Nylon or Stretch??
Every owner has expectations and vision for their silks and what they want
from them. Here are some specifics that may help in your decision making. Keep
in mind you can always change the fabric for your next set of silks.
Nylon fabric is lightweight, color fast, very durable and easy to
clean. If made correctly the body is shaped to keep the wind resistance to a
minimum. It sheds water in bad weather and withstands the various soils and
synthetic materials found in the actual race tracks. These have a full front
opening for easy on and off for the jockeys. Nylon displays well when framed.
Stretch (aka "aerodynamic") is tight-fitting, tends to snag and fade, and the
lycra/spandex fabric is somewhat
heavier than nylon. It is not as durable or long lasting as the nylon, and
stretch absorbs water. They are made in various ways - pullover like a turtle
neck, partial zip at the neckline and full zip front. Stretch does not show as
well when framed (compared to nylon).
Because of durability and a tailored fit, most owners decide on the woven
nylon. Mostly they just don't want the silks ballooning up or flapping when
Thanks to Classic Silks USA for their help with this topic.
Official Supplier of Silks for Legends on Tour
At Classic Silks USA we make the owner happy, the jockey proud and
racing look its best.
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