Acclaimed technical apparel designer Conroy Nachtigall was commissioned by The DyneemaÂ® Project to develop an alpine jacket of tomorrow with DyneemaÂ® Composite Fabric.
Acclaimed technical apparel designer Conroy Nachtigall was commissioned by The DyneemaÂ® Project to develop an alpine jacket of tomorrow with DyneemaÂ® Composite Fabric. The â€œWow!â€ response when the jacket â€“ the strongest and lightest ever made â€“ is tried by some of the big names living in Canadian extreme sports capital Squamish is shown in a documentary.
Many have attempted to come up with an alpine jacket that is light, strong and fitted to provide snowboarders with complete freedom of movement â€“ while still being waterproof and breathable. But as the legendary Swiss snowboarder Romain de Marchi notes at the beginning of â€˜Sending Itâ€™: â€œI havenâ€™t found the ultimate jacket yet and Iâ€™ve been a pro snowboarder for fifteen years. So I keep searchingâ€¦â€
Fifteen times stronger than steel, but floats on water, DyneemaÂ® is worldâ€™s strongest, lightest fibre and has long been used to moor oilrigs, stop bullets and repair human ligaments.
Currently, DyneemaÂ® Composite Fabrics are spearheading a revolution in the performance sports apparel industry. â€œDyneemaÂ® Composite Fabrics is a precise high-tech material yet still looks unfinished and raw due to its signature crinkly look,â€ says Nachtigall. â€œItâ€™s a fabric but isnâ€™t a fabric â€“ bonded instead of woven, super lightweight yet super tough. DyneemaÂ® shifts perceptions. And thatâ€™s what I try to do with apparel: to have the wearer shift their idea of what they can do based on what theyâ€™re wearing.â€ â€œIt feels like youâ€™re not wearing anything!â€ enthuses famed snowboard photographer Phil Tifo. â€œAnd I still feel warm!â€