Notice the 20% Spandex on the tag. Spandex (or e...

Notice the 20% Spandex on the tag. Spandex (or elastane) add weight and hold water.


Have you ever noticed that some of your gear dries faster than others? Have you ever weighed your gear and noticed a garment with a thinner fabric weighs more than a similar garment with a thicker fabric?

The amount of spandex in the garment’s fabric is the difference. The higher percentage of elastane fibers (Spandex) the heavier the fabric will weigh and the longer it will take for the fabric to dry.

Elastomers are very heavy, hydrophilic (hold moisture) and degrade over time, loosing their elasticity.

I strongly recommend buying fabrics without spandex for back country hunting. High quality fabric suppliers have the technology advancements to produce stretch fabrics WITHOUT using elastomers such as Lycra.

Simply reading the tag inside your gear and avoiding fabrics with spandex will save you from carrying extra POUNDS in your back country kit and your gear will dry faster and last longer.


This article has 15 comment(s)

  1. Don

    Thanks for the tip Jason, so much athletic wear today is made with these fabrics.

    • Jason Hairston

      You are welcome Don!

  2. Jason Peak

    Jason, is there a reason why some outdoor clothing manufacturers use elastomers in their clothing? Is there some benefit? Other than cost, of course.

    • Jason Hairston

      Elastic allows for stretch and recovery for most of today’s sportswear. Compression fit and general stretch fabrics use a lot of elastic because weight and or moisture retention do not matter at the gym.


  3. Cory Benge

    Good post! Gives us something to consider!

    • Jason Hairston

      Thanks Cory!

  4. kyle peck

    Good to know! Thanks Jason for the valuable insight on what not to buy for surviving in the backcountry!

    • Jason Hairston

      Glad you found value in this type of information.


  5. Keith Peter

    Good heads up. Sometimes I find the text very hard to read even on your products so I end up e-mailing in to see about washing items. Thanks

    • Jason Hairston

      You are welcome Keith.

  6. Jerry V

    Thanks Jason, love reading this kind of stuff, keep it coming.

    • Justin Starck

      Same here!

      • Jason Hairston

        Thanks Justin!

    • Jason Hairston

      Glad to hear it, I will!


  7. colin schmidt

    Good to know thanks for info