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.
The three most common and basic types of materials used for swimsuits are nylon, Lycra, and polyester. We've listed the pros and cons of each swimsuit material below to help you choose the best swimsuit fabric for your swimming lessons.
Both men created polyester based on the nylon inventor Wallace Carother's research. Eventually, the DuPont company bought the rights to Terylene in the United States and continued researching the polyester fiber, creating its own form, named Darcon, in 1950. Polyester Applications. In the 1900s plenty of people wore polyester clothing.
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Polyester is extremely chlorine resistant and colorfast, and you can usually expect a polyester swimsuit to last at least 2-3 times longer than a Lycra suit. "100% polyester" usually means a near equal blend of polyester and PBT – a special type of polyester that has the stretch needed for swimwear. These blends will give you the best ...
Polyester vs Nylon Carpets. In the home, both nylon and polyester can be used for carpets, curtains, draperies, bedspreads and upholstery. Polyester is also used for sheets, pillow cases and wall coverings. The video below talks about nylon vs polyester carpets:
Polyester vs. Nylon: Which Material Is Best for Swimsuits? J1107 Objectives/Goals My objective was to learn if the type of material and care procedures used on swimsuits repeatedly exposed to chlorine affected the swimsuits durability. I believe that the polyester material would be the
Polyester vs Nylon Polyester fabrics perform better than nylon for moisture management because polyester is more hydrophobic. Nylon threads will absorb more water than Polyester, water requires more heat energy to warm than does air, so nylon will feel colder when wet, and stay wet longer, and when saturated impede breathability.
These are chlorine proof swimsuits. Nylon is the most common fabric in swimwear (more stretchy than polyester, especially if it is mixed with Lycra or Spandex) and it has a lightweight, smooth fit on the body. Because it absorbs very little moisture, nylon swimwear also dries faster than polyester swimwear.
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Unfortunately though, you will NOT see a 20x longer life for the polyester endurance jammer unless Speedo fixes the weak threads stitching the seams! Another con some would consider, not me for I'm already too old to care "much", is that you will lose speed with the polyester vs. the lycra.
What material to use is an often debated question for swimsuits. While 100% Polyester has similar characteristics to Nylon, it tends not to hold up as well as far as durability or strength of the fibers. Polyester does, however, perform better than Nylon suits in chlorinated water and won't fade as much.
During the early years, nylon was always considered a smoother and softer fabric than polyester. Nylon was created as a substitute for silk and it shows in its soft, lustrous feel. From its inception, polyester has always been a rougher fabric than nylon, hence its original use in outerwear garment and suits.