Thermoplastic (often polycarbonate) used in the production of injection moulded helmet shells. Used for its hardwearing, scratch- and impact resistant qualities. Tip: do not add stickers or repaint ABS helmets because solvents in the glue or paint can damage them.
Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP) material often used in the manufacture of helmets. Several layers of fibre sheet are laminated by hand and 'baked' in a metal mould to create a shell that offers better impact absorption and a longer serviceable lifespan than ABS. It is generally fine to apply decals or apply paint to a GRP shell, but be sure to check with the manufacturer's instructions.
Mix of three materials (fibreglass, carbon and Kevlar) used in helmet manufacture to produce particularly light, yet shock resistant shells.
Fibers / fabrics
- Aramid Ceramic
- Liprotex C-Dry II
- Polartec® Powerdry®
- schoeller®-dynatec with Scotchlite
Airguard is highly abrasion and tear resistant and manufactured from a specially developed hollow fibre (100% polyamide). This hollow fibre enables a low grammage volume and therefore a very is very comfortable in use. The tiny airpockets support the natural balance of the body and insulate against cold and heat. Furthermore Airguard is extremly water repellent and wind resistant, easy to clean and quick drying. Airguard meets all demands, which represent first-class and modern motorcycle garments.
DuPont™ KEVLAR® fibre treated with a ceramic polymer matrix to provide the highest standard of abrasion, tear, cut and heat resistance on the areas of gloves which need it most.
A 100% polyester fabric which keeps cool and comfortable. It takes away humidity from the body and dries quickly. It is light and breathable, is very comfortable to wear and is very easy-care.
A high quality polyamide (100%) fabric woven from precision-cut DuPont hollow fibres. Cordura is more durable and abrasion resistant than other nylons and is particularly suited for protective clothing. It has a comfortable and natural woven, slighlty structured, appearance.
Heros®-Tec consists of 100% polyester fabric and is a synthetic fibre with linear macromolecules used in various applications. The basic characteristics of polyester are elasticity and shape retaining 'memory', along with low moisture absorption and high tear resistance.
Liprotex C-Dry II
It´s a polyester fabric, which is water repellent and quick drying, even after repeated use and washing. Based on the special C-Dry II-technic, it possesses an exceptional elasticity.
Tear resistant and durable fibre, spun from endless Polyamide fibres, which is often treated for water resistance and specially impregnated to shed dirt. Nylon forms the basis of most textile garments. It's lightweight and strong construction makes it ideally suited for rainwear.
Polartec® Powerdry® with X-Static® fibres
Material made of 96% polyester and 4% silver ion (X-Static®) metal fibres, which has an antistatic effect to wick sweat away from the body and help control odour.
Synthetic fibre which absorbs very little moisture and is extremely abrasion and tear resistant, which makes it ideal in applications where weather protection and durability are the main concerns.
Innovative high-tech fibre made from finest polyester threads which are woven to form an ultra-light felt. This felt insulates to a similar level as feather down, with the additional advantage that it does not absorb sweat. It is unrivalled for comfort, dry feel, and warmth.
schoeller®-dynatec with Scotchlite
A thread with Scotchlite has been included in the fabric. The fabric is made up of microscopic glass beads that reflect an astonishing amount of white light, increasing visibility and therefore passive safety for the motorcyclist.
This is a high-quality mixed fabric of cordura and Kevlar and is mostly used in hi impact areas during an accident. It offers very good protection from abbrasion and heat and additionally it is water-repellent because of a special coating.
Highly breathable stretch material, which is elastic, lightweight, warm and flexible. Outer shell has a water resistant coating, while the inner has a soft fleece lining which absorbs moisture and wicks it away from the body.
Superfabric® brand materials
A mix of 32% polyester and 68% epoxy resin creates a super-tough material which offers full flexibility as well as extremely high cut and abrasion resistance. Held uses Superfabric® to reinforce crash zones on certain garments and gloves.
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Security through visibility
In road traffic it is extremely important to be clearly visible to others - especially in bad light. 3M™Scotchlite™ Reflective Material help dramatically improve the wearers visibility to others particularly in twilight and darkness. The use of 3M™Scotchlite™ Reflective Material in modern protective clothing makes the wearer more visible and therefore safer.
The unique microfibres of 3M™Thinsulate™ Insulation are about ten times smaller than the fibres of other synthetic insulations, which means they‘re much more efficient at trapping air...and much more effective at keeping you warm. It also means we can pack many more of them into the same space, where they reflect back more of your body‘s radiant heat.
This means clothing insulation without unnecessary weight or bulk:
· ideal heat insulation
· more freedom of movement
· maximum comfort
Leather / artificial leather
- Amara artificial leather
- Leather – Pittards® (Hairsheep)
- Leather – TFL-COOL®
- Leather – Kangaroo hide
- Leather - Sting Ray skin
Amara artificial leather
A synthetic leather, made of 60% polyamide and 40% polyurethane, which is not only weatherproof, but also soft and comfortable. Additionally it offers an excellent grip and is therefore often used on the palms of motocross gloves.
The '2nd skin' of motorcyclists is still the toppeforming material regarding safety and abrasion in comparison with nearly all textil materials. HELD leather marks a high abraision and tear resistance, high breathability and wearing comfort and is, with the right care, extremely durable. Leather garments should be fitted as tight as possible in order to firmly hold the protectors in place. While wearing leather garments, they 'break in' and mould to the body.
Leather – Pittards® (Hairsheep)
The hairsheep is a cross between a sheep and goat, only found in some African countries. Its hide is soft and comfortable, like goatskin, but it has a more dense structure and therefore it is much more stable. The picture shows a test result in chemical sweat for 24 hours. On the left with Pittards® hairsheep special leather WR 100 x, on the right without.
