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A close-up of Dyneema, showing its ‘unfinished look’.

More garment developments for Dyneema

Published: 17th Apr 2017
Author: Tony Dickson - S&V Editor
Heerlen (The Netherlands) – DSM Dyneema, inventor and manufacturer of ultra high molecular weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) fibre branded as Dyneema, is targeting sportswear as a new market.
It commissioned technical apparel designer Conroy Nachtigall to develop an alpine jacket of tomorrow with Dyneema Composite Fabric.

An Alpine jacket developed by snowboarders.

Dyneema claims the fabric is 15 times stronger than steel, but floats on water, and that it is “the world's strongest, lightest fibre and has long been used to moor oilrigs, stop bullets and repair human ligaments”.
As a fabric component, Dyneema(r) technology was first applied to sailcloth for the winning yacht of America's Cup 1992. Since then, Dyneema(r) Composite Fabrics have been engineered with a whole range of different properties (breathability, colors, solar reflectivity, various sensor and telecommunication abilities, etc.) and for many different applications (airships, ultra-light hiking equipment, heart valves, flexible circuitry, etc.). 
“Currently, Dyneema Composite Fabrics are spearheading a revolution in the performance sports apparel industry. 
        "Dyneema Composite Fabrics is a precise high-tech material yet still looks unfinished and raw due to its signature crinkly look," says Nachtigall. "It's a fabric but isn't a fabric - bonded instead of woven, super lightweight yet super tough. Dyneema shifts perceptions. And that's what I try to do with apparel: to have the wearer shift their idea of what they can do based on what they're wearing." – []
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