Ultra-light, ultra-strong skiwear
Fusing form and function the Dyneema Composite Fabrics by Royal DSM NV, Heerlen/Netherlands, are used by Moncler SpA, Milan/Italy, for high-performance skiwear. The ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fiber Dyneema is 15 times stronger than steel yet light enough to float on water.
In fabric form, Dyneema is available in composites, denim, knits, woven materials and hybrids for composite reinforcements. These fabrics provide high strength, low weight, waterproof and breathable properties – allowing designers to fuse the technical performance of ultra-light products with aesthetic design. Moncler identified the Dyneema fabric as an innovative fabric with good performance, incorporating the material into the new collection as a departure from the conventional use of cotton and polyester. In May 2020 the first bio-based UHMWPE fiber was introduced. Bio-based Dyneema boasts the same performance as conventional Dyneema with a carbon footprint that is 90% lower than generic HMPE. DSM and Moncler’s continued partnership will not only provide high performance, lightweight garments for outdoor use, but also environmentally sustainable alternatives that contribute to a more circular economy.