Oct 25

by Admin

The 5 best wristbands for your event

Access control is one of the most crucial factors when planning an event, and you’re well aware that wristbands are the best access control currently. What you don’t know is just which wristband type is best! This depends on the type of event you’re planning as this will determine just how durable the wristband needs to be. We’ve taken the guesswork out by matching the wristbands with events and listing each wristbands key selling points!

Wristband #1: Tyvek or paper

These are one of the most popular wristband types for event access as they’re non-transferable and can be personalised with full colour printing and text. Tyvek is water-resistant and has a waterproof adhesive that makes them great for short-term use. These event wristbands tend to come in two sizes, and are often used outside of events in various industries such as healthcare, construction, shipping, fashion and automotive. For events, tyvek wristbands act as a fantastic security measure, preventing gatecrashers as any attempt to remove the band is immediately visible.


Key selling points: Cost-effective, tear-resistant and lightweight.

Event types: Concerts, single-day festivals, marathons, nightclubs, waterparks and theme parks.

Wristband #2: Vinyl or plastic

Vinyl wristbands are a great option for multi-day events as they’re more durable and comfortable than the Tyvek counterparts. They’re waterproof which makes them great for water-based events, or long-term concerts and festivals where showering and swimming is called for. The vinyl wristband is fitted with a self-locking clip that cannot be undone once it’s in place, preventing gate-crashing. The material is also comfortable, allowing them to be worn for extended periods of time without causing issues. Vinyl can be printed in a range of colours with company logos and messaging printing directly on the wristband.

Series 2000 vinyl wristbands access control wristband

Key selling points: Waterproof and non-transferable.

Event types: Water parks, resorts, fairs, fundraisers and conferences.

Wristband #3: Fabric

Fabric wristband types are constructed using woven or satin cloth materials and can be customised to make them incredibly secure. The material provides wearers with a much more comfortable experience, and event organisers have endless possibilities in terms of creative design for these incredibly unique wristband options. In fact, there’s even the adjustable bead variety which are great for smaller events such as bachelorette parties. They can be constructed using a loop lock to prevent them being transferred.


Key selling point: Fashionable keepsakes.

Event types: Festivals, concerts, theme parks, weddings and fundraisers.

Wristband #4: Silicone

Sometimes referred to as ‘rubber wristbands’, silicone bands are wonderfully soft and durable, as well as being completely waterproof. They’re not ideal as access control as they don’t come with non-transferable clasps, but rather can be slipped off and re-worn at a later stage. They can be printed in a variety of colours, with logos and messaging to create awareness. Some of the silicone wristband printing types include:

  • Plain printed silicone
  • Embossed silicone
  • Colour-filled silicone
  • Debossed silicone

Key selling point: Promotional material.

Event types: Fundraisers, non-profit organisations, corporate gifts, conferences and sports events.

Wristband #5: RFID (Radio Frequency Identification)

This is a silicone wristband that contains an RFID tag that can receive and transmit a unique identification number and other associated information when scanned. This makes them an incredibly effective event access control method that mitigates unnecessary queuing, especially when crafted using a patented Smartlock to prevent transference. The three types of RFID tags are:

  • Passive that uses the energy from the reader.
  • Active which have an on-board battery and transmit information regularly without requiring a reader.
  • Battery-assisted where the battery powers the tag when it’s in proximity of a reader.

Key selling point: Smart technology

Event types: Hotels, concerts, theme parks, conferences and resorts.

To order the best wristband for your event, contact the specialists at IDC Band today!