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Foam vs. Neoprene

Foam vs. Neoprene


Koozies are believed to have been first created around 1980. The need for a can holder was obvious, and over time, koozie morphed from a brand name to a generic name to describe all the items from can coolies to stubby holders. Many koozie materials have been used, but the 2 most popular materials are foam and neoprene. Foam koozies and neoprene koozies are two birds of a similar feather. The question posed is always the same: Which is better – neoprene koozie or foam koozie? Let’s explore these two options.

Foam vs. Neoprene: Which is better?

The truth is neither one is better overall. Foam and neoprene koozies both have advantages and disadvantages. Some will argue neoprene is better because of the sleek feel and wicking nature. Others charge the foam is better because of the color and design options as well as a good amount of wicking.

Foam Koozies

foam koozies

Foam koozies are also known as scuba foam koozies. For design and color enthusiasts, these are the more diverse option. Foam koozies often are available in many color and size options. The nature of the foam construction is two polyester outer layers with foam in between.

Neoprene Koozies

Neoprene is commonly used to make wetsuits for scuba diving. (Hence the confusion with the scuba foam. Hey, we don’t make the rules.) Neoprene is usually constructed of two outer layers of a polyester or lycra blend fabric between different rubber varieties. We typically use B foam or K foam neoprene for all in-house custom koozies.

Foam or Neoprene: Which one should I order?

The decision of foam vs. neoprene often boils down to two factors: price and style.

neoprene vs. foam
Neoprene pieces compared to the foam.

Yay Foam!

Foam koozies are much more price competitive. Color variations and design options such as USA and sports themes or chevron patterns are readily available. Since neoprene koozies are designed for a more snug fit, the foam koozies are easier to use on opened cans of soda or beer.

Yay Neoprene!

Neoprene is far superior when it comes to wicking moisture. Neoprene also has a sleek feel in your hand. The neoprene koozies are more expensive, and the color options are usually limited to solid colors with green camouflage being the exception. However, neoprene can stretch and retract in ways foam cannot. The natural elasticity of the neoprene material is well suited for stretching.


So… which one?

The decision is ultimately up to you. If you order a custom koozie from Uncommon Covers, we will always recommend the neoprene. The foam is great for large bulk orders, but the neoprene will give you a longer lasting, sleek product. If you have any more questions about which one would be better, send us a message or order your very own.

The Giant Beer Koozie

The Giant Beer Koozie


Uncommon Covers is your source for koozies of common and uncommon sizes. People often ask how this business came to fruition. The truth is, there arose a need for just one giant beer koozie. So how would I get just one giant beer koozie for myself?

Big Rig: The giant beer that requires a giant koozie

Giant Beer Koozie
Big Rig OG

The 24 oz. can of beer is not new. They’ve been around as long as I can remember. My husband occasionally (okay, often) stops to pick up singleton 24 oz. beers on his way home from work. However, several years earlier, my friends and I dubbed these beers “Texas Big Rigs.” We found this to be both hilarious and true, because everything really is bigger in Texas.

Can you make a giant beer koozie?

Giant Beer Koozie OG
Big Rig OG

While my husband was trying to stretch and force a regular 12 oz. koozie onto a Big Rig, the koozie ripped. Likely story, right? After the ripping, my husband gathered a few other koozies and asked me if maybe I could sew them all together. Maybe could I try to create one giant beer koozie with my mad sewing skills and a bit of magic? Of course I said yes, because that is what wonderful wives do. Some cutting, sewing and curse words later, we had the very first giant beer koozie, also known as The Big Rig.

Next generation koozies

After using his giant beer koozie for a while, my husband suggested I make and sell these giant koozies. I laughed it off at first. But after some internet searching, I decided maybe there was a need for the world beyond my home to have giant beer koozies.

Giant Beer Koozies
16 oz. Tall Boy alongside 24 oz. Big Rig

Adventures in Koozie Design

For the next several months, we would jot down ideas and buy oddly sized cans to see if a standard koozie may even fit. It was fairly easy to rip up and repair existing koozies, but how would we create our own designs? Well, this took a lot of research and development, but we finally figured it out after about 15 months and a string of trials and errors.

From a giant beer koozie to Uncommon Covers

Uncommon Covers did not come about overnight. Our story is like many of start-up stories. You found and met a need for yourself; and maybe you can meet that same need for someone else. You can get your Big Rig here. The giant beer koozie that started it all.

Here’s to the hustle.