Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: NE Georgia, GA., USA
new textiles will make great riding gear
My boss and I went to the textile expo for the last couple of days seeing the new goodies on the market and coming out soon
There are some amazing new products out, watch for some cool riding gear coming out soon.
There is a new waterproof breathable material. They had a piece as the bottom of a large plastic container with an aquarium pump under it, the air bubbles were flowing up through the material yet not one drop of water came though. This looks to be far superior to Gore-Tex they can laminate this to almost any material as well now.
(Processes are changing and changing quickly to say the least)
There is also a basically knife proof and abrasion proof material. The abrasion is much higher than current textiles and higher than many leathers.
Face it good leather is going to be a tough cookie to beat for abrasion standards for some time yet, keep in mind I said _GOOD_ leather.
There are some very flexible stretch materials that look awesome as well that have abrasion resistance that tops most textiles that is not that far out of price range, Iím thinking Kevlar is going to be seen less and less in the clothing line soon, some of these products are said to be much easier to sew and laminate with other products for water resistance or thermal materials, of which by the way I have one sample that has a R3 rating that is very thin I bet this would make good outerwear thermal barrier.
Is Thinsulate going to have some good competition here?
The products to make better bags, seat covering, rainwear, heated gear and cooling gear are changing at a fast rate. Needing rain covers for bags is a thing of the past. Even with our Urathane coated Ballistic Nylons and Cordura's we have now that do not need a rain cover (which is what I use) products are still getting better. The waterproof zippers are becoming priced better designed better and easier to get, even for custom applications.
There are some other products being changed as well like Velcro, I have a nice sample here, it cannot be sewn yet though or I would have ordered it for our bags here.
Anyhow look forward to some great riding and motorcycle gear in the future, gear that has more flexible uses, lighter is less bulky and keeps you warm or cool better.
'07 GS Adv (mine), '06 GS <(My brides)
(the only bmw's in the stable)
Last edited by tmgs; Nov 3rd, 2006 at 7:47 am.