Nylon and Polyester: Knowing my swimwear fabric
When choosing a swimwear, it is likely that most of us would just want to feel how comfortable is the swimwear and how we look in it, we do not usually look at the materials used to produce the swimwear.
However, bits of information about the fabric will tell you how the swimwear would "behave" the moment you start enjoying it, and also help you in knowing how to maintain your swimwear quality.
Both Nylon (also known as Polyamide) and Polyester are superb fabric choices for swimwear as both are "tough" materials which can withstand the heavy use of constant body movements. Both materials are resistant to shrinkage, which of course is a must for an apparel we use in water most, if not all the time.
Nylon and Polyester are synthetic fabrics, meaning they are manufactured.
Here are some other features about the fabrics. It might help you decide which swimwear to buy.
Moisture Absorbency: Both Nylon and Polyester have low moisture absorbency, so you won't feel the swimwear weighing on you after your dip. However Nylon has much less (some articles say zero) absorbency than Polyester. It also means that a Nylon-made swimwear dries quicker than a Polyester-made one.
Comfort Stretch: Nylon has a better stretch than Polyester, so it gives a "less tightness" feel on the body, and the swimwear is easier to put on (than a Polyester made one). However, more stretch may also mean that the swimwear will lose its shape quicker than the one with less stretch.
Chlorine Resistance: Polyester has better resistance to chlorine than Nylon. Your swimwear will have less fade in its colours over time if it is more chlorine resistant.
Sun Exposure Resistance: Polyester has better sun exposure resistance than Nylon. With this property, you worry less about your swimwear thinning out with use.
Which feature do you prefer more on your swimwear?
references: www.fabriclink.com, www.curvysea.com, www.diffen.com