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May 15, 2018

Increasingly, consumers are demanding more from their socks. They want performance benefits that help socks dry quickly, keep feet warm, and are light enough to keep them moving freely. In response, The LYCRA Company launches new THERMOLITE® FAR INFRARED technology to help knitters, brands and retailers meet this growing need for high-tech features in everyday socks.

Socks with THERMOLITE® FAR INFRARED Technology

How it Works

THERMOLITE® FAR INFRARED technology uses lightweight hollow fibres embedded with permanent ceramic pigments to harness the body’s far infrared* energy to generate gentle warmth. In our independent wear test, feet wearing socks knitted with 50% THERMOLITE® FIR yarn showed as much as 1.5°C increase in temperature than those wearing 100% cotton socks. The fibre structure also provides relief from sweaty feet. Socks dry by transporting moisture to the surface of the fabric where it evaporates three times quicker than cotton. In addition, consumers can say goodbye to thick socks and layering to keep their feet warm. This breakthrough technology enables you to create versatile, everyday socks that are lightweight and offer all-day comfort suitable for any activity.

How the THERMOLITE® FAR INFRARED technology works

Double the Brand Power

Socks knitted with our new THERMOLITE® FAR INFRARED technology are additionally enhanced by the mandatory use of LYCRA® fibre in the sock top and leg. This offers brands and retailers the opportunity to drive sales by harnessing the power of two highly regarded brands.

Contact Jane Gwyther today to request a detailed brochure about THERMOLITE® FAR INFRARED technology.

*Invisible light with the power to warm is referred to as infrared.

THERMOLITE® and LYCRA® are trademarks of The LYCRA Company.


The LYCRA Company Jane Gwyther EMEA Senior Account Manager (Legwear) +44 (0) 7785 574 975 UK