Do athletic spandex socks make a difference to performance?

Surprising though it may seem, athletic spandex socks can pose the same difference as a rightly selected pair of shoes can. 

Let’s try to understand this way;  an athlete running with blisters caused by wrongly selected socks, will he be able to perform his best? 

Certainly not!

We generally ignore socks without even contemplating how much difference they can make to our performance. However, it’s a common picture of the present time that Athletic spandex socks have infiltrated the running realms, and have become one of the essentials for athletes.

Moreover, there’s nothing more stressful than taking off your shoes around people and thinking if you will load the room with the stench from your sweaty socks.

Well, there is no reason to live with fear because the real culprit is poorly selected socks.

 

Wondering, how this choice could really impact the performance?

The athletic socks are made of fabrics such as hosiery yarn polyester, acrylic, which are perfect for long-duration workouts. When fabric like polyester is blended with spandex fabric it prevents moisture and fiction.

Inviya Spandex infused fabrics not just wicks away the moisture but also ensures absolute stretch and comfort to the socks.

Whereas Cotton socks retain moisture, consequently heat, and friction in sport’s shoes you are more likely to perceive blisters, calluses, and hot spots. 

Benefits Of  Athletic Spandex Socks

  • Reduce movement 

Premium quality athletic spandex socks offer an additional grip that stabilizes feet inside shoes. The reduction in movement reduces friction results in preventing blisters. 

  • Moisture Wicking Property 

When spandex is infused with fabric it not only reduces movement but also wicks sweat and moisture away from the skin. Dry skin creates less friction which leads to less blister and comfortable movement.

  • Comfort And Stretch

When spandex fiber is blended with polyester yarn it ensures distinctive features of comfort, stretch, and durability to the socks.

  • Enhanced mobility

High-quality athletic spandex socks prevent toenail problems and other serious foot issues that can compromise your performance. Inviya spandex for socks allows you to move freely and comfortably with improved performance. 

  • No Musty Odor

The moisture-wicking property ensures that there is no extra sweat which leads to no bad odor even after a long duration workout. So next time you don’t have to get embarrassed for stinky sweaty socks.

  • Anti Blister Property

Whether a long day of walking or a half marathon, athletic socks keep feet comfortable and socks dry and in place for the long haul.

However, choosing the athletic spandex socks, in the end, is a question of personal preference. Whether it is uncomfortable pressure points, blisters, or sweaty feet; without doubt, there are many problems the best athletic socks could solve 

And owing to these unique properties Athletics spandex socks never fail to help you in improving performance.

Next time when you decide on sporty attire for your game don’t forget to select the right pair of socks, for a good performance game. 

Is spandex the same as neoprene?

Spandex and neoprene have a link from historical times. The invention of spandex (Lycra) dates back to 1959 in Virginia. Neoprene is a form of synthetic rubber. We primarily use spandex for its stretchability. Before the invention of spandex,  industries used rubber to provide elasticity to the products. However, rubber was heavy and less adaptable. So, the origination of spandex took place through a project to find a synthetic alternative to rubber.

Here, the terms of comparison are spandex and neoprene. Neoprene is the synthetic form of rubber, invented in 1930. The fabric made from neoprene is called neoprene fabric, and it has uses in apparel, sporting, military, and other industrial products. Although neoprene also shows good elasticity and some other properties similar to spandex, the applications of both are quite different. Let’s take a look at a comparative study of spandex and neoprene over several parameters.

  • Elasticity and recovery

-Spandex: Spandex has exceptional elasticity. It can stretch to over 500% of its original size. It also regains its original shape speedily and does not lose its original state even after multiple uses.

-Neoprene: Neoprene also shows high elasticity. However, because it is a form of rubber, its recovering property starts fading after several uses. If stretched beyond a certain point, it does not pull back at all.

  • Production

-Spandex: There are four production processes of spandex- melt extrusion, reaction spinning, solution dry spinning, and solution wet spinning. Solution dry spinning is the most popular amongst the four. It is a copolymer.

