LYCRA® SPORT technology

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.

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

Consumer Brand LYCRA® Sport Logo

Specialty Fiber

Product Features Availability
BIO BASED Good Whiteness Retention (to environmental exposure from heat, UV, fumes, BHT), Good Chlorine Resistance (to textile processes, e.g., denim bleaching), Good Grin-Through Reduction, Good Thermal Resistance, Good Polyester Compatability Asia, Europe, North America and South America
BLACK Technology by LYCRA® Brand Best Chlorine Resistance (to pool/swim environments), Best Grin-Through Reduction Asia, Europe, North America and South America
T400® Technology by LYCRA® Brand Best Chlorine Resistance (to textile processes, e.g., denim bleaching), Best Thermal Resistance, Best Polyester Compatability, Moisture Management Fiber Asia, Europe, North America and South America
W Technology by LYCRA® Brand Best Whiteness Retention (to environmental exposure from heat, UV, fumes, BHT), Best Dyeability (to polyamide/nylon dyestuff), Best Grin-Through Reduction, Good Heat-Setting Efficiency Asia, South America and Europe

Standard Fiber

Product Features Availability
LYCRA® T162B Fiber Good Whiteness Retention (to environmental exposure from heat, UV, fumes, BHT), Good Polyester Compatability, Good Chlorine Resistance (to textile processes, e.g., denim bleaching) Asia, North America and South America
LYCRA® T162C Fiber Good Whiteness Retention (to environmental exposure from heat, UV, fumes, BHT), Good Polyester Compatability, Good Dyeability (to polyamide/nylon dyestuff) Asia, Europe, North America and South America
LYCRA® T162L Fiber Good Whiteness Retention (to environmental exposure from heat, UV, fumes, BHT), Good Chlorine Resistance (to textile processes, e.g., denim bleaching), Good Grin-Through Reduction, Good Thermal Resistance, Good Polyester Compatability Asia, Europe, North America and South America
LYCRA® T167M Fiber Good Whiteness Retention (to environmental exposure from heat, UV, fumes, BHT), Good Grin-Through Reduction Asia, Europe, North America and South America
LYCRA® T169B Fiber Good Grin-Through Reduction, Good Chlorine Resistance (to textile processes, e.g., denim bleaching) Asia, North America and South America
LYCRA® T239B Fiber Good Heat-Setting Efficiency Europe
LYCRA® T275B Fiber Best Chlorine Resistance (to pool/swim environments) Asia, North America and South America
LYCRA® T276B Fiber Best Chlorine Resistance (to pool/swim environments) Europe
LYCRA® T582L Fiber Good Whiteness Retention (to environmental exposure from heat, UV, fumes, BHT), Good Chlorine Resistance (to textile processes, e.g., denim bleaching), Good Grin-Through Reduction, Best Thermal Resistance, Best Polyester Compatability Asia, Europe, North America and South America

LYCRA® SPORT technology is scientifically engineered to deliver exceptional comfort, fit and support to activewear fabrics. Today’s active consumers desire specific garments designed to help optimize performance. Whatever the activity, LYCRA® SPORT technology makes it easier than ever to meet consumer needs. New, simplified indexes rate fabric for 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.

Consumer Brand LYCRA® Brand Logo LYCRA® Sport Logo

Specialty Fiber

Product Features Availability
BIO BASED Good Whiteness Retention (to environmental exposure from heat, UV, fumes, BHT), Good Chlorine Resistance (to textile processes, e.g., denim bleaching), Good Grin-Through Reduction, Good Thermal Resistance, Good Polyester Compatability Asia, Europe, North America and South America
BLACK Technology by LYCRA® Brand Best Chlorine Resistance (to pool/swim environments), Best Grin-Through Reduction Asia, Europe, North America and South America
SOFT COMFORT Technology by LYCRA® Brand Good Dyeability (to polyamide/nylon dyestuff), Best Thermal Resistance, Best Soft Stretch / High Elongation / Low Hysteresis Asia, Europe, North America and South America
T400® Technology by LYCRA® Brand Best Chlorine Resistance (to textile processes, e.g., denim bleaching), Best Thermal Resistance, Best Polyester Compatability, Moisture Management Fiber Asia, Europe, North America and South America
W Technology by LYCRA® Brand Best Whiteness Retention (to environmental exposure from heat, UV, fumes, BHT), Best Dyeability (to polyamide/nylon dyestuff), Best Grin-Through Reduction, Good Heat-Setting Efficiency Asia, South America and Europe

