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Jockey Silks


Q5)  What fabric is best for silks?

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 racing.


Thanks to Classic Silks USA for their help with this topic.

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