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 percent Dyneema fiber — was launched in 2015 after years of research. The fabric was engineered to retain denim’s traditional qualities while offering 360-degree protection. But it fell just short of the four seconds of slide time required to pass the standard impact abrasion test EN13595 from Satra Technology.
DSM Dyneema has now introduced a new fabric that can 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,” said David Borras, cofounder of the 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.”
Dyneema fiber, which has been tested and marketed to be 15 times stronger than steel but able to float on water, has long been used to moor oil rigs, 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 the top-rated strength and protection, Dyneema fiber is also soft, light and thermally conductive, keeping skin feeling cool in the sweatiest of conditions.
Dyneema Denim offers increased protection to nonprofessional riders and commuters. the company said 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 being developed in different colors and with water-repellent finishes.
DSM Dyneema is the inventor and manufacturer of Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene fiber branded and Dyneema and trademarked as “the world’s strongest fiber.” Dyneema also claims to be 40 percent stronger than aramid fibers on weight for weight basis, making it able to float on water, while being highly durable and resistant to moisture, UV light and chemicals.
In addition to industrial uses, Dyneema fabrics are being sued in denim, apparel, footwear, sports equipment and lightweight outdoor products and accessories.
Products from DSM Dyneema are produced in Heerlen, Holland; Greenville, N.C., and Mesa, Ariz. DSM Dyneema is also a partner in a high modulus polyethylene manufacturing joint venture in Japan.