Oftentimes comparing two items, things, or people that shouldn’t belong in the same category is a great way to gain perspective. It can educate us on the inner workings of the two items being compared, and teach us facts that we can tell our friends/family to sound more intelligent. Asking who would win in a fight underwater between the Power Rangers and Aquaman is like asking a waterman/waterwoman to compare compression shorts (spandex material) to neoprene (wetsuit material) – yet people still have trouble answering that question.
Before jumping into blind opinions, let’s look at some of the facts in regards to the properties of each party when they are underwater. Compression shorts, much like the Power Rangers, are made up of a couple elements that have very specific benefits. Most compression shorts are made up of lycra, nylon, polyester and/or spandex (lycra is sooo the Red Ranger). Many of us have worn compression shorts or pants before – whether playing basketball, practicing yoga, or just running. The reason we use this synthetic fiber is because in most cases it is stretchy, sweat wicking, antimicrobial, and keeps things in place. Even though compression shorts may feel comfortable, none of the key benefits of wearing them truly relate to wearing them in the water. In fact, salt water can actually break down the fibers of certain types of compression material to render them useless over time! Much like the Power Rangers, compression shorts are a great answer in certain land-focused sports and situations, but are not at peak performance in the water.
Now, let's look at how neoprene (wetsuit material) and Aquaman would fare in this fight underwater. Aquaman, although only one man, is actually made up of multiple elements that both his lighthouse-keeping father and his Queen-of-Atlantis mother passed down to him. This combination allows him to bond with the water giving him the properties to act as a creature of the deep – which is not so different from neoprene (wetsuit material). Neoprene is created through a process of heating and expansion, in which the final product becomes a rubber-synthetic material that is made of small closed cells. These cells are filled with small air bubbles to insulate against cold water by trapping heat in. #HeatTrapping
The goal is to choose a thickness of neoprene for the optimal watersport – ranging from the multifunctional 0.5mm neoprene-lined Drifties™, to a full-body 5mm wetsuit with a hood and booties. Regardless of the thickness, neoprene is NOT just about warmth – it also protects the watersport athlete from chafing, it gives added comfort, and it allows for maneuverability in the water. Neoprene was truly made for watersports.
Some may say this is a one-sided battle underwater – and we agree. Aquaman (neoprene) kicks the Power Ranger’s (compression shorts) ass in this underwater situation. He is the King of Atlantis for a reason! The point of this is to clarify that there really is a difference when considering which is right for your watersport, and making the right decision between land-and-sea. Neoprene is clear-and-away the better performer for all water activities given its ability to offer warmth, comfort and chafe protection. Keep this in mind the next time you think about sliding on those compression shorts underneath your old boardies...we’ve found the perfect solution!