Originally Posted on June 28, 2013
We often get questions from customers about the materials we use in our line of micro crampons and stretch gaiters. A lot of research and thought goes into our design decisions as we aim to create only the highest quality gear that will enhance your outdoor experience. Of course, we want to share the thought behind our designs and material choices with you!
This week our blog will focus on the impressive SuperFabric, which we use in our Super Armadillo and Super Armadillo Nano gaiters. We want to share with you what makes this material so fantastic, and why we chose to feature it in our gaiter line.
SuperFabric- you know it’s going to be impressive with a name like that, right?
As well as being extremely durable, breathable and flexible, SuperFabric is the king of resistance. Not only is this material dirt and water resistant, but it is one of the industry leaders for abrasion resistance. A range of industries have seen the benefits of SuperFabric and have put it to use for a range of applications- from the military to motorcycle apparel to Personal Protective Equipment.
Here at Hillsound we wanted to create a gaiter strong enough to withstand the sharp spikes of mountaineering crampons and the rough surfaces encountered during alpine expeditions. SuperFabric was an obvious choice and, it turns out, a popular one. We’ve had a lot of praise for SuperFabric’s abilities. One reviewer described the Super Armadillo Nanos as deflecting errant crampon points ‘like chain mail’
As it turns out, this is quite an accurate description of the science behind SuperFabric.
SuperFabric actually utilises an armour-coating made up of rigid epoxy circles that are attached to the base material. It is these armour-plates that deflect the water, dirt and harsh materials thrown at it.
The spaces between the circles allow the material to retain its flexibility. They also allow the air to circulate around the tiny epoxy plates and through the base material in both directions, ensuring the gaiters breathe and dry quickly. The structure of SuperFabric means that oil, dirt and other stains do not adhere easily to the surface.
SuperFabric is just one of several industry-leading technologies that Hillsound uses in our outdoor adventure gear. Stay tuned to our blog as we will have further ‘Technology Spotlights’ in the coming weeks.