What is the best fabric for sportswear?

In the modern era, the sportswear market is saturated with a wide variety of clothes for every type of sports activity and environment. Therefore, it can be natural to feel overwhelmed when choosing the best fabric for sportswear embroidery projects.

When choosing custom sportswear, the type of material should be one of the most important factors to consider – the look and feel of the product can produce very different results.

So how does each material live up to these industry standards? Let’s see.

1.     Cotton

In the past, the consensus among industry experts was that cotton was a material that did not absorb sweat, so it was not a good choice for active wear. However, cotton sportswear has recently been experiencing a revival, as it has better odor management than other materials. In addition, it is breathable and does not retain activity by-products such as odors and odors.

However, when it comes to absorbing sweat quickly, cotton still lags when compared to its more modern and technologically advanced competitors.

2.     Calico

Calico is a sub-material of cotton. It’s an untreated version of cotton – meaning it’s made using the same process, but production is stopped before cotton is fully processed.

This highly absorbent material makes it a good choice for active wear. Also, by using Calico, you will do your part towards the environment as it is an eco-friendly alternative. The calico is also generally very cheap due to its unfinished nature and the fact that it is still undyed and raw. The drawback lies in the aesthetic aspects – you will need to introduce color into the material later in the process.

3.     Spandex

Spandex is one of the most common sports and gym apparel materials. This is due to its high tensile capacity, which makes the clothes graceful and comfortable for strenuous movements. In addition, this material is known to stretch 100 times more than its original volume, making it a preferred material for sportswear manufacturers worldwide.

This material is also known to absorb sweat, breathe and dry quickly; overall, it’s an excellent choice for cheap, feature-rich, and malleable materials. The only drawback is that it is challenging to embroider because the material doesn’t hold stitch designs well.

4.     Polyester

Polyester is another common type of material used in sportswear. It is a fabric made primarily of plastic fibers – lightweight, wrinkle-free, long-lasting, and breathable. In addition, it is non-absorbent in nature, which means that your sweat is not absorbed by this fabric but is left to dry on the outer surface of the material on its own.

Another reason why polyester is a popular choice for top sportswear manufacturers is due to the high strength and durability it offers. High-strength polyester fibers can withstand intense and repetitive movements of athletes and last longer than competitors while remaining relatively inexpensive at the level of similar materials.

Polyester also has fantastic insulating properties, which makes it an excellent choice for environments that can get a mix of hot and cold weather.

5.     Microfiber

Microfiber, as the name implies, is a material made of fine filamentous fibers with a linear density of a maximum of one denier. This means that microfibers have strands 100 times finer than a human hair. It is an entirely artificial material produced using a blend of polyester and polyamide.

This blending process makes it an expensive material to use widely – so any resulting products tend to be pricey.

You will likely see microfibers used in gym wear, towels, and sportswear production, as the material is highly absorbent and non-abrasive.

6.     Synthetic

Synthetic sportswear was initially designed as an alternative for athletes tired of rubber and plastic sportswear that causes them to overheat.

Synthetic materials can be used in clothing and other sports equipment, such as knee and elbow straps. This material is breathable and quickly absorbs sweat to keep you cool during exercise.

The disadvantage of synthetic sportswear is mainly related to how it is made. It is produced using chemical synthesis, resulting in non-renewable by-products, which are not beneficial to the environment.

7.     Bamboo fiber

If you want ultra-soft but moisture-wicking sportswear, go with bamboo. Bamboo pulp produces a natural texture that is light and has an anti-static nature. Bamboo fibers also absorb moisture, making them utterly odorless sportswear. It also offers excellent protection from UV rays, so wearing it in the sun for extended periods will not cause any problems. Bamboo fiber can be used in practically every application in which cotton is used.

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