is the most common and least expensive fabric for swimwear. It is
lightweight and form fits to the body. Because Nylon absorbs little
moisture, it dries faster than polyester swimwear, but it has very
little resistance to prolonged sun and chlorine.
Xtra Life Lycra (Better) suits are made with all of the same characteristics as Nylon/Lycra suits but are designed to fight off the negative effects of chlorine. The resistance differs by manufacture, so be sure to look at the tag and see what percentage of Xtra Life Lycra your suit has. Generally, the higher percentage the better.
Poly/Spandex (Better) is an economical and comfortable blend of two suit fabrics. Poly blend fabrics give you the increased chlorine and sun resistance along with a less expensive price tag.
Polyester (Best) swimsuits have less overall stretch but provide a softer more comfortable fit. 100% polyester suits
retain color and wear-ability for generally a year, depending of course on frequency of use. For this reason, we recommend polyester suits for swimmers who are always in the water.