A complete guide to sportswear materials

A complete guide to sportswear materials

13.05.2021 4 minutes

It used to be that an old T-shirt and sweatpants were enough for a workout. However, technology and the market moved on, and we went with them. Just like a meticulously planned workout, meticulously planned sportswear can decide if you will be average or your best possible self. Every fabric has pros and cons, so you should choose the most suitable one for your sport. Our NEBBIA guide will make your choice easier and teach you how to take care of sports materials.

Yoga, pilates and low-intensity workouts

Cotton is suitable for lower-intensity activities. It is a natural material, gathered from the cotton plant. It is soft, permeable, pleasant to touch and resistant against pulling and abrasion. When you sweat, it tends to smell less than other materials, but it may add to your weight given its ability to absorb moisture. On the other hand, a cotton - polyester combination feels lighter and holds its shape well. Combining cotton and linen enabled us, on the other hand, to have a purely natural material that is both cooling in summer and permeable.

Where can you find it? Pieces from the Limitless collection follow the spirit of classic bodybuilding with a looser cut and a larger cotton content. Will you choose a NEBBIA BOYS shirt from 100% cotton or reach for the Joggers with a 12% polyester content? In both cases, you will surely enjoy a smart sports design and universal usage possibilities.

High-intensity workouts and group workouts

If you really focus on pumping iron or work out in a hot environment, you will definitely break a sweat. On top of that, you need to be sure that your sportswear will be flexible enough, durable enough and will adjust to your tempo. In this case, synthetic materials, such as polyamide (nylon) are the right ones for you. Polyamide is among the most durable materials. It absorbs very little moisture and dries quickly. Its only downsides include a higher price and lower resistance against the sunshine.

Where can you find it? The POWER material comprises everything you need for your training. You will find it in the Power Your Hero sports bra, as well as the High Waist Fit & Smart leggings. POWER is made of 80% polyamide and 20% elastane, which makes it durable enough, but it also adjusts to your body and your movement.

High-intensity and dynamic training

During a high-intensity workout, when you think about nothing but your performance, you need extra support for your muscles and joints. Compression fabrics press against your body, which speeds up your blood flow and improves the transport of oxygen. They also speed up regeneration, as they enable a faster disposal of lactic acid. On top of that, they lower the risk of injuring your joints or muscles. Compression material is strong, flexible and effective at removing sweat.

Where can you find it? You will find the functional attributes of compression fabrics in the beautiful pieces of the INTENSE and Honey Bunny collections.

For outdoor and hard gym workouts

Do you do several kinds of sports activities and are searching for something universal to wear? Perhaps the most common sports material is polyester. It is very popular among clothing manufacturers due to its durability and its ability to drive away moisture. In addition, it does not fade and microorganisms do not settle within. In order to achieve better flexibility, elastane is often added to sportswear. It is soft, very pleasant to the touch and it can expand and contract without getting damaged

Where can you find it? Even plastic bottles are made of polyester - the ones that end up in the oceans by the ton. That is why NEBBIA decided to keep expanding our Seaqual™️ collection. Synthetic fibres are very durable and reusable without losing quality. In SEAQUAL™️ LEGGINGS, you can experience a great workout as well as a pleasant sensation of removing 8 plastic bottles from the ocean floor.

Taking care of your sports clothes

In order for your sportswear to last as long as possible, we offer you tips on how to take care of it:

  • Wash at a maximum temperature of 40 °C.
  • Iron them without steam and at a maximum temperature of 110 °C.
  • Do not put them in the clothes dryer.
  • Do not use fabric conditioners.
  • Always follow the recommendations on the tag.
  • If you do not wear the piece anymore, give it away or recycle it.

Choosing the proper material and the suitable cut can protect you from injuries and push you further in your endeavours. The right material can help you avoid catching a cold or a heat rash. That is why you should adjust your sportswear to the training that awaits you today. You can be sure, however, that NEBBIA will dress you up for any kind of sports experience.