What is neoprene? A look at base supply's favourite material

Why We Love Neoprene for Base Bags

21 May 18

Neoprene. You’ve heard of it (and if you own a base bag, you carry it around with you daily).

But do you really know what makes neoprene such a fantastic material? In this post we’re giving a behind-the-scenes look at the fabric that makes up our neoprene bags.

What is Neoprene?

Neoprene is a type of synthetic rubber. It was created in 1930 and is one of the most multi-purpose fabrics available. Since it was developed, it has been used in many industries. Thanks to its variety of desirable properties, the material is perfect for different products (wetsuits, tires, and hoses, just to name a few).

Today, the thick, padded fabric has also made its way into the fashion world. Used for clothing and accessories, neoprene is loved by designers for its structure and properties. Not to mention its uniquely stylish look.

What are the Benefits of Neoprene?

It’s Strong

One of the best things about neoprene is its strength. This is one tough fabric. You can be sure it won’t rip or wear away. It’s also heat, chemical, oil and ozone resistant, which is just part of the reason why it’s used so widely.

Water and Weather Resistant

Neoprene is resistant to water and a wide range of temperatures. Essentially, it’ll stand up to all weather conditions. Rain. Hail. Sunshine. Snow. Wind. You name it and neoprene will able to withstand it.

Soft and Lightweight

Neoprene is padded and soft. It can come in different densities but is generally thicker than other materials. So, it’s ideal for providing protection and cushioning. Also, it’s lightweight. And what’s not to love about that?

Flexible and Stretchy

Neoprene can flex, stretch and bend like a yoga master.

Why is Neoprene the Perfect Materials for Bags?

Many of neoprene’s properties make it great for bags. Its ability to stretch and flex means that you can always fit in that extra jumper, pair of socks, phone charger or book. Its soft and lightweight feel make it perfect for toting around town. No sore shoulders and necks here.

Did we mention the durability? Being able to carry heavy items without worrying about your bag breaking is always a plus. And, thanks to neoprene’s cushioning, you’ll know that delicate items like your laptop and phone are protected.

Finally, neoprene is seriously cool. For fabric from the ‘30s, it looks completely contemporary when used for a modern bag.

Base Neoprene Bags

At base, we make neoprene handbags, totes and clutches. Simple. Stylish. And built for the busy. Base bags work for every day and weekends away. Whether you’re packing files for work, your phone and card for the grocery store or bikinis for the beach, a base bag is the ideal vessel.

As well as being lightweight and durable, our neoprene bags are also washable (in the machine no less). That means runaway bronzer and dirt spots from the park are quick and easy to clean.

Sturdy hardware and reinforced straps also help our bags hold up under pressure while our selected colourways just work.

Need neoprene in your life? Check the base range from awesome bags that can handle anything you can throw at (or in) them.

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