Polyamide or Polyester, What’s The Difference?

By Pulau Intan Lestari

October 24, 2022

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Both of them can be defined as synthetic materials that are made from plastic. But even though they are made from the same sources, they each behave differently. Let’s take a look at polyester vs polyamide and determine the differences between them!

In the other name polyamide also known as nylon, polyamide terms are more popular in Europe, besides nylon terms are popular in Asia. The fact behind it, Nylon is a trademark of the American company DuPont, and nylon is a type of polyamide. In history, we could know that polyamide came in a few years before polyester. It was first created before World War I, but it wasn’t produced commercially until 1938. Polyester was invented in 1941 by two British chemists, John Rex Whinfield and James Tennant Dickson.

Polyamide and polyester can be used in the sportswear industry, so to make it clearly let’s compare their performance in sportswear. Breathability is needed for every sports activity, we will not do sports in clothes that trap heat and make some discomfort right? Some of you will think it sounds weird to know that polyamide and polyester are the most used material for sportswear. Yeah, polyester isn’t as breathable as other fabrics, and polyamide is even worse than polyester. But today textile technology makes it possible to make polyester and polyamide even better, knitted technique is a secret recipe behind today’s sportswear comfort and breathability.

Colorfastness also becomes a definitive aspect in the sportswear industry, in some textile references we found that polyester is better than polyamide. But in reality, the color quality of them is really good, especially in light-resistant when compared with natural fiber fabrics. No surprise, with this quality they become the best choice for making sportswear with attractive color and design.

If we talk about durability, then polyamide will be slightly better than polyester. Polyamide has a high resistance to abrasion, is also oleophobic, meaning that it repels oils such as those found in sweat. Since polyamide was created as a synthetic alternative to silk, the hand feel they bring is softer than polyester. Finally, both of them are still the best material for making sportswear, they also could be combined to make a fabric with different characteristics.

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