Battle of the wristbands

It's the age-old question for promoters and event organisers - 'shall I upgrade my security wristbands?"

In the height of the summer event season, we take a look at the big differences between the two stalwarts of the security wristband world, vinyl and Tyvek wristbands.

Before we get deep into the security features thought, let's start with the basics:

What is Tyvek?

Essentially, Tyvek is a trademarked brand name for a composite of high-density polyethylene fibers - a kind of synthetic paper, hense why we sometimes refer to Tyvek wristbands as 'paper wristbands'. But, it's a whole lot more than paper...

Tyvek is incredibly strong, tear resistant and is completely waterproof - it's like this stuff was made for wristbands!

...and vinyl?

I won't bore you with the chemical make-up of vinyl. We've all come across it in some way, shape or form but let me make one distinction. There are many cheap, poor quality wristbands out there made from a sub standard plastic material, again this is why they're commonly known as 'plastic wristbands' - however, the ones produced here at ID&C are high-quality, 3-ply vinyl, making them stretch-resistant (unlike cheap plastic wristbands).

The security features

Custom Tyvek wristbands

A good old bullet-pointed list will help some this up nicely:

Tyvek wristbands

  • 100% waterproof
  • Tear resistant
  • Super strong
  • Non-transferable
  • Customisable

Vinyl wristbands

  • Non-stretch (3-ply vinyl)
  • Secure socket and stud closure
  • 100% waterproof
  • Customisable
  • Tear resistant
  • Self-closing
  • Non-transferable

Which wristbands are best for my event?

It depends on a number of factors. We stand by the security of all our wristbands, but each type of wristband has it's own set of unique properties. Ask yourself: how long is the event? Is it indoor or outdoor? Have there been security issues in the past? What is my budget? Do I need to print a full-colour image on them? Match your answers to the different security features and custom options we offer, and you'll be on your way to the perfect customised security wristbands.

If you're still unsure, try our security wristband wizard - or speak to our team wristband gurus

Where can I buy wristbands?

OK, this one's easy. you can buy wristbands right here on our website. Visit our security wristbands page and take a took.