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Trailblazers

Read conversations with trailblazers, game changers and innovators in apparel.

Zach Steinbock - Ounces equal pounds on the battlefield

01.03.2019

After graduating from the US Naval Academy in 2005, Zach Steinbock spent seven years of active duty with the SEAL Teams in Iraq and Afghanistan. Once relieved of duty, he co-founded the Virginia-based MATBOCK together with fellow former SEAL Team member Sean Matson, to apply their experiences to the design and production of quality battlefield gear. 

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Toyota Motorsport GmbH wins Le Mans - Supported on by carbon with Dyneema®

15.02.2019

Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG) had been trying to win endurance competition Le Mans since 1998. The team achieved their dream in 2018. Peter Hesse, TMG’s General Manager for supply chain management, attributes this remarkable win to team spirit – as well as integrating the latest cutting-edge motorsport innovations from their tech partner Royal DSM, such as Carbon with Dyneema®

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Joe Valesko - A wilderness hobby gone wild

25.01.2019

In 2005, Joe Valesko began Zpacks in his apartment to confront a very specific demand: his own. He wanted to make the lightest and most functional backpacking equipment for his long-distance hikes along iconic US trails. 

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Marius Bieliauskas - 'Positive Energy Revolutionist'

18.01.2019

In 2002, the Lithuanian entrepreneur Marius Bieliauskas started a fashion company. His neighbor was a Harley Davidson dealership and it got him thinking: “Why isn’t anyone making safe fashion jeans for bikers?” Today, this focus has Pando Moto selling via high-end retailers in 20 different countries. 

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Martin Tamke - Reinventing architecture

19.12.2018

Dyneema® fiber has long been embraced by high-end ultra lightweight tent and shelter manufacturers. But until recently, the material’s use in large-scale architecture has remained largely theoretical. Until now…

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Alan Erickson - The sky is no longer the limit

14.12.2018

The vast potential of the drone industry has been held back for a simple reason: when drones fail, they fail badly. Any safety parachute lines would invariably get tangled and the drone would lose control and crash, causing danger to the humans and properties below. The Alaska-based company Indemnis has now found the solution.

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Philipp Bachinger - Freeing Your Feet with minimalist footwear

29.08.2017

Free Your Feet (FYF) was originally inspired by the needs of kite surfers who require protection against hidden sharp objects while still being able to be in sync with their board. Co-founder Philipp Bachinger explains why Dyneema® was essential in creating protective minimalist footwear that “is ten times better than anything that previously existed.”

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Conroy Nachtigall - The mission to create an ultimate alpine jacket

13.08.2017

Canadian apparel designer Conroy Nachtigall has spent 15years creating technical urban clothing – geared to outdoor performance, yet aesthetically suited to the city. In 2016, TheDyneema® Project commissioned Conroy to create an ultimate alpine jacket with Dyneema® fabric that could withstand extreme alpine conditions.

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Nick Gosseen - State-of-the-art cycling shoes

27.06.2017

Like so many high-performance sports, cycling requires materials that can keep up with its athletes – ultra-light for speed and ultra-strong for protection. Nick Gosseen leads teams at Specialized Bicycles in building innovative products to send cycling into the future.

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Ashley Watson - Pushing the limits of motorcycle apparel

16.06.2017

After years of working for some of the UK’s top brands, Ashley Watson set up his own label for highly functional motorcycle apparel. For his new Dyneema®-infused Eversholt motorcycle jacket, he took it on a month-long expedition across Europe.

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Alasdair Leighton Crawford - The future of high tech apparel

23.12.2016

Former professional rower Alasdair Leighton-Crawford is a London-based trained tailor and sportswear designer/maker. As founder of CIMORO, he’s a self-styled ‘future master craftsman’ producing luxury high-performance sportswear apparel.

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Allen Little - 'One amazing fabric'

23.11.2016

Allen Little was born into textiles. Beginning at his family’s business three decades ago, he is now the Director of Product Development at Cone Denim – a company renown for being on the cutting-edge of denim.

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Chico MacMurtrie - The Soft-Machines

18.08.2016

Visual artist Chico MacMurtrie creates large-scale robotic sculptures, installations, and performances that reflect a deep fascination for both living organisms and contemporary technology.

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Jotaro Yoshida - Enlightening the outdoor experience

03.06.2016

The pyramid shape is primitive, but the shelters from LOCUS GEAR are far from simplistic. The lightest and strongest materials are what founder and designer Jotaro Yoshida has always been looking for.

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Jan Chipchase - Discreet gear for discerning travellers

29.04.2016

SDR Traveller founder Jan Chipchase relies on Dyneema® for the deliberately low-key looking luggage and accessories the brand creates for the discerning globetrotter.

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Tim Evans - Floating on water

25.03.2016

Outdoor enthusiast Tim Evans wanted a folding kayak but couldn’t find any that were up to his expectations. He decided to take matters in his own hands and started experimenting using a frame of aluminum and carbon fiber tubes and a Dyneema® Flexible Composite skin.

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Marcel Geser - Garments of tomorrow

22.12.2015

Development Never Stops has a highly unique, “laboratory” type studio set up where they combine their vast knowledge with state of the art machinery to create the technical garments of tomorrow.

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Mike St. Pierre - Walk on the light side

04.11.2015

Embracing innovations in materials technology and striving to be the ‘Leaders in Lightweight™', Hyperlite Mountain Gear is one of the trailblazers of a new generation of ultralight hiking gear.

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Joseph Jenkins - Bulletproof sartorialist

06.10.2015

Joseph Jenkins (24) is a bulletproof sartorialist. This London based bespoke tailor creates made-to-measure body protection with Dyneema®. Jenkins’ pieces are highly functional garments, with the looks of a true piece of art.

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Outlier - All for the sake of the future of clothing

13.07.2015

The unique properties of Dyneema® seem to go hand in hand with the design philosophy of Outlier. This New York based clothing label strives to truly implement the properties of fabrics into their designs.

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Neil Bell - Making a classic last longer

29.06.2015

Neil Bell has been innovating denim for a large part of his working life. After having been global fabric innovation manager at Levi Strauss & Co (where he worked on the development of Levi’s ‘501 Strong’, using Dyneema®) for 14 years, he now works for DSM Dyneema on business and product development. San Francisco is his home base.

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Saint - 20 times tougher than a standard denim

29.06.2015

Saint is a brand new Australian motorcycle inspired clothing label, conceived by avid motor rider Mike Lelliot. Lelliot blends fibers such as Dyneema® with naturals like cotton, wool and silk, to design motorcycle denim that outperforms your typical jeans and jacket.

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