Neoprene: what is it? Neoprene fabric
If you ever held neoprene in your hands, what is it, just remember. Very elastic, silky, soft and lightweight material. It stretches effortlessly and takes the necessary shape, while it perfectly supports and models a silhouette better than any corset.
Features of neoprene material
Developed in 1930 by the American scientist Wallace Carothers, he still remained unique in its kind. Initially, its name was "Duprene", and only then it was renamed into neoprene. That this is some kind of material, almost everyone knows. In fact, this is a real work of art: light and porous, absolutely waterproof, extremely durable - this is the reason for the wide scope of its application. Today it comes in a variety of shades.
Application in the weight loss industry
Clothing made of dense fabric performs three functions at once:
- It supports the spine and prevents injuries and strains.
- With the help of a porous structure performs a micromassage while playing sports.
- "Sauna effect" - the skin under neoprene is heated, which improves blood circulation, metabolism and accelerates the breakdown of fat cells.
We must immediately make a reservation that the key to a slender figure here is the sport, and not the clothes from neoprene. It can be shorts, breeches, trousers, tops and even sports suits made entirely of this amazing fabric. The most common products are belts that are used for the problem zone of the waist, especially after pregnancy.
Despite the fact that such things are undesirable to wear for more than two hours a day, this time is quite enough, especially since neoprene greatly enhances the effect of exercise, it saves your time. Ten minutes of intensive training in a neoprene suit will be replaced half an hour without it.
Wearing such clothes helps restore elasticity and elasticity of the skin. If it is a qualitative neoprene, it will not cause allergic reactions.
Clothes for tourism and active recreation
Neoprene inserts are successfully used for making the upper waterproof layer of tourist clothing, tents, backpacks. No other fabric has such properties, will not be as light and strong as neoprene. What is synthetics, we have already mentioned repeatedly.It is for this reason that clothes in which the tourist will pass many kilometers can not be made entirely of neoprene, usually insertions are made at the bottom of the trousers and other places.
Use neoprene in the manufacture of diving suits. And there is material of different thickness, therefore, based on the depth of immersion and the season, different options are selected. The surface of neoprene can be covered with a special cloth or metal spraying, so that the heat shields back to the body. For fans of thrills - rafting, rafting on kayaks - such clothes will become a protection against moisture.
Today neoprene is not only a faceless black material.
The richest color palette allows creating fashionable collections, and this opportunity was used by designers. First and foremost, it is a swimsuit made of neoprene. The properties of the material are simply terrific for a beach holiday. Such a bathing suit does not get wet and does not stretch in the water. The amazing strength of neoprene makes it possible to use it for several seasons. Fabric emphasizes the dignity of the figure and draws all the shortcomings.
Skirts and tops from bright neoprene, too, will serve well. They will not get wet and do not die, keeping a beautiful view throughout the day.
This is most often sports and tourist shoes. Every tourist who has made a hike for several weeks in the forests and mountains knows how important the whole and dry shoes are. Normal sneakers in conditions of passing wet grassy thickets, streams and small rivers fall apart in a matter of days.Shoes with a high bootleg from neoprene will return from the campaign unharmed.
The second category is hunters. Here you need boots made of neoprene. Light and durable, waterproof, they keep their feet warm during long hikes in the marshes. A special insulating layer makes it possible to withstand temperatures as low as -40 degrees. Without an additional insole and a warm toe, they can be used from spring to autumn.
Advantages and disadvantages
The unique characteristics of neoprene have long been studied. It does not change its properties under the influence of water, wind, sun, even strong temperature fluctuations from -50 to +50 (it is necessary to add about neoprene, it's still synthetics, therefore drying on the battery and ironing are unacceptable).
Can contact with oils and many chemicals without harm. Virtually non-flammable, very flexible and elastic neoprene fabric does not allow air and water to pass through. These characteristics make the material indispensable in the manufacture of wet suits. From it special inserts are made, allowing clothes to be fixed firmly on wrists or shins. Equipment athletes can not do without this material: gloves, elbow pads, knee pads, covers, backpacks - this is just a small list of things that neoprene is used in making.
In general, all the merits of the material can be considered in a negative light. Dense tissue delays the release of heat, which is particularly noticeable in severe physical exertion. Overheating of the body can adversely affect the work of the heart and kidneys. Intensive sweating contributes to the occurrence of irritation and intertrigo. Although harm to the body is unlikely, everyone makes a decision on their own.
Care of neoprene products
Without proper care, no product will last long.This fabric is unusually durable, but it is necessary to observe elementary rules with it. Since the fabric touches directly with the body, it needs frequent washing, but it can only be done manually, using warm water (30-40 degrees) and soap. Drying should be natural, usually it takes only a few hours - and your things are ready for use again.
Where to buy
In a standard fabric store is usually not sold. In workshops on tailoring of specialized clothes, you can offer several analogues (polyester, eclon, mountain tex) and, in fact, neoprene. The price is often high - about 400 rubles per square meter. Add to this the services of cutting and tailoring, and it becomes clear what makes up the cost of finished products.
Neoprene is a unique material that has not lost its relevance since the invention, and it is almost 90 years old. The main application is, of course, goods for tourists and sportsmen, clothing and other attributes, to the reliability of which special requirements are made. The fleeting trend of fashion embodied skirts, swimsuits and neoprene dresses, but this direction was not very popular.