TENCEL™ Active

feel freedom to move with confidence

Derived from renewable wood sources, the TENCEL™ brand represents a family of TENCEL™ fibers well suited for sporting activities. Efficient moisture management is assured as a result of the fiber´s structure. Submicroscopic canals between the microscopic fibrils of cellulose fibers regulate the absorption and release of moisture, which contribute to the performance of physical activity by keeping the wearer’s body cool and dry.

In addition to high performance sportswear, the qualities of TENCEL™ Lyocell and Modal fibers make them suitable for the growing athleisure category – designed for general wear and moderate exercise. TENCEL™ Athleisure will favorably influence athleisure aesthetics with its highly saturated colors, sheen, and smooth handfeel. 

To learn more, please see our TENCEL™ Active Leaflet.

applicable products

Outdoor, active sport and outer wear 

blending partners

For sports and outdoor wear, effective moisture management is essential to the wearer’s comfort. Selected combinations of TENCEL™ fibers with various synthetic fibers can help achieve optimal efficiency in removing excess moisture from the wearer’s skin.

key benefits


gentle on skin

TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers are naturally soft to the touch and offer long-lasting comfort. When viewed under an electron microscope, TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers exhibit a smooth surface area, giving fabrics a soft feel and ensuring comfort for sensitive skin.

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color retention
(Eco Color technology)

Color pigments embedded in dope-dyed fiber retain long-lasting color vibrancy better than conventionally dyed fiber, and are less prone to fade even after repeated washing. 

(Evidence: ISO Tests on TENCEL™ Modal Color fastness)


unfavorable for bacterial growth

Through moisture management, TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers absorb moisture efficiently, as measured by the Vapor Uptake test and Water Retention Value. In comparison to Polyester and synthetics, there is less available moisture formed on the surface of the fiber for bacteria to grow. Consequently, TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers provide a less favorable environment for bacterial growth, offering better hygienic qualities.

Note: TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers do not have additives to actively reduce bacterial growth.


thermal regulation

TENCEL™ Lyocell and Modal fibers support the body’s natural temperature regulating properties through their moisture management. The smooth fiber surface of TENCEL™ Lyocell cellulose fibers absorbs moisture more efficiently than cotton. This supports the body’s natural thermal regulating mechanism, keeping your skin feeling pleasantly cool and dry throughout any physical activity.


botanic origin

TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers are derived from sustainable wood sources, harvested from certified and controlled sources following the stringent guidelines of the Lenzing Wood and Pulp Policy. These fibers are also available with FSC®(C041246) or PEFC™ certification upon request.

TENCEL™ Modal fibers are mainly manufactured from beechwood, sourced from sustainable forests in Austria and neighboring countries. Beech wood forests are a natural and renewable source of raw material. A big share of the wood used at the Lenzing site comes from Austria, harvested from certified or controlled sources following the stringent guidelines of the Lenzing Wood and Pulp Policy. These fibers are also FSC® (C041246) or PEFC™ certified.

Moreover, wood and pulp used by the Lenzing Group comes from natural forests and sustainably managed plantations. TENCEL™ Lyocell and Modal fibers have been certified as Biobased under the BioPreferred® Program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a governmental body. 


contributes to performance

An athlete can only deliver a peak performance when supplied with the right equipment. The correct use of materials and the perfect structure are critical here: TENCEL™ Lyocell and Modal fibers can be combined with other fibers to optimize the resulting fabric properties of sportswear for any sporting activity. For example, in an optimum double-layer fabric construction, TENCEL™ Lyocell and Modal fibers on the outer side act like “blotting paper” and absorb moisture away from the skin.

TENCEL™ Lyocell and Modal fibers can successfully be used for the development of high performance sportswear.  As a component of sportswear, the fibers sustain hydrophilic qualities over time (with a fiber surface that attracts water), making it a practical alternative to hydrophilic topical treatments or hydrophilic synthetic fibers.

Blending TENCEL™ Lyocell and Modal fibers with synthetic fibers result in high performance sportswear for athletic activities, which can generate high levels of perspiration. When used in the right fabric design, TENCEL™ Lyocell and Modal fibers offer a quick drying effect through efficient moisture absorption and buffering, resulting in enhanced breathability, without compromising drying rate and wet cling. This results in equal moisture spreading, balance in water vapor uptake and thermal comfort. 

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