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Fiber technology and specialist fabrics have dramatically redefined the activewear category whose rapid growth reflects heightened interest in health and fitness. It spans high-tech, performance-enhancing garments for professional athletes, apparel and workout gear for individual and team sports, and hard-wearing, practical choices for those who simply enjoy being outdoors.

The comfort, freedom of movement and shape retention that LYCRA® fibers bring to stretch materials is fundamental to garment appeal in this highly competitive sector. Advanced technology platforms with LYCRA® fiber have even more to offer. They create extremely flexible, lightweight fabrics with superior breathability, moisture management and muscle support characteristics. They offer both styling and functional advantages. They meet the demanding performance standards that consumers look for in active and outdoor apparel. Their built-in bi-directional stretch qualities radically improve freedom of movement and ensure comfortable, long-lasting fit. Sports enthusiasts recognize and value the difference. Fashion-conscious consumers no longer have to choose between aesthetics and practical benefits, however.

Fiber Technologies

BIO-BASED Technology by LYCRA® Brand

BIO-BASED Technology by LYCRA® Brand

  • Good balance of physical properties
  • Optimized luster for minimizing elastane glitter and grin-through
  • High recovery power for good fabric weight control
  • Robust processing from knitting to heat-setting to dyeing
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Knit Fabric Technologies

ACTIVE Technology

ACTIVE Technology by LYCRA® Brand

Fabrics with ACTIVE technology by LYCRA® brand are tested with an innovative test method developed by INVISTA that measures three critical performance criteria:

  • Fabric elongation – for comfort and freedom of movement
  • Fabric recovery force – for compression and muscle support
  • Fabric set – to test resistance to sagging and bagging
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POWER Technology

POWER Technology by LYCRA® Brand

Fabrics with POWER technology by LYCRA® brand meet quality standards developed by INVISTA research specifically for compression fabrics. These help to ensure that fabrics exhibit higher and more consistent compression with outstanding freedom of movement.

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LYCRA® T136B Fiber

LYCRA® T136C Fiber

LYCRA® T162B Fiber

LYCRA® T162C Fiber

LYCRA® T162L Fiber

LYCRA® T169B Fiber

LYCRA® T582L Fiber