We sell a variety of woven and knit products across our website and we are often asked what is the difference between the two when purchasing shorts, pants, jackets and tracksuits. The main difference between woven and knit fabrics is in the thread or yarn that composes them. We have written this blog to highlight the differences and hopefully clear up any confusion. 

Knit

A knit fabric is made up of a single yarn, looped continuously in rows to produce a braided look, which creates a stretchy material. Knitted products can keep you warm and comfortable as you are able to move around freely. Typically, knitted training pants are usually a slim fitted style which is perfect for playing football as they sit above your football boot.

Below are some knitted products that we offer.

Nike Academy 19 Knitted Pant

  • Dri FIT technology helps you stay dry, comfortable and focused
  • Stretchy fabric provides a close fit
  • Hem zippers make for quick and easy changing
  • Mesh side stripes add breathability
  • Zippered side pockets store your essentials

Nike Academy 19 Knitted Pants can be found here.

Nike Park 18 Knit Pant

  • Nike Dry fabric wicks sweat to help keep you dry and comfortable
  • Side pockets provide convenient storage on the move
  • Elastic calf panels make for easy on and off
  • Elastic waistband with contrast coloured lining and drawcord provides a custom fit
  • Elastic calf panels stretch to fit over your boots when changing

Our Nike Park 18 Knit Pant can be found here.

Nike Academy 18 Knit Track Jacket

  • Nike Dry fabric wicks sweat to help keep you dry and comfortable
  • Slim, tapered cut provides a streamlined look and feel
  • Zippered side pockets provide convenient small item storage
  • Stand up collar with mesh lining provides comfortable coverage
  • Full front zipper on the jacket offers easy on and off
  • Ribbed cuffs help hold the jacket in place during movement

Nike Academy 18 Knit Track Jacket can be found here.

Woven

A woven fabric is made up of multiple yarns, constructed through the interlacing of vertical and horizontal yarns at right angles. Woven fabrics are typically more rigid and is more durable than knit. Training pants usually comes in a looser fit than knitted pants and can sometimes come with with elasticated ankles. See below the difference between the Nike Academy 19 Knitted Pant vs the Nike Academy 19 Woven Pant.

 

 

Below are some woven products that we offer.

Nike Academy 19 Woven Pant

  • Dri FIT technology helps you stay dry and comfortable
  • Zippered pockets provide secure storage
  • Elastic waistband with drawcord provides a personalised fit

Nike Academy 19 Woven Track Jacket

  • Brushed body fabric provides a warm, comfortable feel
  • Stretchy raglan sleeves move easily with you
  • Invisible Thumb Loops remain hidden when not in use
  • Mesh side stripes add breathability
  • Quarter length zipper lets you dial in your ventilation
  • Outline Swoosh design trademark is embroidered

Nike Academy 19 Woven Track Jacket can be found here.

 

Nike Academy 18 Woven Track Suit

  • Raglan sleeves allow natural range of motion
  • Elasticated cuffs help hold the jacket in place
  • Zippered pockets in jacket and pants for secure storage
  • Jacket has shaped droptail hem for extra coverage
  • Pants have zippered leg openings for easy on and off

Nike Academy 18 Woven Track Suit can be found here.

Ways to Tell the Difference

Stretch

One of the ways to know whether the fabric is knit of woven is to stretch it. A knit fabric will stretch easily along its width, slightly less along its length, and it may also produce a run or lose its shape if stretched too much. A woven fabric will have barely any give along its width, and only slightly more give along its length.

Wrinkle

Another way to check your fabrics is the wrinkle test. Grab a small sample of your fabric and ball it up in your fist. If the creases from your test stay in the fabric, it is most likely a woven. If it springs back with little effect on shape or smoothness, it is most likely a knit.

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