Silicone Swim Cap Characteristics, Strengths and Weaknesses

This article discusses the characteristics of a silicone swim cap as well as its strengths and weaknesses. This can be helpful if you are a beginner and wonder which kind of swim cap you should get.

A silicone swim cap
A silicone swim cap


While the latex swim cap was and still is popular, certain swimmers exhibit allergic reactions when they wear such a cap. To prevent this problem, manufacturers started to use silicone as a material for swim caps, as silicone doesn’t lead to allergic reactions. Nowadays silicone caps are the most popular kind.


A silicone cap has the following characteristics:

  • It is made of flexible silicone.
  • It is a little bit thicker than a latex swim cap.
  • It has a neutral smell.
  • It is shinier than a latex swim cap.
  • It can sport one or several colors per swim cap.


A swim cap made of silicone has the following strengths:

  • It doesn’t generate allergic reactions like latex does.
  • It protects your hair well from chlorine.
  • It lasts longer than a latex swim cap, because it doesn’t get attacked by chlorine and because it is thicker and therefore tears less easily.
  • Because it is thicker than a latex swim cap, it keeps the head warmer in cold water.
  • It often looks better than its latex or neoprene counterparts, because it can sport several different color combinations, and because its finish is shinier.
  • Swim caps with a more exotic shape (for example the funny ones with a shark fin or the more serious ones with a chin strap) are often made of silicone because the material is better suited to create more complex shapes.


A swim cap made of silicone has the following weaknesses:

  • It is more expensive than a latex swim cap.
  • It is less comfortable than a latex swim cap because it is thicker, less flexible and constricts the head more. On the other hand, it seems that your hair gets pulled less in silicone swim caps.
  • A silicone swim cap can slip a little bit more than a latex swim cap, but less than a lycra swim cap.


The silicone swim cap is your first choice if you are allergic to latex or want a better-looking swim cap that lasts longer, even though it is a little bit more expensive.

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1 thought on “Silicone Swim Cap Characteristics, Strengths and Weaknesses”

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    I bought the Borkut swimming cap which is silicone and is advertised as “Premium Waterproof.”

    Although it fits more snugly than other caps I have tried, it does not keep my hair dry and I would not recommend getting this cap.

    I have e-mailed the company to inquire about getting a refund and returning the cap but have not heard from them yet.

    Editor’s note: Borkut was an advertiser on this website in the past.

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