right kind of wear makes a big difference in their game. So, what are the best fabrics to use when choosing or making an athletic apparel and sports uniform?

1.  Spandex

Spandex gives much comfort to the person wearing it. It’s very lightweight so that makes it comfortable to wear. It is sweat resistant so athletes won’t have to worry about soaking in their perspiration.  Its elasticity is a good quality to have as well. Spandex material makes the clothing more durable. However, it might not be a good material to give your body some breathing space, and it might also be heat absorbent.

2. Cotton

If comfort is the number one in your list, then cotton would be a great material for your activewear. Cotton just has this smooth and soft quality in it that makes the people wearing any cotton-made article really relaxed. However, the drawback is that it holds sweat, and when it does, it gets heavy which would not be ideal if you prefer to do your workout or training with the least weight pulling you down.

3. Polyester

Off to the advantages, polyester material is relatively cheap, recyclable, and durable all at the same time. It also doesn’t wrinkle so sports with much physical interaction wouldn’t get you worried. It’s also hard to stain so you can use clothing made of this fabric when you’re playing sports that get you down to the ground. The disadvantages would be that it’s very shrinkable, so you cannot just toss it into the laundry machine and that it’s not as soft as cotton.

4. Nylon

Nylon is better than polyester in terms of moisture absorbency, durability, and resistance to wrinkles. It’s smooth and able to handle extreme temperatures. The only disadvantage is that it doesn’t absorb dye very well, so it’s not a good choice if you plan on having it digitally printed.


Choosing the right fabric for your sportswear really depends on your preference and priority list. Even the disadvantages would also have to weigh in your decision in choosing the best fabric. It also depends on the kind of sport or workout that you’re involved in. Evaluate what you need from a sportswear thoroughly then go back to the list and choose the most suitable one for you.

Post Author: Shaun Mayer

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