LYCRA® Fiber Selection for Circular Knit Fabrics

The LYCRA® brand offers a large variety of differentiated elastane fibers for circular knit fabrics. With a fiber for every fabric, LYCRA® fiber can improve the comfort and fit of any circular-knit garment. Whether for ready-to-wear, intimate apparel, swimwear, or active wear, there's a LYCRA® fiber that's right for your end-use. And always count on industry-leading technical support when you choose LYCRA® fibers for apparel.

Fiber Technologies

EASY SET Technology by LYCRA® Brand

Dtex: 22 - 78 Segments: Ready-to-Wear, Underwear, Lingerie Availability: Asia, Europe, North America, South America
  • Reduced energy consumption: heat-set at 15 to 20°C lower than with conventional elastane, or at standard temperature with higher stenter speed
  • Reduced yellowing of heat-sensitive fibers
  • Best moldability
  • Improved fabric hand

BIO BASED

Dtex: 44 - 78 Segments: Ready-to-Wear, Underwear Availability: Asia, Europe, North America, South America
  • Bio-derived elastane with same properties as LYCRA® T162L fiber: approximately 70% by weight comes from a renewable source made from dextrose derived from corn
  • Designed for use with cotton/viscose staple yarns
  • Relatively low knitting tension for high knitting efficiency (value in use)
  • Excellent processing performance in knitting, dyeing, and finishing
  • Optimized luster reduces elastane glitter and grin-through in the fabric
  • Elastane of choice for men’s and women’s underwear, and for standard ready-to-wear

BLACK Technology by LYCRA® Brand

Dtex: 22 - 78 Segments: Activewear, Performance Swimwear, Lingerie, Shapewear Availability: Asia, Europe, North America, South America
  • Durable, totally colorfast spun-in black
  • Reduced UV degradation
  • Low glitter and no grin-through in dark shades
  • New color and pattern effects achievable after dyeing

SOFT COMFORT Technology by LYCRA® Brand

Dtex: 45 - 1145 Segments: Activewear Availability: Asia, Europe, North America, South America
  • Soft, comfortable stretch
  • High fabric recovery power
  • Firm but non-constricting fit, great for activewear
  • Excellent shape retention

S RESIST Technology by LYCRA® Brand

Dtex: 22 - 156 Segments: Fashion Swimwear, Performance Swimwear Availability: Asia, North America, South America, Europe
  • Durable chlorine resistance: pool tests show fabrics retain at least 60% of their power 10 times longer than with non-chlorine resistant elastane
  • Suitable for even high-performance swimwear
  • Resistant to UV degradation and unsaturated fatty acids (as in sweat or sun lotions)
  • Excellent fabric uniformity with synthetic filament yarns

T400® Technology by LYCRA® Brand

Dtex: 33 - 660 Segments: Ready-to-Wear Availability: Asia, Europe, North America, South America
  • Disperse-dyeable, bi-component fiber for low-to-moderate stretch
  • Excellent resistance to chemicals, including chlorine and UV radiation
  • Soft, smooth hand and low fabric growth/shrinkage
  • Dyeing characteristics similar to textured polyester
  • Also available as a producer-colored black fiber (dtex: 83, 165, 330)

W Technology by LYCRA® Brand

Dtex: 22 - 470 Segments: Lingerie, Shapewear Availability: Asia, South America, Europe
  • Excellent whiteness and whiteness retention
  • Excellent fabric uniformity
  • Improved color uptake from acid dyes
  • Reduced glitter and grin-through for improved aesthetics

Standard Fibers

LYCRA® T136B Fiber

Dtex: 22 - 470 Segments: Activewear, Lingerie, Ready-to-Wear, Shapewear, Socks, Underwear, Hosiery Availability: Europe
  • Versatile elastane for a variety of end-uses
  • Good whiteness and whiteness retention in fabrics with heat-sensitive fibers
  • Particularly suitable for use with wool

LYCRA® T162B Fiber

Dtex: 11 - 2500 Segments: Activewear, Denim, Lingerie, Ready-to-Wear, Shapewear, Socks, Underwear Availability: Asia, North America, South America
  • Good whiteness and whiteness retention
  • Good fabric uniformity with synthetic filament yarns
  • Basic chlorine resistance
  • Robust dyeing and finishing performance

LYCRA® T162C Fiber

Dtex: 22 - 1880 Segments: Activewear, Hosiery, Lingerie, Shapewear, Ready-to-Wear Availability: Asia, Europe, North America, South America
  • High degree of whiteness
  • High recovery power
  • Robust dyeing and finishing performance

LYCRA® T162L Fiber

Dtex: 22 - 156 Segments: Ready-to-Wear, Underwear Availability: Asia, Europe, North America, South America
  • Designed for use with cotton/viscose staple yarns
  • Relatively low knitting tension for high knitting efficiency (value in use)
  • Excellent processing performance in knitting, dyeing, and finishing
  • Optimized luster reduces elastane glitter and grin-through in the fabric
  • Elastane of choice for men’s and women’s underwear, and for standard ready-to-wear

LYCRA® T167M Fiber

Dtex: 22 - 55 Segments: Ready-to-Wear Availability: Asia, Europe, North America, South America
  • Designed for use with natural fibers
  • Robust dyeing and finishing performance
  • High fabric power
  • Good uniformity

LYCRA® T169B Fiber

Dtex: 22 - 44 Segments: Activewear, Fashion Swimwear, Lingerie, Shapewear Availability: Asia, North America, South America
  • High uniformity yarn
  • Suitable for use with filament yarns in fabrics with high elastane content
  • Knit at higher tension than conventional elastane
  • High overall value-in-use

LYCRA® T239B Fiber

Dtex: 22 - 44 Segments: Ready-to-Wear, Lingerie, Underwear Availability: Europe
  • Bright luster for reduced fabric glitter
  • Good heat-set efficiency for improved fabric appearance: less heat-related yellowing; option to reduce energy consumption or increase stenter speed
  • Robust processing, especially during knitting: higher knitting tension for easily achieving fixed elastane content
  • EU-sourced

LYCRA® T582L Fiber

Dtex: 22 - 78 Segments: Activewear Availability: Asia, Europe, North America, South America
  • Preferred fiber for polyester activewear fabrics, retains properties during pressure dyeing
  • High retention of stretch and recovery power after heat-setting
  • Higher knitting drafts due to first-cycle load force
  • Consistent knitting performance
  • Suitable for use with synthetic and natural fibers