Basketball uniforms are usually made out of polyester. What advantage does polyester have over, say, cotton for playing basketball? I personally did not feel any different whether wearing polyester or cotton.

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  • My initial guess is athletic departments are low on funds, and these are cheap and last a long time. That's just a guess though.
    – corsiKa
    Feb 18, 2012 at 9:15

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The reason for using polyester is,

  • Provide support and ventilation.

  • Absorbs water and transfers body perspiration away from the skin.

  • Prevent sweat buildup.

  • Although this material dries quickly, the sweat is expelled onto the outer layers of the garment and wind may cause the player to feel cold.

  • It is best to wear in hot or humid conditions.


Also, polyester / polyester blends are more lightweight than cotton, especially when cotton gets heavier as it gets soaked with sweat. This also helps with runners as well.

Nike has Dri-FIT. Adidas has ClimaCool.

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