Apparel & Footwear

Ultralight comfort with maximum strength

Why choose Dyneema®?

Dyneema® fabrics' unmatched strength-to-weight ratio and outstanding abrasion resistance and durability are helping eliminate the need for traditional, heavy layers in all kinds of activities. Today we're working with leading brands to create a new generation of fabrics for both apparel and footwear.

Apparel: Unique look with added performance

The key trend in apparel has been to reduce the weight of the garment but keep the extraordinary performance. From advanced explorers to nature enthusiasts, to the urban dwellers, the fabrics with Dyneema® fiber have been widely used in all-season jackets, performing well in all weather conditions and packing small. They were an ideal solution for outerwear that requires a fabric that could be extremely light, yet withstand the rough handling fabrics, we opened the door to demonstrating an ideal material for a wide range of industries and fashion segments. The original look of the fabrics provides instant recognition, as it is connected to the premium quality of Dyneema® materials.

Watch the short documentary ‘Sending It: The mission to develop a revolutionary alpine jacket’

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Convention-breaking next-level Denim

Denim was always the choice for people who need sturdy, protective workwear. Dyneema® is the strongest and most durable fiber in the world. So combining the two is the perfect way to increase durability, toughness, protection, and cut resistance, without reducing comfort.

Denim: Durability, protection and comfort

Dyneema® ultra-lightweight fiber is up to 15x stronger than steel and up to 40 percent stronger than aramid fiber weight for weight. Properties of Dyneema® enhance all aspect of classic denim: durability, protection and comfort. The color degrades, but the performance remains intact. Supple and soft to the touch. Ideal fabric for extreme heavy duty applications or extreme sports.

Watch how Motorcycle Denim with Dyneema® transforms both the denim and motorcycles industry

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Tough, tougher, toughest

Reinforcing Denim with Dyneema® increases abrasion resistance, tear resistance, and tensile strength. Denim with Dyneema® is ideal for: 

Fashion and urban wear: Including 5-10% Dyneema® increases the abrasion resistance of 100% denim by 250-600%, tear resistance by 50-100%, and tensile strength by 25-100%.

Motorcycle wear: Using half the amount of Dyneema® improves the abrasion resistance of a single-layer motorcycle denim with aramid by 70%. The like-for-like improvement is 300%. And half the amount of Dyneema® is twice as strong as denim with HT nylon on burst/tensile strength. 

Watch how Durable Denim with Dyneema® undergoes the ultimate test

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Footwear: Custom solutions for the sports industry and their athletes

Lightweight sports shoes enhance every athlete's speed and endurance, from running to football, to cycling. And as the exciting new category of barefoot running shows, the possible applications are as unlimited as our imagination. DSM is working with leading sports brands to create advanced footwear solutions that meet the custom needs of individual sports. The wide selection of woven, knit and composite fabrics made with Dyneema® make it possible to create ultralight footwear with maximum durability.

Optimal foot stability
Dyneema® Composite Fabric uses directional fibers that are thermo-bonded to create no-stretch zones for ultimate connection. This fabric was an ideal solution in creating foot stability, comfortable hold but without additional weight.

Extended comfort to the athlete

By incorporating Dyneema® fiber in the knitted uppers, the running or training shoe offers added strength against abrasion from the inside and the outside of the shoe. Other attributes such as lightweight, breathability, and conductivity are additional components offering extended comfort to the athlete.

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