Fifteen times stronger than steel, but floats on water, Dyneema has long been used to moor oilrigs, stop bullets and repair human ligaments, now technical apparel designer Conroy Nachtigall has used the fabric to make a ski jacket.
Could this ski jacket stop a bullet?
The short documentary ‘Sending It’ covers the “Wow!” response when the jacket – the strongest and lightest ever made – is tried by some big names living in Canadian extreme sports capital Squamish.
Dyneema technology has been used in many different applications over the years including airships, ultra-light hiking equipment, heart valves, and flexible circuitry but this is the first time the fabric has been used in a skiing and snowboarding jacket.
“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...."
When Nachtigall’s prototype is taken for first inspection to Squamish, British Columbia – the extreme alpine sports hub of Canada – the response is a universal “Wow!”
Ok, this jacket might not stop a bullet but it looks like it might just be the coolest development to have happened in ski apparel for years.
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