Neoprene, Neoprene Everywhere
Functional training just got sleeker thanks to this slimming, swimmable fabric.
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The signature material of wetsuits has come ashore: Neoprene is finding itself in everything from rash guards and sports bras to gym bags and sneakers. And while scuba divers and surfers alike have long preached its power—insulation from chilly waters and quick drying, long-lasting capabilities—gym goers, too, are beginning to sport the fabric.
That’s because neoprene is less expensive than other breathable materials, comfortable, and it allows for all kind of movements—everything an athlete loves.
So consider the below welcome additions to your summer workout wardrobe, whether you’re running the shoreline or merely dreaming of it from the treadmill.
Flexx 3-Pack Hair Ties, three-pack for $8
Sweaty, wet, salty hair doesn’t stand a chance against these quick-drying and playful hair ties perfect for the beach or the bike.
Roxy Pop Surf Optic Nature Binded Tiki Tri Bikini Top, $79
You’ll be certain to turn heads running the shoreline or surfing in this bright sports bra-slash-bikini top. It’ll also protect you from the sun and support long days on the move—plus, you can feel good wearing it: It’s made from 100 percent recycled swim and neoprene.
Skins A400 Women’s Tank Top, $100
Made with ADAPTIVE technology, this tank will put your others to shame by helping you stay warm in the cold and cool in the heat. It’s moisture-wicking, reflective, and packed with extra ventilation in your sweatiest spots. Plus, the straps are thick so they’ll never dig into your skin.
Alala Side Zip Neoprene Sweatshirt, $155
Pull off the laissez faire post-surf look with this edgy sweatshirt that’s the perfect mix of trendy yet functional. Thumbholes and breathable mesh please your inner athlete and a sleek, gold side zip and crewneck cut appeal to the inner fashionista.
Roxy Neoprene Performance Board Shorts, $58
Consider these bright, cheeky, 100 percent neoprene shorts your go-to for summer watersports. You can even pack light: the shorts feature a small zip pocket on the back.
Adidas by Stella McCartney Sneakers, $170
With a focus on airflow to keep your feet cool, mesh and ortholite materials for long-lasting cushioning (and no odor!), and a touch of neoprene detailing, these stylish sneaks scream summer. Plus, the pop of color will brighten up even the cloudiest of days
Silence + Noise Neoprene Duffel Bag, $50
Stay on the bright side at the gym, a weekend away, or at the beach with this soft and uber comfortable bag that will fit all of your summer essentials. You won’t have to worry about getting it wet, and you’ll look good carrying it through Labor Day.