Dolfin offers fabrics that are produced to meet our exclusive stretch and quality standards. We take tremendous pride in having the best fabrics in the industry. As the leader in performance apparel, it's important for us to advise you of the tendencies of certain fabrics, as well as practices to avoid.
Important Washing Instructions for all fabrics:
Hand wash in cold water after each use. Mild soap. No bleach, detergent or fabric softeners. Hang dry away from heat. Do not iron or dry clean.
Do not machine wash or use detergents. Gently rinse in clear cold water immediately after use. Hang to dry out of direct sunlight.
All Other Apparel
Machine wash cold with like colors. Tumble dry low. Do not use bleach. Do not iron or dry clean.
Tips on choosing a fabric:If you are looking for durability, 100% Polyester is the #1 choice. Our Reliance® 100% Polyester fabric has remained strong in the competitive swimwear industry for over 20 years. Whether blended with Xtra Life Lycra® or by itself, polyester is the leading fabric for competitive swimwear. New technologies in polyester have improved the hand and feel of the material, allowing it to surpass other fabrics. Polyester holds its color and is resistant to chlorine. Characteristics of polyester fabric are:
- • Strong resilient fibers
- • Soft and comfortable fit
- • Durable, resistant to shrinkage
- • Abrasion/pilling resistant
- • Quick drying
- • Chlorine Resistant
- • UV Protection
- • Holds its shape
- • Exceptional breathability
- • 4 way stretch Launders easily
For comfort, lighter use of swimwear nylon blends are the way to go. Often blended with Spandex or Xtra Life Lycra® for elasticity.
- Pros: Comfort, offers a lightweight, smooth fit. Quick-drying and low-water absorbency. Typically lower cost than polyester.
- Cons: Has less resistance to prolonged sun exposure, and chlorine so fabric will fade much faster, lose shape than polyester. It’s just the nature of the different fibers! (To help, rinse with cool, fresh water after each use.)