Exercises are bound to generate warm air and sweat and therefore it is important to understand how different fabrics used to make Activewear deal with the two elements.
How a fabric deals with moisture (sweat) is referred to as moisture management. Fabrics with ability to pull moisture from the body and pass it to their exterior surface are referred to as moisture-wicking. Fabrics that absorb and retain moisture are referred to as absorptive. Absorptive fabrics become wet and heavy and are not good for exercises.
Breathability is movement of air through a fabric. Breathable fabrics allow air to pass through, making them good for warm weather. Tight-knit fabrics restrict air movement, keeping warm air close to the body and this makes them good for cooler temperatures but unsuitable for warm weather.
Let us look at select fabrics and see what makes the suitable or unsuitable for Activewear.
Cotton is one of the most breathable fabrics, soft and durable. Cotton tends to absorb moisture making it unsuitable for making Activewear.
Polyester is lightweight, very breathable and good at moisture-wicking, allowing moisture from the body to easily evaporate. Due to those properties, polyester is a popular fabric for Activewear.
Nylon is breathable, the level of breathability depends on how it is made, has low moisture absorption and with right treatment, it is moisture-wicking. Those factors make it another popular fabric for Activewear.
Spandex is breathable but not the best in terms of moisture-wicking. In Activewear, it is usually blended with other fabrics and is mainly used due to its flexibility and stretchy nature.
Other than moisture management and breathability, there are other factors such as fit, comfort and look that one needs to consider when getting an Activewear.
Take a look at some of our Activewear.