A thermoplastic (like polycarbonate) used for the production of helmets. It has a high skin hardness, good impact strength and scratch resistant surfaces. The helmets are produced in one part by an injection moulding procedure under high pressure and high temperature. Tip: Do not add any stickers or do not repaint ABS helmets as solvents in 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.
Fibers / fabrics
Aramid fibres are synthetically produced high-performance fibres characterised by extremely high tensile strength and abrasion resistance; they are also flameretardant and do not melt even at high temperatures. Aramid is used in motorcycle protective clothing as a
reinforcement and offers a high level of wearing comfort at the same time.
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 air pockets support the natural ba lance of the body and insulate against cold and heat. Furthermore Airguard is extremley water repellent and wind resistant, easy to clean and quick drying. Airguard meets all demands, which represent first-class and modern motorcycle garments.
ARMALITH® is a highly abrasion-proof denim-material mix. The combination of cotton fibres with an UHMWPE-fibre (polyethylene with ultra-high molecular weight) was originally developed for space technology and military uses. The material is made of a single, highly tear-proof and water-repellent layer to ensure considerable wearing comfort. Comfort and freedom of movement is even higher again with Armalith® Stretch Denim.
The material is as the result of a special weaving technique which is very resilient. You can stretch it very tight, without the material losing shape. Canvas is breathable and has good wind-proofing performance. Cotton is a natural material which is also characterized by its tear strength and resistance.
Subsequent treatment of the canvas-cotton material with a special textile wax creates a water-repellent layer that gives clothing a special look. Breathability and wearing comfort of the cotton material are preserved.
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, slightly structured, appearance.
Is a tough cotton material, which is mainly used in the fashion industry. The finished optic is achieved by different washing procedures to achieve their fashionable look (for instance Stone-wash).
Elastane is an extremely stretchy chemical fiber with high elasticity.
Even with its ability to be stretched to triple of its initial length, the fiber returns almost to the initial length after tensioning. It resembles rubber, but has a higher strength and is more durable.
Flannel is a fabric made of 100% cotton. Flannel is characterised by a dense structure and a roughened, supple surface. The fabric offers pleasant warmth from additional air cushions achieved by the more voluminous pile, while also being very absorbent.
Different to fiber, fleece is a non-woven yarn. During its exclusive a manufacturing method the fibers are felted. Depending on the material, strength of fleece and manufacturing method, the fleece can be surprisingly tear resistant.
Held Armaprotec is a technical knitted fabric based on Armalith® technology. It is used as a lining material in motorcycle protective gear as a substitute for aramid lining. Held Armaprotec surpasses the properties of aramid knits in terms of abrasion and tear resistance, breathability, wearing comfort, weight, washability, sustainability and UV resistance.
HELD Cooldry™ material mix
Cooldry ™ – a mixture of polyester and Cooldry ™ polyester – transports the moisture outwards and creates a comfortable feel. The textiles dry quickly, are breathable and thanks to the ready-made fabric ideal for all activities. Cooldry ™ is a specially crafted yarn which removes the moisture more intensively and quickly, is very easy to clean and air permeable.
HELD seamless function fiber mixture
Polyamide-polyester fibre mixtures with or without elastane are the ideal base for our seamless functional clothing. The functional fibres optimally adapt to the body, quickly drain moisture and dry just as quickly. Herewith you have a pleasant dry and comfortable use. The rapid odour formation in artificial fibre mixtures is prevented by the special Silverplus® equipment (Rudolph Chemie from Germany), which does not lose its effectiveness even at low wash temperatures.
HELD Socks Merino Mix
With a mix of polyacrylic, merino wool and polyamide, our special woollen stocks provide an ideal companion for longer rides. Unpleasant odours due to long wearing are reduced due to the natural wool properties (the protein destroys the bacteria). The mixture creates a comfortable wearing feeling, which also warms in the “moist” condition and adapts to the foot ergonomically without wrinkles and pressure points.
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.
Is a name for a chloroprene rubber, also called polychloroprene or chlorobutadiene rubber, a synthetic rubber which is used, in automobile construction and for heat-insulating sportswear. Trade names of other manufacturers are, B. Baypren of Lanxess. The preparation is carried out by polymerization of 2-chloro-1,3-butadiene (chloroprene).
Very often neoprene is lined on both sides with textile fabric (nylon or lycra), which makes the surface closed and less vulnerable to damage.
NILIT® Heat is a unique yarn made of activated coffee carbon that keeps the wearer warm in cold temperatures. The fibre has outstanding antibacterial and heat-insulated properties, gives a sweat-free feeling and offers best wearing comfort throughout the day. NILIT® Heat is an environmentally compatible yarn that uses a natural excess (coffeebean shells) in a smart manner, and integrates activated coffee carbon into the nylon fibres.
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.
NYSPAN® is a two-way or four-way stretch fabric which offers a lot of comfort and free moving space in everyday life due to the elastic yarn, since the garments change very easily. NYSPAN® can be mixed with superfibers such as Aramid for added safety.
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.
High-quality, tear-resistant and durable polyester fabric, waterproof thanks to PVC coating.
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.
Designates a (polyamide) fabric, into which thicker threads are interwoven in warp and weft at regular intervals; This increases the tear strength of the material. Nylon Rip Stop is a very light fabric with fine rip stop optics and pleasantly soft grip. Despite improved wide tear strength.
