Uniform Fabric Technologies: Dri-FIT, ClimaCool, DryCELL, etc.


The days of playing soccer in a cotton t-shirt are long gone. Although cotton is very breathable, there comes a point in which the t-shirt absorbs so much perpiration it becomes heavy and uncomfortable. And you don’t want that. You want to stay light and quick.

All manufacturers creat their team apparel using their unique blend of moisture-wicking fabrics to aid your performance. You might recognize these fabrics as Dri-FIT, ClimaCool, DryCELL and others. All of these trade names that you see on your jerseys, shorts and/or socks are there to keep you comfortable while you take the pitch or the practice field.

These fabric blends are all designed to improve your comfort while you perform, but there are some differences between them that could get a little confusing – especially when the same manufacturer has multiple fabric blends.

In an attempt to make your life easier, here are some of the differences between all of these fabric options.

Adidas ClimaLite: The ClimaLite fabric blend is designed to wick sweat away from your body out onto the surface of the garment where it can evaporate at a faster rate. This allows your body to regulate its body temperature while you exercise.

Adidas ClimaCool: You could say that ClimaCool is ClimaLite’s “cooler” older brother. Not only does this blend of fabrics help in keeping the sweat off your body, but it also keeps the heat off. ClimaCool garments integrate special ventilation zones throughout it to allow air to circulate close to your skin.

Nike Dri-FIT: Dri-FIT is a high performance blend of fabrics that is meant to keep you dry and comfortable. It does this by keeping moisture away from your skin and transports it to the surface of the fabric where it can evaporate quickly.

Puma DryCELL: DryCELL technology aids with moisture management. This means that while you perform in this performance fabric, it helps keep you cool and dry. In fact, according to Puma wearing this fabric will keep you up to 50% drier than cotton blend fabrics.

We hope this information is useful to you the next time you want to purchase new soccer apparel.