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The improved materials for sports are great for making your exercise more enjoyable. Look for end of season sales if you have sticker shock and remember you will wear them more often than "regular" clothes so they end up being worth the cost "per wear." Hang dry (especially chamois bike shorts) and avoid dryer sheets that will reduce their ability to wick sweat away and reduce the lifetime of the product.

Spandex, lycra, and more advanced materials are names you may see when you shop. If you enter a race, often the pre-race expo will include good products at reduced prices - but DO NOT try a new piece of clothing for a long race or it may rub! Look for reflective material if you exercise in dark.
- Submitted by DRB13_1 12/19/2010 in Exercise | 45 Comments
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PENUMBRA52 3/23/2014 4:04:00 PM

    going to dig mine out, they are here somewhere
MRSTAZMAYO 3/4/2014 5:01:00 AM

BANNERMAN 3/1/2014 2:06:00 AM

    Thanks for sharing.
AMBER461 2/28/2014 7:16:00 PM

    Thanks for sharing, but where I live I have very hot sun so I don't have a dryer.
HYATTI1 2/28/2014 6:12:00 PM

DJHUMPHREY 2/28/2014 5:55:00 PM

    Dryer sheets, who knew
RAESUN54 2/28/2014 4:52:00 PM

    Thanks for information.
LSIG14 2/28/2014 4:08:00 PM

    Thanks for the info - I, too, didn't realize that dryer sheets reduced wicking!
LOVINGKATE 2/28/2014 1:50:00 PM

    WOW! Thanks so much for all the info. Have a great weekend.
VAINVT 2/28/2014 10:10:00 AM

    Didn't know that dryer sheets reduced the wicking - Thanks.
DELLMEL 2/28/2014 9:24:00 AM

SJKENT1 2/28/2014 8:28:00 AM

    good to keep in mind
GWINNER1 2/28/2014 7:25:00 AM

    Thanks for the tip about dryer sheets. I didn't know that.
CARRIELYN56 2/28/2014 6:02:00 AM

SJKENT1 12/26/2013 5:23:00 PM

    I didn't know that about dryer sheets, but I don't dry my work out stuff. Just let them drip dry on the line
AMBER461 12/25/2013 8:34:00 PM

    Thanks for sharing.
AMBER461 12/25/2013 8:34:00 PM

    Thanks for sharing.
GLORIAMAJDI 12/24/2013 1:02:00 PM

    Eh, didn't know about the dryer sheets. I definitely use them in the winter as my close stick together if I don't.
VAINVT 12/24/2013 10:45:00 AM

    Thanks. This is good to know.
DRTOVAH 10/31/2013 6:05:00 PM

    great tips!
LEANMEAN2 10/30/2013 6:13:00 AM

    Thanks for sharing
BANNERMAN 10/26/2013 2:18:00 AM

    Thanks for sharing.
SHELLA02 10/25/2013 4:13:00 PM

    This always works for me! emoticon
DELLMEL 10/25/2013 12:30:00 PM

CECELW 10/25/2013 11:08:00 AM

LCRUMLEY81 10/25/2013 9:46:00 AM

    great tip thank you
INGMARIE 10/25/2013 9:25:00 AM

    Great tip about dryer sheets Thanks emoticon
VAINVT 10/25/2013 9:12:00 AM

    I did not know that dryer sheets reduce the effectiveness of these materials. Thanks.
KATHY2053 10/25/2013 8:35:00 AM

    Great tip about dryer sheets. I've noticed that more "care instructions" on workout clothing also recommend skipping liquid softener for the same reasons. It interferes with the wicking qualities.
EBONYSOL 10/25/2013 6:19:00 AM

    Didn't know about the dryer sheets. Thanks for sharing!
J2740LOU 6/10/2013 6:10:00 PM

    Great Tip. I do have one. I'll have to find more for the summer fun outdoors. Thanks for sharing about the dryer sheets. I'll pass that on to some friends that use them
WATCHINW8 5/15/2013 9:40:00 PM

LEANMEAN2 5/3/2013 8:07:00 AM

    Thanks for sharing.
BANNERMAN 5/2/2013 12:58:00 AM

    Thanks for sharing
CHERYLSBUTT 5/1/2013 11:11:00 PM

    love them!
ALESTP 5/1/2013 6:50:00 PM

    Great idea! But when should I look for these "end of season" sales?
PURPLEJESSICA 5/1/2013 4:58:00 PM

    I have to completely agree. I'm less likely to want to work out in a regular Tshirt that I know will get damp and feel awkward than a moisture wicking alternative.
GWINNER1 5/1/2013 11:18:00 AM

    Thanks for the tip about dryer sheets. Good info.
SNIC23 5/1/2013 11:14:00 AM

    Great information. Thanks!
LSIG14 5/1/2013 9:25:00 AM

    Didn't know that about dryer sheets - thanks for sharing!
AEROBISAURUS 5/1/2013 8:47:00 AM

    Totally. emoticon
JULIACOLLINS62 5/1/2013 8:20:00 AM

    I had no idea of drier sheets being detrimental. I wonder if liquid fabric softener is not a good idea also. Thanks for your tip!
DELLMEL 5/1/2013 8:15:00 AM

    Thanks great suggestions.
MANDAMYMANDA 5/1/2013 7:16:00 AM

    Didn't know about the dryer sheets. Good tip!
SHANNONY84 5/1/2013 6:54:00 AM

    I love the idea! Thank you!

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