Lycra gives outdoor clothing the necessary stretch
Lycra has become a byword in the fashion industry. The synthetic fibre can be found in many outdoor clothing products. Strictly speaking, Lycra is not a fabric, but rather a fabric ingredient that can be combined with both synthetic fibres and natural fibres. Even adding a small 2% amount can change the properties of the final product.
The synthetic elastane fibre is super stretchy and has excellent rebound. It can be stretched out up to 700% and then return to its original length. Clothes that have some Lycra are therefore crease-resistant and low-maintenance – perfect for everyday wear and travelling.
A versatile fibre for outdoor clothing
You'll find Lycra everywhere: in walking shorts, swimming trunks and in form-fitting running tights. The fabric provides a snug fit and allows more mobility!
Interesting facts about the elastic fibre
Lycra was originally developed as a replacement for elastic in women's underwear because these wore out over time and lost their beautiful fit. In addition, this synthetic elastane fibre quickly became popular in swimwear. Swimsuits and swimming trunks became lighter, more quick-drying and held their shape in water. Then came aerodynamic cycling shorts, cycling jerseys and ski suits. You’ve got to check out the chic models and super functional products from Vaude, Maloja and Qloom!
In the 1970s, the fibre was increasingly used in fashion. It was disco fever! Flashy, brightly coloured leggings, figure-hugging jeans and leotards were all the rage. And anyone involved in climbing and bouldering has seen the legendary images of Wolfgang Güllich, Jerry Moffatt, Isabelle Patissier and many more. They showed off tough manoeuvres and wild moves, all that whilst wearing their authentically stylish trousers!
In the 1990s, the first running and cycling clothes with a compression effect came onto the market. Compression helps prevent muscle fatigue and promotes regeneration.
The range of Lycra products is constantly evolving. Xtra Life, for example, is very chlorine resistant and shape-retaining, so swimwear manufacturers can use it to implement different cuts and enhance their products’ durability. As for jumpers and outdoor clothing, they’re guaranteed to feel softer and retain their shape for a longer time.