The Benefits of Wicking Clothing

Have you ever asked yourself the question “what is moisture wicking clothing?” Well, if you have then we have the answer for you. While there are all different manufacturers who claim to have the “best” type of moisture wicking clothing, the type and use of wicking fabric is an individual choice. Wicking fabrics can be made of natural fabrics such as wool or silk, blends of synthetic and natural materials, or man made synthetic fibers such as polyester, polypropylene and unique “brand” fabrics used by a variety of different companies.

Regardless of the brand or fabric you choose, the purpose is the same. To “wick” moisture away from the body keeping you dry and at a comfortable body temperature whether in a hot or cold climate. Because of their ability to lift moisture from the skins surface, wearing wicking clothes in the summer can provide a drying effect while preventing overheating from occurring. In the cold winter months, wearing moisture wicking fabrics are effective for both controlling moisture and providing an additional layer of insulation. Oftentimes, people will wear multiple layers of moisture wicking clothing allow them the option of shedding layers if they become too warm.

Most people only think of moisture wicking shirts and pants being warn as a base layer, other sources of wicking clothes are as follows:

socks

hats

bras/sports bras

underwear/panties/boxers

shorts/compression shorts

Whether you are a weekend warrior or an elite athlete, wicking clothing has benefits for anyone who sweats.