Choosing the Best Fabric for Your Custom Windbreaker

man wearing windbreaker in a forest
man wearing windbreaker in a forest

How Do You Choose A Windbreaker?

For years, the windbreakers in the market were primarily made of nylon. Buyers did not have much choice when it came to the type of fabric, probably because custom windbreakers were not a thing. However, now that you have the freedom to decide how you want your windbreaker to appear, both in colour and design, you even get to choose the fabric. 

The lightweight and waterproof features of the windbreaker still limit the types of fabric to use. However, today you have more options when it comes to the material of the windbreaker. 


Vintage custom windbreakers still use nylon as the primary fabric as it reflects an era when nylon was the only fabric that’s waterproof and wind-resistant. Unfortunately, the swishy sound made when one walked was off-putting for many people. The noisy movement increased the demand for other fabrics that had wind-breaking and waterproof features, but quieter. 

Micro Polyester

Micro polyester is softer than nylon and does not produce a swishy sound when one walks. A custom windbreaker made from micro polyester often has a cotton or mesh lining. Although it is softer, a micro polyester windbreaker provides sufficient protection from the wind and rain. It is an ideal choice for people living in hot areas, like Singapore, because it is lightweight.  


Custom windbreakers made of polyester are similar to those made from micro polyester. However, the difference is in the weight of the fabric. Polyester windbreakers are heavier, although lighter than those made from nylon. 

You may choose to insulate it with cotton or mesh, depending on your preference. The lining helps ensure the custom windbreaker does not stick to your skin, especially if you wear it over a vest when you go out for your run. A cotton lining is warmer than a mesh lining. 


Tricot is brushed polyester. It has a very soft texture and a bit of shine, but it is heavier than the other fabrics. Unfortunately, while this custom windbreaker is warmer, it loses some of its wind-breaking and rain-resistant features. So, your primary purpose for buying a custom windbreaker made of Tricot is to stay warm. This windbreaker is best worn when the weather is chilly with no rain. 

All these fabrics can be customised with your logo and test, depending on your preferred printing options. Screen printing and embroidery are often used on windbreakers. However, some companies are hesitant to embroider nylon windbreakers because the fabric is thicker and more delicate. 

A simple embroidery, primarily of a text, may be acceptable. However, designs that require a relatively high concentration of stitches may not be ideal for custom windbreakers made of nylon. 

Final Notes

These are the main fabrics you’ll find available when customising your windbreaker. When choosing the material, consider how you wish to customise the print. 

If the design makes embroidery difficult or impossible for your preferred fabric, you may choose to change the design or opt for an alternative material. Discuss your options with a company making custom windbreakers in Singapore handling the custom features to ensure you choose the ideal fabric.