Lycra Is A Good Choice For Runners Clothing
Lycra is a good choice for both professional and hobbyists alike in the world of sport. It can also be known by other names such as elastine or spandex, depending on where you live in the world. Lycra is an amazing material as it is flexible and lightweight whilst being highly
Lycra prevents chafing as it moves with the skin as you run; when you sweat it absorbs moisture before wicking it into the atmosphere, leaving you cool and dry. In compression clothing and cycling shorts, Lycra is often teamed with Nylon, which extends its life by reducing the impact that acid from perspiration has on the material.
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Lycra is also available teamed with cotton who like the material’s soft feel. These two materials when combined together increase the stretching value of the fabric and also the comfort of the product. This teaming can be quite expensive but is worth it if you really want the comfort value in your Lycra running shorts.
Cotton is not great at wicking away moisture on its own but teamed with Lycra this isn’t a problem. You will still stay dry and your body temperature will remain even. To prevent chafing in your Lycra products make sure that you buy items with flat lock stitching which lies nice and flat against your skin preventing any irritation or discomfort.
Sometimes to preserve their modesty some runners favour wearing a lightweight pair of baggy shorts over the top of their tight Lycra shorts. Men especially like to wear their Lycra products this way and some women join them. In the winter months it is less of an issue really as no one can really see you that well except if you are wearing reflective clothing.
Lycra will always remain the most sought after runners’ clothing and will firmly remain popular for all sports.