The latest Lycra Sport technology is engineered to deliver comfort, fit and support to stretch activewear

The latest Lycra Sport technology is engineered to deliver comfort, fit and support to stretch activewear

US fibre producer Invista has once again been inspired by the "athleisure" trend, preparing to debut its "next generation" Lycra Sport technology this week, which it says is scientifically engineered to deliver exceptional comfort, fit and support.

The new platform combines the stretch technology of Lycra with demanding testing standards that measure fabric performance based on three indexes:

  • The Power Index measures the compression delivered by the garment's fabric. The higher the power index, the greater the shaping or compression effect.
  • The Comfort Index relates to the insight that consumers often complain about being uncomfortable in compression or shaping garments. The higher the comfort index, the more comfort the wearer experiences.
  • The innovative new Energy Index rates the energy exerted by the body due to fabric construction. The lower the energy index, the lower the effort needed to move the fabric, making it ideal for competitive sports activities. This advanced fabric property will be a new point of differentiation for performance fabrics.

According to Invista, Lycra Sport works across the broad spectrum of fabrics and can be combined with other Lycra brand technologies, including Lycra Black, to offer additional performance benefits.

"Increasingly, athletes and active consumers desire sport-specific garments designed to help optimise their athletic performance but with a high degree of comfort," says Huw Williams, Invista global segment director, activewear and outdoor. "Lycra Sport technology makes it easier than ever for mills, brands and retailers to meet these specific consumer needs. Our proprietary indexes help designers to easily describe performance levels that are tailored to fit the garment's end use and satisfy the wearer's need for comfort with performance."

The new platform, which will be unveiled at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Salt Lake City, also offers mills a simplified fabric certification process, clearly communicating fabric benefits and the quality assurance the Lycra brand offers consumers.

Earlier this year, Invista launched a raft of new hosiery innovations, including a new technology to help reduce water and energy consumption. 

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