Caps 101: Silicone Vs. Latex

When it comes to swim caps, there are a lot of options to explore. However, two of the most common types are silicone and latex. Used for lap swimming, training and sometimes even competition, both of these options are affordable, comfortable and hydrodynamic.

So how do you know which one is for you? Read on for the differences between both.


Silicone swim caps are incredibly durable, hypoallergenic and very resistant to tearing. For this reason, swimmers with medium to long hair should prevent strand damage by opting for the flexibility and soft feel of silicone. In addition, silicone swim caps ensure easy on/off wear.

Given that silicone is thicker than latex, this type of cap is typically better for athletes in need of additional warmth (think open water). Plus as you can imagine, silicone is also a necessary alternative for anyone with a latex allergy.


Latex swim caps, which are typically made of latex rubber, provide athletes with a more generous fit. Therefore, they’re great for virtually every head size and shape. While latex is not naturally as long-lasting as silicone, it is the most inexpensive option.

Another thing to consider is temperature. Because latex caps are relatively thin, they are typically better for swimming in warm water and climates where your body temperature is likely to lift faster.

If you enjoyed this comparison blog, be sure to check out our “Goggles Vs Masks” post here.

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