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Disadvantages and advantages of the popular neoprene material

Today there are so many different materials that you can get confused in the names. For example, neoprene appeared relatively recently, but has already become popular. And what are its pros and cons?

What is this stuff?

Neoprene is a synthetic chloroprene rubber or, in other words, foamed rubber. In general, this material was manufactured in the 30s of the last century by the DuPont company, which was engaged in the production of polymeric materials.

First, the issue was patented, and the main goal of the manufacturers was to replace rubber with a cheaper option. In 1953, the French chemist George Bush invented the first costume based on this material. Today, neoprene is often supplemented with other components (for example, fabric) and is used to make a variety of items.


The main advantages of neoprene fabric:

  • Wide scope. Today, neoprene is used to make a variety of consumer goods, medical devices, sports and diving suits.In addition, this material is used for the manufacture of parts of space stations, as well as in industry. And recently they started to make it and clothes, which, by the way, is becoming more and more popular.
  • Since neoprene is tight, yet elastic, it provides a bandage effect, that is, it fixes the correct position. That is why it is often used for the manufacture of a variety of orthopedic adaptations.
  • Neoprene is waterproof, which makes it suitable for the manufacture of modern and very comfortable wetsuits.
  • Things from neoprene practically do not crumple, of course, if not deliberately crushed.
  • Elasticity provides maximum comfort when socked or used.
  • Things from neoprene perfectly retain heat, so they are best worn in the cold season.
  • This material is resistant to mechanical stress and is practically not subjected to deformation.
  • Neoprene is durable and retains its original properties.
  • Neoprene is frost resistant. According to manufacturers, it can withstand temperatures from -50 to +90 degrees. But the specific range will depend on the chemical composition of the material.
  • A definite plus is resistance to any vagaries of weather.
  • This material is resistant to ultraviolet rays, so it can not burn out in the sun.
  • Environmental friendliness. Under normal conditions, no harmful substances are released into the environment.
  • In neoprene bacteria, fungi and other pathogenic microorganisms can not breed, so that it can be called one of the safest materials.
  • Neoprene has excellent insulating properties, that is, it does not pass current (therefore it is used to make the casing of cable systems).
  • Such material can be called absolutely hypoallergenic.


Disadvantages of neoprene:

  • He does not let the air through and therefore practically does not “breathe”. So if you decide to buy clothes from neoprene, then be prepared for increased sweating because of the so-called greenhouse effect created under the cloth, as well as to irritations. And that is why wearing such things should be no longer than two or three hours a day.
  • In the summer in neoprene things will be very, very hot.
  • Neoprene is not easy to care for. So, it is possible to wash products from it only with hands and at a temperature not exceeding 30-40 degrees.Machine wash is contraindicated, as is drying. Also, do not use detergents for cleaning, suitable only a weak soap solution. Neoprene clothes should not be pressed either, as well as ironing. It is desirable to dry such clothes on a horizontal surface in a straightened form, and not in the sun or near heating appliances.
  • It is necessary to wear things from neoprene extremely carefully, as it can react with certain substances, such as alkalis, solvents, acids and even some oils. When exposed to certain aggressive compounds, structure destruction may begin. For example, if you stain your dress or swimsuit with orange juice, a dent or even a hole may form at the spot.

Be sure to weigh the pros and cons before purchasing neoprene products.

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