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.
Is a comfortable all-round functional fabric made of polyester, polyamide or Cordura. It is characterised by durability, flexibility and high wearing comfort. The basic characteristics are high and permanent elasticity (2way or 4way), breathability, durability and wear resistance.
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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TACTEL® often consists out of a mixture of cotton and polyamide or polyamide and elastane fibers. The INVISTA TACTEL® dynamic special fiber is used to make garments that are soft, pleasantly smooth, breathable and light. TACTEL® fibers dry up to eight times faster than cotton, and are not only soft and light, they also have high strength. The inherent strength of TACTEL® fibers allows the fabrication of textiles with a strength of three times that of natural fibers.
Is a fabric which is extremely water-repellent and windproof due to its synthetic fibers, usually polyamide, and the fabric structure. Taslan is known for his soft and smooth surface. This is due to the structure of fibers. The finer the fibers, the smoother and softer the fabric. Despite its water-repellent effect, Taslan is breathable and moisture transport from the inside to the outside (wicking) is ensured.
3D three dimensional fabric / 3D Air mesh parts
The most important properties of three dimensional fabrics are its moisture controls, good pressure relief, thermo-regulation, breathability and good air permeability.
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
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 | 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.
Leather | Pittards® (Hairsheep)
The hairsheep is a cross between a sheep and goat, only found in some African countries (Ethiopia). Its hide is soft and comfor table, like goatskin, but it has a more dense structure and therefore it is much more stable.
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 | 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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Leather | TFL-COOL-System®
Revolutionary treatment for dark leather which helps to reflect solar radiation 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 | Vegetable Tanning
Vegetable tanning means the traditional tanning of leather with plant-based tannins. The tannins for vegetable tanning are produced from plant parts of trees and bushes such as the horse chestnut, golden wattle, tara- or quebracho-tree, and historically also from the oak or spruce. There are many differences from chemical tanning, which is used to process most industrially used leathers. Vegetabletanned
leather products have a more natural, softer look that may change slightly over time when exposed to the sun and other outer influences; they are also more skin-compatible and contain no chrome-VIcompounds. Vegetable tanning gives the leather a particularly long lifetime. The plant-based tannins are also bio-degradable and the entire tanning process is more environmentally compatible than chrome tanning would be. However, vegetable tanning requires much longer process times, better craftsmanship and therefore is more elaborate and expensive. In contrast to chemically tanned leathers, vegetable tanning does not permit any brilliant, unusual colours; the leather is less elastic and cannot be processed as thinly.
Membranes / coating
Extremely high perfoming Ripstop laminate with Kevlar yarns. Ideal for reinforcement areas where demand is high.
This is a GORE-TEX patented ripstop structure with integrated Kevlar-Core, covered by a Cordura® shealth. The patented “Core & Effect” Yarn Technology, combining Kevlar – high resistance to tear and heat (melting point >400°C) – and Cordura® – high resistance to abracation, in ripstop construction.
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-dimen sional 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 productsare sealed by the GORE SEAM TAPE technology. This tape seals every small hole which occurs when sewing cloth out of GORE TEX. To fulfil the special requirements in all applications, GORE TEX has developed different membranes and technologies, which are used in the particular products.
GORE-TEX INFINIUM™ WINDSTOPPER®
Our products of GORE-TEX INFINIUM™ material are absolutely wind-tight and offer best breathability, so that the body will stay pleasantly warm in cool and windy weather. The membrane blocks wind and lets vapour escape outwards. This combination of production and breathability minimises windchill while reducing the overheating risk and physical activity.
Non-stick molecular treatment permanently applied to textile thread, which repels water and enables dirt to be easily washed off.
2 layer stretch fabric
Membrane and outer material are laminated together (bonded) by an adhesive. This has the advantage that the outer material (polyester / polyamide / cordura) does not get waterlogged. Due to its manufacture theis material can only be stretched in one direction.
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 D3O® 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 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.
Polyethylene foam (PE Foam)
The PE foam is a very fine-pored foam which has an almost velvety surface and is perfectly suited as shock absorbing inserts. PE foam has good damping, insulation and insulating properties.
Safety made very special foam. 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 energy-reduction 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.
Suprotect® special foam
Special foam from space research. Open-cell, breathable PU material, manufactured according to a special formulation, with viscoelastic (delayed) restoring behaviour and automatic hardening at punctually, quickly impinging loads, therefore excellent for shock and impact absorption. Suprotect® is significantly improved compared to the original in terms of mechanical strength and stability against humidity and temperature.
Comfort ventilation system means that all zippers, which are used in jackets/pants, allow, when opened, air to flow throughout the garment via openings in the climate membrane. When the zippers are closed, 100% water and wind resistance is guaranteed.
The Safety-Seam: It is used at all critical areas such as hips, knees, arms and back as reinforcement of the material.
Standard seams: They connect the layers of the material only with one thread. In case of an accident, the seams would be cut, the layers get loose and protection is not longer ensured.
The additional protection seam: It consists of two seams, one of them is sewed covered. In case of an accident, only the top seam would be damaged, but the covered one would still hold the material of the garment together.
Used look makes each piece of leather totally unique. Each hide is specially treated during the last production processes (washing, polishing, greasing, stone washing and so on). Each garment will get its totally individual look, so the picture shown can differ slightly from the actual product.