Pittards® special leather is resistant against humidity and aggressive sweat. The leather still remains soft and comfortable after drying without shrinking. www.pittards.com
Leather – TFL-COOL-System®
Revolutionary treatment for dark leather which helps to reflect solarradiation in the same way that white leather would, due to the special TFL Cool™ System. The temperature on the leather drops up to 20°C and additionally and provides a cool wearing comfort of up to 12°C difference with solar radiation. The improved UV resistance of Cool-leather also increases the garment´s lifespan.
TFL Cool™ items should only be treated with transparent dubbin, as described in the garments care instructions. When cleaned correctly, the Cool-effect will last the duration of the garments life.
Leather - Kangaroo hide
Many of the existing 48 species of kangaroo are protected. However the unchecked reproduction of the largest breed (called “marcropus giganteus”), has become a big problem and culling is therefore allowed under the supervision of the Australian government. Our kangaroo leather is with a special colouration absolutely colour-fast and with it‘s special tanning extremely resistant against humidity and sweat.
Normal leather becomes hard and crumbly and shrinks when getting wet or via sweat. Kangaroo´s only sweat through their tail and tongue, so there are no pores in their hide which is good for the structure of fibre. While the structure of cow leather gets loose, the structure of kangaroo leather stays fixed. Additionally, the fibre structure of kangaroo leather is more intense geared than the structure of cow leather.
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Leather – Sting Ray skin
Highly abrasion resistant stingray skin with impact absorbing gel are put under the ball of the thumb and knuckle. It is gliding and protects against fraying.
Protection and durability
Wear resistant test through Institute PFI Pirmasens Abrasion test corresponding to the friction wheel method DIN 53754
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Membranes / coating
ceraspace™ is a new protection fabric technology from Schoeller opening a new dimension in abrasion proofing and heat resistance.
When standard textiles are exposed to high temperatures, they become damaged. The 3-dimensional coating of ceraspace™ technology is highly resistant to elevated temperatures and works as a protective space barrier between the textile and a heat source. No melting is possible and the heat-up rate remains low, minimizing the possibility of exposure to harmful heat and abrasion for the wearer.
The new technology owes its outstanding protective properties to a unique composition of special ceramic particles. The special ceramic particles are nearly as hard as diamonds.
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The GORE TEX® membrane has over 1.4 billion microscopic pores per square centimetre. These pores are around 20,000 times smaller than a water molecule, however 700 times bigger than a water vapour molecule. Therefore the GORE TEX® membrane is durable water and wind resistant and at the same time very breathable.
The result: Rain can´t get in and wind is kept away but sweat can get out.
To guarantee absolute weather resistance, GORE TEX® products are sealed by the GORE SEAM TAPE technology. This tape seales every small hole which occurs when sewing cloth out of GORE TEX®. To fulfi l the special requirements in all applications, GORE TEX® has developed different membranes and technologies, which are used in the particular products.
In each chapter of our GORE TEX® garments and gloves you will fi nd further information about these technologies and products.
Membranes Polyurethane or polyester based material designed to keep the body dry, to protect the wearer from wind and to transport sweat to the outside. Therefore membrane equipped clothing has excellent weather protection and at the same time comfort characteristics.
As this material structure has no pores, it is absolutely wind resistant and so the body is prevented from cooling. Seams are welded with a special heat sealed tape to ensure no water can penetrate from the outside.
Depending on the brand of product, the membranes are made out of different basic materials and are mostly sewed as loose foil ("liner") in the inside of jackets and pants. Special materials and tightly regulated manufacturing guidelines make climate membranes extremely tough, elastic and almost tear resistant.
Due to the patented OutDry® laminating process, the waterproof and breathable membrane is laminated directly to the outer material of the product. It seals perfectly in all possible water penetration points.
Phase-change material originally developed to protect astronauts against extreme fluctuations in temperature. Millions of microcapsules absorb the heat generated through exertion or increased external temperature to keep you cool, the stored energy is released when you need to warm up. A comfortable temperature in the suit is ensured.
Outlast® reduces the production of sweat and overheating of the body.
It´s a hygienic finishing from the RUDOLF-Group. A base of silver ions prevent the increase of bacteria on textile surfaces. The natural balance of the skin is not effected. These textiles require only a 40°C-wash cycle to remain hygienically clean.
Non-stick molecular treatment permanently applied to textile thread, which repels water and enables dirt to be easily washed off.
An intelligent shock absorbing material containing sensitive molecules which move loosely under normal terms. Therefore the protectors are soft and flexible and fit perfectly to the body. On a sudden impact (like an accident), the molecules combine to offer an excellent absorption on impact. The whole process occurs instantaneously and d30 protectors will return to their original state after the impact has subsided and can be used again, without any loss of capability.
dual protector system
The dual protector system of the jacket provides the customer the option to integrate an individual required back protector. Beside the special foam pad or the CE protector, a specially developed CE back protector can be used. It has the advantage of additional shoulder and coccyx protection and also high wearing comfort because of the integrated waistband.
The visco elastic PU-foam from SAS-TEC® consist of renewable “green” raw materials and not from mineral oil. This special material has excellent response characteristic on impact, low weight, high comfort, and excellent, almost linier energy absorption, and therefore body compatible energyreduction at impact.
Furthermore the special microstructure of the SAS-TEC® foam ensures an adapted damping performance: the higher the impact-speed, the bigger the resistance of the foam guaranteeing the best possible Impact protection for your body.