Dyneema® denim now passes impact abrasion test

The Netherlands, October 11th 2016

The future is here: the latest version of Dyneema® Denim can be applied to single-layer motorcycle clothing and passes the standard impact abrasion test – without sacrificing the comfort and style of traditional denim and without the need for an extra lining.

The first generation of Dyneema® Denim for motorcycle clothing – composed of over 50% Dyneema® fiber – was launched in 2015 after years of research. The fabric was immediately acclaimed for retaining denim’s traditional qualities while offering 360-degree protection. However, it fell just short of the four seconds of slide time required to pass the standard impact abrasion test EN13595.

Today, DSM Dyneema announces a new fabric (4Q2016) that can indeed pass this test. Wear comfort has also been improved by adding stretch to the fabric.

“These new fabrics can make you feel safe without being a nuisance,” says David Borras of the legendary Spanish high-performance custom motorcycle company El Solitario. “Because you don’t feel like the technology is there. But it’s actually doing good things for you – and that’s the beauty of it.”

Fifteen times stronger than steel but floats on water, Dyneema® fiber has long been used to moor oilrigs, sail ships, stop bullets and repair human ligaments. As a fabric component, it’s becoming increasingly popular with high-performance sports – from mountain climbing to motorcycling. Besides offering unparalleled protection, Dyneema® fiber is also soft, light and thermally conductive – keeping your skin feeling cool in the sweatiest of conditions.

Dyneema® Denim offers increased protection to non-professional riders and commuters. Rider jeans can now be designed that increase safety without losing any sense of freedom or style. Newer versions of this Dyneema® Denim are also currently being developed in different colors and with water-repellent finishes.

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