Phee Fabrics Nylon /Spandex tricot is similar to what some refer to as "swim" with a few exceptions.
- Tricot is a warp knit fabric.
- This means it has an interlocking pattern within the threads.
- The wrong side of the fabric is textured, that is the part that you will want against your skin.
- Tricot construction creates a more durable fabric.
- It will not build up static or cling to your body, if making a swimsuit with it, you will still want lining to prevent suction.
Warp knitting differs from weft knitting, how "swim" fabric is typically constructed, by having each needle loop its own thread made out of a poly/ spandex blend.
The difference between nylon/spandex & poly/spandex, depending on the weight referred to as "swim" or "athletic poly"
- nylon (tricot) is stronger and more durable than polyester
- nylon (tricot) is softer than polyester
- nylon (tricot) has greater stretchability
- nylon (tricot), while moisture wicking, has a lower moisture absorbency
- nylon(tricot) is abrasion resistant
- nylon(tricot) has a high level of chlorine resistance
What about UPF (ultraviolet protection factor)?
- Phee Fabrics nylon/spandex tricot is between 35 -50% UPF
- Darker colors will hold a higher level of UPF
- Thicker fabrics have a higher UPs rating. Phee Fabrics tricot weighs more than typical "swim" fabrics
- Some companies apply a UPF coating to their fabrics to "increase" their rating but it washes out. Phee does not
- Wetness can cause a significant reduction in a fabric's UPF rating
- Phee Fabrics nylon/spandex tricot has a tighter weave than other nylon/ spandex or poly/ spandex blends.
- The weave affects the UPF rating. A tighter weave results in a higher level of protection.