Benefits of neoprene fabric include water resistance, weatherproofing, insulation, cushioning and buoyancy. Neoprene is also hypoallergenic, as it does not contain latex.
Neoprene fabric is a fabric made out of rolled neoprene, a soft and flexible type of synthetic rubber. DuPont originally developed the material in 1931, and it is frequently used for weatherproof and chemical-proof products. One of its most common uses is for making wetsuits and diving suits, as the material provides both weatherproofing and insulation.
Neoprene is resistant to water, sunlight, oxygen, snow, sand and dirt. Therefore, it does not easily degrade after lots of outdoor use. It is also oil and chemical proof, so it can make a good material for producing protective gear such as aprons and gloves.
The material is thick, so it can help cushion the skin. It makes a great material for protective sports gear such as knee and elbow pads. Thicker neoprene also works well for camera bags and phone cases.
Although it is thick, it is also lightweight, so it does not weigh surfers or divers down in the water.
Neoprene is both thermal and heat resistant. The fabric itself can withstand temperatures as low as -50 degrees Celsius and as high as 120 degrees Celsius, as reported by DuPont.