Ultracor is an apparel brand that offers a variety of athleisure and athletic clothing. One thing that sets them apart from other brands is their zero-inventory business model. Basically, their products are made-to-order; this allows them to sell at much lower price points.
More About Ultracor
Ultracor was founded in 2014. Based in Los Angeles, the apparel company strives to provide high-performance clothing that slims the core and flatters the body. Recently, they also launched a spinoff brand called For, which utilizes the same made-to-order model.
Their products can be found at many online retailers including Net-a-Porter, Revolve, Barneys New York, The Sports Edit, Saks Fifth Avenue, and more. Most of their made-to-order products, however, are sold through their official website.
What Kind of Activewear Does Ultracor Sell?
Ultracor offers a variety of activewear including sports bras, crop tops, tanks, leggings, unitards, and more. Some even feature Swarovski crystals. If anything, that’s one thing that they’re known for.
Given that, it’s not surprising to know that their products cost a bit more than those of other brands. Take their sports bras, for example, those with crystals go for about $165. The same goes for their leggings—one pair will set you back approximately $200.
Taking Care of Ultracor Activewear
Want your Ultracor leggings and clothing to last? Then make sure to care for them properly. That means reading the care label and washing each item after every wear. The last thing that you want is to let them ‘marinate’ in your sweat. That can easily damage the fibers over time. Not to mention that it’d start smelling after a while!
But wait- you don’t want to blindly throw the clothes in the washing machine. There are certain steps that you have to take, otherwise, you risk ruining the items- this is especially true for those with Swarovski crystals,
Fabrics Used by Ultracor
Their leggings and clothing are made of a high stretch compression performance fabric that consists of polyester, nylon, and spandex. More specifically, the material contains 43% polyester, 43% nylon, and 14% spandex. Let’s take a look at each of them below.
Nylon is a manmade material that’s often used for activewear. Not only is it soft, but it also dries very quickly. Plus, it has good stretch and recovery capacity. The only thing is that it’s sensitive to heat (i.e. it can fade or melt).
Spandex is a versatile fabric that’s lightweight and aerodynamic. It also conforms to the body, which makes it excellent for layering. Plus, it’s stretchable. Unlike other synthetic fibers, however, it can’t be woven alone; it must be combined with another material such as polyester.
Polyester is a resilient fabric that’s known for its durability. Inexpensive to produce, it’s resistant to many things including stains, wrinkles, and moisture. On top of that, it has moisture-wicking abilities, which will keep you cool, dry, and comfortable while you’re exercising.
The Best Way to Wash Ultracor Leggings
Like most pants, their leggings can be put in the washing machine or if you want, you can wash them by hand in the sink.
Option 1: Running Ultracor Leggings Through the Washer
Start by turning the leggings inside-out; that’ll prevent the color from fading. Not only that, but it’ll protect the crystals as well (if there are any). Next, place them in a laundry bag. That’ll add another layer of protection so that your leggings will look newer for longer.
Tip: You can wash Ultracor leggings with other activewear such as tank tops or sports bra. Just make sure to separate the colors first before throwing them in the washing machine.
Make sure that the mesh bag is closed properly and put it in the washer. Add the rest of your laundry and pour in one scoop of ACTIVE detergent (either to the drum or dispenser). Don’t add any fabric softener. They’ll soften your leggings but they’ll also trap dirt and oils within the fabric.
Wash on a delicate setting with minimal spin- that’ll prevent the crystals from coming loose. Also, make sure to use cold water. Avoid hot water as the heat can strip the glue that’s holding the crystals in place.
Let the washing machine run. Wait for the cycle to finish before taking out your leggings. Do not tumble dry- that can damage the crystals. Instead, let them air dry on a clothesline or laundry rack away from sunlight (the sun’s rays can cause fading).
Option 2: Hand Washing Ultracor Leggings In the Sink
All you need is a washtub or sink. Fill it up with cool or tepid water and add in 1/2 a scoop of ACTIVE detergent (you might need to use more if you’re washing many items). Dissolve the powder by swishing the water gently with your hand.
Turn the leggings inside out and submerge them in the sink once the detergent is fully dissolved. Swish them a few times through the soapy solution and let them sit and soak for up to 30 minutes. That’ll will give the detergent time to work into the fabric.
Drain the dirty water afterward and refill the washtub or sink with clean water. Press the leggings up and down to remove the detergent. Continue until there’s no more soap left on the fabric- this can take a couple of minutes.
Lay your leggings onto a towel. Place another towel on the top and press down to remove the excess water. Once you’ve done that, you can hang them up to dry. Like we said earlier, you want to avoid putting them in the dryer. Always air dry.
How to Wash Ultracor Sports Bras the Right Way
Option 1: Putting Ultracor Sports Bras in the Washing Machine
Turn the sports bra inside out; that’ll prevent the colors and patterns from fading. Next, place them in a lingerie bag. That’ll help the item maintain their shape. It’ll also prevent the straps from stretching during the cycle.
Ensure that the bag is closed properly and place it in the washing machine. Add the rest of your clothes if you’re washing a mixed load (remember to separate lights from darks). Measure a scoop of ACTIVE detergent and add it to the drum (or dispenser, depending on the model). Skip the fabric conditioner.
Wash the sports bras with a delicate setting. Always use cold water- that’ll prevent any crystals from falling off. It’s also gentler on the fabric.
Take the sports bra out of the washing machine once the cycle is finished. Lay it flat to dry. Alternatively, you can use it a clothesline or laundry rack.
Tip: Don’t leave your sports bra (and other clothes) inside the washer for longer than necessary as the moisture environment can breed bacteria. In other words, you’d have to wash everything all over again.
Option 2: Hand Washing Ultracor Sports Bras
Start with a clean sink. Fill it with cool or tepid water. Avoid using hot water as the heat can break down the elastic. Add half a scoop of ACTIVE detergent; you don’t want to use too much, otherwise, it can leave residue on the fabric.
Turn the sports bra inside out and immerse it in the soapy water. Gently rub it between your hand to work in the lather. Let it soak for up to 30 minutes.
Drain the sink and refill it with clean water. Swish the sports bra through the water to rinse off the detergent. Continue until all of the soap film is gone. Gently squeeze out the excess water. Never wring out the water as that’ll stretch out the fabric, which will ruin the bra’s fit. Instead, lay it on a flat towel. Press another towel on top to remove any remaining water.
Allow the sports bra to dry on a hanger or drying rack. Don’t tumble dry- the intense heat will damage the garment.
Best Way to Wash Ultracor Tops
Option 1: Washing Your Ultracor Tops in the Washing Machine
Turn your top inside out before washing. Place it inside a laundry bag (ideally one item per bag); that’ll prevent it from snagging on your other garments.
Tip: You can wash their tops with other activewear such as leggings and sportswear as long as you separate the colors.
Put the sealed laundry bag into the washer. Add the rest of your dirty clothes and pour in one scoop of ACTIVE detergent. Once again, you want to skin the fabric softener. Run a cold water cycle on a gentle setting. Take your top out of the machine afterward and hang it up to dry. You can also use a laundry rack. Avoid the clothes dryer- the heat will damage the fabric.
Option 2: Hand Washing Your Ultracor Tops
Fill a clean sink with cool water. Mix in 1/2 a scoop of ACTIVE detergent. Help it dissolve by swishing the water with your hand. Turn the top inside out and put it in the sink once it’s fully mixed. Rub the fabric a few times to help work in the lather.
Leave it in the sink and let it soak for 20 to 30 minutes. Rinse thoroughly afterward. Continue until the water runs clear and there’s no more signs of detergent.
Squeeze out the excess water and hang it up to dry.