The quality gloving material available for use in construction of our high performance gloves are:

Airguard

Highly abrasion and tear resistant hollow fibre polyamide fabric featuring tiny air pockets, which insulate against fluctuation in ambient temperature to improve wearer comfort with no weight penalty. AIRGUARD is also water repellent and windproof, easy to clean and quick drying.

Amara™

Synthetic leather made of 60% polyamide and 40% polyurethane, which is weatherproof, soft, and comfortable. Also offers excellent grip and is therefore often used on the palms of motocross gloves.

Armacor™

High tech Kevlar and Cordura weave used on crash zones of selected Held textile suits. Offers the best abrasion resistance of any textile and offers the ultimate in strength, durability and weather protection. Armacor is used by only a few high-end manufacturers due to the cost involved.

Climate membrane

Polyurethane or polyester based material designed to create a protective barrier against the elements, while allowing moisture to escape from within. Popular brands include eVent, Reissa™, HUMAX™, Miracle Tex™, HIPORA™ and Heros-Tec™. Seams are welded with a special heat sealed tape to ensure no water can penetrate from the outside. Special materials and tightly regulated manufacturing guidelines make climate membranes extremely durable and flexible.

coldblack™

Dark textiles absorb heat, which can lead to overheating, while light coloured textiles can be difficult to keep clean. coldblack is a special treatment for dark textile garments, which reflects solar radiation, in the same way as TFL COOL™ does with leather, to help keep the wearer more comfortable through a wide range of temperatures. coldblack™ uses bluesign™ approved substances, which are as environmentally friendly as possible.

For more details please visit www.coldblack.ch

Coolmax™

Polyester fabric which keeps the wearer cool by controlling humidity and wicking moisture away from the body. It is light, breathable, soft to the touch, easy care and dries quickly. Often used in helmet and garment linings, as well as in technical underwear.

Cool System

Treatment similar to coldblack, which allows dark textiles to reflect solar radiation (heat) in the same way as lighter textile would to therefore keep the rider more comfortable and increase lifespan of the garment.

Cordura

High quality polyamide fabric woven from precision-cut DuPont hollow fibres. Cordura is more durable and abrasion resistant than other nylons and is particularly suited to heavy-duty use. It also has a comfortable feel and natural woven appearance.

d3o

Patented intelligent shock absorbing material which remains soft and pliable during general wear, but will instantaneously become solid on sudden in an impact. d3o is engineered with rate sensitive molecules which flow with you as you move, but will lock together on violent contact to absorb impact energy. The whole process occurs instantaneously and d3o protectors will return to their original state after the impact has subsided, and can be used again. For more information, visit www.d30.com.

Direct Ventilation

Comfort ventilation system using watertight zippers, which, when opened, allow air to flow throughout the garment via openings in the climate membrane. With the zips closed the garment remains water and windproof.

Dual protector system

Selected Held jackets provide the option to integrate a dedicated back protector instead of the standard CE item or special foam pad supplied with the garment. Zipped openings in the lining allow a full-length back protector (which will have the advantage of shoulder and coccyx protection) of your choosing to be inserted and the protector's waistband to be used to secure it.

Dynatec

Highly durable, extremely abrasion resistant textile from schoeller. Outperforms conventional Cordura and is easy to care for.

Fibreglass

Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP) material often used in the manufacture of helmets. Several layers of fibre sheet are laminated by hand and 'baked' in a metal mould to create a shell that offers better impact absorption and a longer serviceable lifespan than ABS. It is generally fine to apply decals or apply paint to a GRP shell, but be sure to check with the manufacturer's instructions.

Heros-Tec

Polyester fabric with linear macromodules used in various applications. Heros-Tec offers good elasticity and shape retaining 'memory', along with low moisture absorption and high tear resistance. See Climate membrane entry for more detail.

HIPORA

Polyurethane or polyester based material designed to create a protective barrier against the elements, while allowing moisture to escape from within. Seams are welded with a special heat sealed tape to ensure no water can penetrate from the outside. Special materials and tightly regulated manufacturing guidelines make climate membranes extremely durable and flexible.

HUMAX

Polyurethane or polyester based material designed to create a protective barrier against the elements, while allowing moisture to escape from within. Seams are welded with a special heat sealed tape to ensure no water can penetrate from the outside. Special materials and tightly regulated manufacturing guidelines make climate membranes extremely durable and flexible.

Kevlar

DuPont brand name for aramid fibre which combines high strength with light weight to help dramatically improve the performance of motorcycling garments. Stiffness, impact tolerance and thermal tolerance under abrasion make Kevlar weave materials ideal for providing additional protection at 'crash zones', such as palms of hands, shoulders, elbows, knees and seat.

Kevlar Keramic

Ultra-tough Kevlar material treated with a ceramic polyermatrix coating to provide the highest standard of abrasion, tear, cut heat resistance on areas of garments which need it the most.

Leather

The traditional 'go-to' material for motorcyclists. While often not as practical or adaptable as textiles, leather still leads the way in abrasion resistance and, with the right care, is extremely durable. Leather garments should be fitted as tight as possible in order to firmly hold protectors in place. With wear, leather garments 'break in' and mould to the body.

Pittards leather

The hairsheep is a cross between a sheep and a goat only found in the mountains of some African countries. Its hide is soft and comfortable, like goatskin, but it has a more dense - and therefore hardwearing - structure which is ideal for glove making. Pittards are the leading producer of high-grade hairsheep leather.

Moisture will cause normal leather to go hard, crack and shrink, Pittards leather The accompanying image shows two gloves which have been soaked in chemical sweat for 24 hours. The Pittards WR100 hairsheep hide glove is still very soft when compared to the cowhide glove of the same thickness. Plus it is also up to 30% more resistant to tearing and abrasion.

Polartec Powerdry

Material made of 96% polyester and 4% silver ion (X-Static) metal fibres, which has an antistatic effect to wick sweat away from the body and help control odour.

Polyamide

Synthetic fibre which absorbs very little moisture and is extremely abrasion and tear resistant, which makes it ideal in applications where weather protection and durability are the main concerns.

Primaloft

Innovative high-tech fibre made from finest polyester threads which are woven to form an ultra-light felt. This felt insulates to a similar level as feather down, with the additional advantage that it does not absorb sweat. It is unrivalled for comfort, dry feel, and warmth.

SaS-Tec

Market leading protector brand. CE-approved, soft and comfortable with extraordinary dampening values. Unlike most protectors, SaS-Tec items are not developed to deal solely with heavy impacts. As well as offering excellent protection in these kind of accidents, SaS-Tec protectors ensure that, even in the case of a low kinetic energy impact, the damaging forces are still effectively damped.

Scotchlite

Advanced fabric from the innovators at 3M which incorporates microscopic glass beads that reflect an astonishing amount of white light, increasing visibility and therefore passive safety. At night, riders wearing garments with Scotchlite are visible from six times further away (up to 180 metres) than those who are not.

Teflon

Non-stick molecular treatment permanently applied to textile thread, which repels water and enables dirt to be easily washed off.

NanoSphere

NanoSphere is a protective treatment from schoeller which simply shrugs off dirt and water. Garments which use NanoSphere technology stay cleaner and function better, even after repeated washing.

Nylon

Tear resistant and durable fibre, spun from endless Polyamide fibres, which is often treated for water resistance and specially impregnated to shed dirt. Nylon forms the basis of most textile garments. It's lightweight and strong construction makes it ideally suited for rainwear.