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Lycra is a synthetic elastomeric fibre with the remarkable ability to stretch up to 600% and then spring back to its original length. It's woven in with other fabrics to produce materials that are stretchable and return to their original shape.

In the outdoor world, Lycra is popular for use in cuffs and hems in order to make clothing fit snugly and keep out drafts. It is also used in clothing that needs to fit snugly, such as gloves, socks, underclothes and hats.