What Is Nike Dri-Fit?

Updated July 19, 2017

No matter what sport you play, it’s likely there is a Nike Dri-Fit made for you. From socks to short- and long-sleeved shirts, shorts and jackets, Nike Dri-Fit apparel helps keep you comfortable while you are breaking a sweat.

How It Works

Nike Dri-Fit goes above and beyond a typical moisture-wicking material. Instead of simply wicking sweat and other moisture away, Nike Dri-Fit moves moisture to a fabric layer away from the skin where it can evaporate. This leaves the skin protected, comfortable and cool.


According to Nike, the material is made from 62 per cent cotton (5 per cent of which is organic), 34 per cent polyester and 4 per cent spandex.

The Difference

Nike Dri-Fit utilises moisture-wicking technology not used by other manufacturers. While most other exercise apparel offers breathable fabrics, Nike Dri-Fit helps move moisture away from an athlete's skin.

Washing Instructions

For best results, do not use liquid detergent. Instead, wash Nike Dri-Fit apparel in cold water using powdered laundry detergent. It is also essential to air dry Nike Dri-Fit apparel, as an electric dryer can neutralise the effectiveness of the material. In addition, avoid ironing, dry cleaning and bleaching.

Nike Dri-Fit Competitors

Adidas offers a similar product called ClimaCool, which is made from 100 per cent polyester and allows air to flow continuously through it. Likewise, Reebok makes a 100 per cent polyester product called Reebok PlayDry that also offers excellent ventilation, thus reducing skin irritation. Finally, Under Armour offers a line of apparel that keeps an athlete's skin dry and cool and helps disperse odours.

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Lindsay Maddox has been writing professionally since 2008. Her pieces appear in Twin Trinity Media publications and on various websites. Most recently, she has been affiliated with Lifetime Network as a member of The Balancing Act blogging community. Maddox holds a Bachelor of Arts in marketing from Western Washington University.