Standard Fiber

Product Features Availability
LYCRA® T162B Fiber Good Whiteness Retention (to environmental exposure from heat, UV, fumes, BHT), Good Polyester Compatability, Good Chlorine Resistance (to textile processes, e.g., denim bleaching) Asia, North America and South America
LYCRA® T162C Fiber Good Whiteness Retention (to environmental exposure from heat, UV, fumes, BHT), Good Polyester Compatability, Good Dyeability (to polyamide/nylon dyestuff) Asia, Europe, North America and South America
LYCRA® T162L Fiber Good Whiteness Retention (to environmental exposure from heat, UV, fumes, BHT), Good Chlorine Resistance (to textile processes, e.g., denim bleaching), Good Grin-Through Reduction, Good Thermal Resistance, Good Polyester Compatability Asia, Europe, North America and South America
LYCRA® T167M Fiber Good Whiteness Retention (to environmental exposure from heat, UV, fumes, BHT), Good Grin-Through Reduction Asia, Europe, North America and South America
LYCRA® T169B Fiber Good Grin-Through Reduction, Good Chlorine Resistance (to textile processes, e.g., denim bleaching) Asia, North America and South America
LYCRA® T239B Fiber Good Heat-Setting Efficiency Europe
LYCRA® T582L Fiber Good Whiteness Retention (to environmental exposure from heat, UV, fumes, BHT), Good Chlorine Resistance (to textile processes, e.g., denim bleaching), Good Grin-Through Reduction, Best Thermal Resistance, Best Polyester Compatability Asia, Europe, North America and South America

Activewear that provides figure-flattering shaping while meeting the performance needs of athletes and active people. These fabrics meet the quality standards for LYCRA® SPORT technology as well as additional standards for elongation, recovery power and normalized hysteresis. They can receive either the LYCRA® SPORT or LYCRA® BEAUTY brand.

Consumer Brand LYCRA® Sport Logo LYCRA® BEAUTY™ Logo

Specialty Fiber

Product Features Availability
BIO BASED Good Whiteness Retention (to environmental exposure from heat, UV, fumes, BHT), Good Chlorine Resistance (to textile processes, e.g., denim bleaching), Good Grin-Through Reduction, Good Thermal Resistance, Good Polyester Compatability Asia, Europe, North America and South America
BLACK Technology by LYCRA® Brand Best Chlorine Resistance (to pool/swim environments), Best Grin-Through Reduction Asia, Europe, North America and South America
SOFT COMFORT Technology by LYCRA® Brand Good Dyeability (to polyamide/nylon dyestuff), Best Thermal Resistance, Best Soft Stretch / High Elongation / Low Hysteresis Asia, Europe, North America and South America

Standard Fiber

Product Features Availability
LYCRA® T162B Fiber Good Whiteness Retention (to environmental exposure from heat, UV, fumes, BHT), Good Polyester Compatability, Good Chlorine Resistance (to textile processes, e.g., denim bleaching) Asia, North America and South America
LYCRA® T162C Fiber Good Whiteness Retention (to environmental exposure from heat, UV, fumes, BHT), Good Polyester Compatability, Good Dyeability (to polyamide/nylon dyestuff) Asia, Europe, North America and South America
LYCRA® T162L Fiber Good Whiteness Retention (to environmental exposure from heat, UV, fumes, BHT), Good Chlorine Resistance (to textile processes, e.g., denim bleaching), Good Grin-Through Reduction, Good Thermal Resistance, Good Polyester Compatability Asia, Europe, North America and South America
LYCRA® T167M Fiber Good Whiteness Retention (to environmental exposure from heat, UV, fumes, BHT), Good Grin-Through Reduction Asia, Europe, North America and South America
LYCRA® T169B Fiber Good Grin-Through Reduction, Good Chlorine Resistance (to textile processes, e.g., denim bleaching) Asia, North America and South America
LYCRA® T239B Fiber Good Heat-Setting Efficiency Europe
LYCRA® T582L Fiber Good Whiteness Retention (to environmental exposure from heat, UV, fumes, BHT), Good Chlorine Resistance (to textile processes, e.g., denim bleaching), Good Grin-Through Reduction, Best Thermal Resistance, Best Polyester Compatability Asia, Europe, North America and South America