-Neoprene: Free radical polymerization of chloroprene produces spandex. It is a homopolymer.

  • Moisture-wicking

-Spandex: Moisture-wicking ability of spandex is high. It takes up water particles and sweat and wicks the moisture throughout the garment.

-Neoprene: Neoprene has no moisture-wicking ability. It is a waterproof material.

  • Breathability

-Spandex: Spandex is a highly breathable material. It allows the passage of air and moisture through it.

-Neoprene: Neoprene fabric is non-breathable. No air or water particles can pass through it.

  • Heat Retention

-Spandex: Spandex is incapable of heat-retention.

-Neoprene: It has high heat-retention properties.

These points of difference indicate that neoprene and spandex are not the same. Apart from some similarities, both exhibit unique properties. That is why their application range differs.

For instance, spandex has a moisture-wicking ability, and it does not retain heat. Neoprene does not wick moisture but is insulative. This property allows the use of spandex in swimwear. Neoprene, for the same reason, has applications in waterproof products such as wetsuits.

Spandex has uses in the medical industry like gloves and bandages. Neoprene has applications in military equipment like gaskets.

Overall, spandex has applications in form-fitting garments like shapewear, stretch pants, skinny jeans, swimwear, and motion capture suits. Neoprene has applications in scuba gear, sportswear, electronic and industrial equipment. So, some of the products like sportswear fall under both neoprene and spandex. However, spandex is primarily known for its elasticity and neoprene for its waterproof and heat-retention properties.

Spandex in swimwear fabrics

We know that swimming is a competitive sport and a calming hobby. Swimwear should be comfortable as well as functional to retain the competitive and calming nature of swimming. It is rightly so because it is the quality of costume of any sport that largely influences the experience. For that rewarding experience, the choice of fabrics and their composition for the swimwear should be along the right lines.

The apparel industry uses a high percentage of nylon and polyester in swimwear. Nylon is a suitable choice for drag-suits and training-suits, and spandex suits well for competitive swimwear. However, swimwear, as a garment, should have negative ease and stretchability as a primary feature. The required stretchability is often not possible with just nylon or polyester. For that, nylon-spandex or polyester-spandex blends are ideal choices. The general composition is 80% nylon or polyester and 20% spandex. However, this composition may vary depending on the requirements of events or garments.

Spandex is a highly stretchable fabric and adds to the comfort of the swimwear. We, at INVIYA, manufacture 4th generation spandex. It provides features such as ease of movement and less drag while swimming. Here are some of the features that I-400 4th generation spandex adds to swimwear.

  • Stretchability: Swimwear needs high stretchability to be adequately functional. If it is a two-piece swimwear, a two-way stretch is enough. However, a one-piece swimwear requires stretchability both length-wise and width-wise. Hence, a one-piece swimwear calls for a four-way elongation. INVIYA I–400 stretches up to 500% of the original size. Its high stretch power enables it to retain stretchability even after getting into the pool multiple times and repetitive washes.
  • Fit and shape: Since swimwear remains directly in touch with our body, we look for a comfortable fit. Our spandex gives your swimwear the right kind of fit and feels almost like a second skin. It is soft, gives a toned look to the body, and stretches in water too!
  • Less drag in the water: As one swims in water, there generates friction between the body of the swimmer and water. I-400 spandex reduces friction in water for a smoother swimming experience.
  • Quick recovery: Swimming involves multiple movements every second. The material of swimwear must quickly recover its shape and adapt to new states as body parts move. I-400 spandex provides ease of recovery and movement.
  • Chlorine resistance: Chlorine is a crucial chemical to maintain hygiene in the swimming pool. Swimmers often stay in pools for long periods. Our skin may develop redness and rashes because of the acidic nature of chlorine in the water.
  • Heat resistance and strength: The processing of swimwear involves many heat-based processes. Heat-based processes result in the weakening of the fibers. Hence, if the composition does not have heat resistance, the quality of the swimwear is affected. Our I-400 spandex has a high resistance to heat, which enables it to sustain severe washing conditions.