Growing up, if you’d told me to wear a polyester shirt on the soccer field, I would have said you were nuts. Wearing polyester fabric in the 80’s and 90’s was akin to wrapping yourself in plastic wrap. It didn’t breathe, didn’t hold up to multiple washings and looked bad. Times have changed.
Watching technology advance is easy when we’re talking about electronics. A perfect example is how over the weekend I took my old VCR and big heavy television to be recycled. Technology is actually touching everything in our lives and it certainly has affected the clothes we wear.
GearUp Sports is of course an official team dealer for Nike and our most popular items are made with Nike Dri-Fit fabric. Our customers love it but might not know what it is. What Nike will tell you is that it is a high-performance, microfiber, polyester fabric. You might still not know what it is so I thought I’d break that down here.
I might sound like a homer when I say Nike = high performance, but it is a concept integral to their brand. Yes, fashion is important and Nike knows their products need to look good to sell, but elite athletes choose Nike in hopes of finding a performance edge. The most notable advantage is its ability to wick moisture away from the body and bring it to the surface of the garment where it can evaporate.
Microfiber fabrics have been around a while. They’re typically a polyester or nylon fiber that is much thinner than silk. The fibers are engineered to have certain characteristics such as strength or softness, that can make them superior to natural fabric. In the case of our very popular Nike Legend Short-Sleeve Training Top, the fabric looks, feels and hangs a lot like silk. It’s superior to silk for its durability and superior to cotton for how it wicks moisture away from the body.
Lastly, you may see other fabric technologies in the market, including a line that is based on TransDRY treated cotton. There are pros and cons to these other fabrics and are worth checking out.
®Dri-Fit is a registered trademark of Nike.