Quick Dry Technology: what is it?


When we push ourselves to the limit our heart rate increases to rush oxygen to our muscles. Our body temperature then rises and our skin begins to sweat. The evaporation of sweat requires heat energy, which in turn cools the skin down and controls our core temperature.


A good quick drying and wicking material will move the excess moisture away from your skin and towards the surface of the material (absorbing or drawing off water by capillary action). Once it comes into contact with the outside air or the next layer of clothing it can be evaporated to help control your body temperature.


If the fibres next to our skin don’t wick away this sweat, but instead absorb it, your core temperature can drop as the moisture cools against your skin. 

Cotton is an example of a poor quick drying material that will absorb moisture which can be quite an irritating and uncomfortable experience. These materials can also harbour bacteria, cling to odour, cause chafing and take a long time to dry before it’s ready to wear again.


Quick Drying Materials

  • Keep you cool and comfortable

  • Dry whilst wearing

  • Dry and ready for the next day 

  • Can be odour resistant


Non Quick Drying Materials

  • Absorb moisture

  • Be irritating and uncomfortable to skin 

  • Retain bacteria and cling to odour 

  • Take a long time to dry 



How it works 

The speed at which each material will dry varies depending on the type of fabric:


Natural quick drying materials are often made from merino wool. The super thin fibres make it effective at drawing moisture away from the skin, with scaly exterior cuticle layer, and a water resistant waxy film coating. Their anti-microbial properties prevent the build-up of odour and won't scratch or irritate the skin like normal wool can

Quick Dry +

Care ++

Odour Resistant +++


Synthetic fibres are inherently good at moving water as they are non-absorbent. Moisture travels along the fibres and escapes through the tiny holes between the yarns, evaporating into the air. These fibres are constructed with thinner yarns resting closer to the skin and the thicker yarns on the outside, helping the movement of moisture.


Quick Dry ++
Care ++

Odour Resistant +



Blended quick drying materials are made from a mix of synthetic and natural fibres, such as merino wool, polyester and bamboo. Yarns are exceptionally quick drying, lightwieght and durable, whilst natural fibres help keep odours at bay and perform better in colder conditions. 

Quick Dry ++

Care ++

Odour Resistant ++

Care Info

Appropriate care will add to the life and efficiency of your quick drying clothing, just bear the following in mind:

  • Wash after each use and dry naturally

  • Ideally hand wash (use the recommended cleaner as concentrated detergents will strip protective coating and fabric softeners can reduce its drying ability)

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Recommended Quick Dry Ranges

Ayacucho  Dri Release range | Synthetic Fibres

Rab  MeCo range | Blended Fibres 

Helly Hansen  lifa Technology range | Synthetic Fibres 

Regatta  Symmetry Range | Synthetic Fibres