May 10, 2022

Performance Basics Showcase - Part One: Spandex & Lycra

What is the difference between Subli-Cool and TechSheen? Which fabrics are best for swimwear and activewear? Read on as we break down our range of performance fabrics, so you can choose the best materials for your next project. 

This is Part One of our series on performance basics, and covers our range of Spandex and Lycra products. In Part Two, we'll look at our range of Performance Meshes.

Subli-Cool 2.0 (New)

Subli-Cool 2.0 is a comfortable and cool warp knit fabric with superior performance properties. It is sweat absorbing and quick drying due to its advanced technology yarn construction. Other features and benefits of the fabric include UV blocking, squat proof and great overall coverage and support. As a thicker fabric it is perfect for leggings and sports bras, while the white can also be used as a base for sublimation. This fabric is also suitable for swimwear making it the ultimate active wear material. 

  • 74% Cooling Polyester 26% Elastance
  • 150cm wide / 250gsm 

SUITABLE FOR: Performance swimwear & Sportswear, Leggings, Active wear tops 


  • UV blocking 
  • Sweat absorbing 
  • Quick drying 
  • Strong knit structure 
  • Great fit and comfort 
  • Sublimation print base (white only) 


TechSheen (also known as Powerknit) is a heavy duty stretch fabric, perfect for garments requiring compression and support. With a ribbed satin finish TechSheen is soft and comfortable against the skin. The fabric also has moisture wicking properties making it ideal for sportwear and undergarment construction. We recommend this fabric especially for waistbands and bra bands due to its excellent retention and strength.

  • 80% Nylon 20% polyester
  • 150cm wide/ 250gsm 

SUITABLE FOR: Bras, lingerie, sports bras, waistbands, designs in need of compression 


  • High compression
  • Moisture wicking
  • Strong knit structure
  • Soft ribbed satin finish 


Sorbtek® Moisture Management fabric is another excellent sportwear fabric due to its moisture wicking properties helping to keep you cool, dry and comfortable. The fabric is also UPF50+ treated and with a high gsm making it perfect for leggings and areas needing coverage and support. If you are looking for a fabric with even more coverage we recommend looking at Subli-cool 2.0 which has a 250gsm. 

  • 20% Lycra 80% Polyester Sorbtex Moisture Management
  • 152cm wide / 225-230gsm 

SUITABLE FOR: Performance sportswear, Leggings , Active wear tops, Leotards 


  • Moisture wicking
  • Strong knit structure
  • UPF50+ treated
  • Durable
  • Quick drying 

Italian Spandex Nylon Lycra - (Xtra Life Swim/Active Range) Matt & Shiny Finish 

Our Xtra Life Italian Spandex is perfect for your next swimwear or activewear project coming in a range of colours in both matt & shiny finish. These lycras are perfect for swimwear due to its chlorine & UPF50+ treated properties. The Xtra Life LYCRA® Fibre resists fabric breakdown more than 5 times longer than your average chlorine-resistant spandex. Fibre breakage can quickly cause fabric breakdown. Swimwear garments using Xtra Life LYCRA® Fibre have no significant fibre breakage even after 240 hours of exposure. Our matt range also features 78% recycled nylon fibres making it more sustainable and eco-friendlier.  

  • Shiny: 20% Xtra Life Lycra, 80% Nylon 
  • Matt: 22% Xtra Life Lycra, 78% Recycled Nylon 
  • 1.5m wide / 190gsm 

SUITABLE FOR: Swimwear, dancewear, Activewear, Lingerie 


  • Chlorine Resistant
  • UPF 50+ sun protection
  • Great Retention
  • Matt Finish contains 78% Recycled Nylon 

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