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.
LYCRA® SPORT technology is scientifically engineered to deliver exceptional comfort, fit and support to stretch activewear. Today’s active consumers desire sport specific garments designed to help optimize performance. Whatever the activity, fabrics with LYCRA® SPORT technology make it easier than ever to meet consumer needs.
New, simplified indexes rate fabric Power, Comfort and Energy on a 1-10 scale. These indexes are combined to create performance levels tailored to fit the garment’s end use and satisfy the consumer’s need for targeted support.
LYCRA® BLACK technology is built on the industry’s first truly black elastane, LYCRA® T275Z fiber, a chlorine-resistant fiber that derives its deep color from spun-in black pigment. Fabrics exhibit deeper, darker shades that retain their color intensity. It’s even possible to combine the technology with a producer-colored nylon for an undyed fabric with complete fastness and no color bleed at all.
LYCRA® BLACK technology also provides a highly effective solution to the problem of elastane grin-through and glitter.
Knit Fabric Technologies
Fabrics with LYCRA® SPORT technology 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