Ceramic-studded carbon fiber fabric made to protect cyclists from road rash
Scott's ITD ProTec fabric incorporates strands of carbon fiber and a matrix of ceramic dots
If you frequently ride a bike on asphalt, then it’s entirely possible that sooner or later you’re going to wipe out and end up with some nasty skin abrasions. While such "road rash" can occur just about anywhere on the body, the shoulders and hips are particularly prone to it, as they’re the parts of the body upon which cyclists quite often end up sliding across the road. In order to help protect those areas, Scott Sports has announced a new line of cycling clothing made to protect against road rash ... with a little help from ceramics and carbon fiber.
Known as ITD ProTec, the material was designed in collaboration with Schoeller Textiles. It’s used in the shoulders of Scott’s RC ProTec jersey, and the hips of the RC ProTec bibshorts.
Instead of the usual nylon-based materials, ITD ProTec is woven from individual carbon fibers. Printed onto that fabric is a matrix of hard ceramic dots. This combination, according to Scott, results in "significantly better strength and higher abrasion resistance protecting the rider’s skin from heavy abrasion in case of crashes."
The carbon yarn reportedly has antibacterial qualities, to boot.
The jersey and shorts should be available next year, priced at approximately US$180 and $210 respectively. You can see the material being tested in the video below.
Schoeller, incidentally, is concerned about more than just road rash. The company also recently designed bedsore-reducing sheets, and fabric used in a bulletproof suit.
Source: Scott via The GearCaster
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Very suitable for downhill longboarding I imagine too.
so if fabric dont absorb friction, then your skin will
@iperov - "so if fabric dont absorb friction, then your skin will"
I'm confused by the logic of your statement. Are you saying that if the fabic shreds the road will grind skin next or are you saying that the fabric that doesn't abraid will cause the road to injure the rider? The former is obvious and the latter could cause a burn or lengthen the slide, but not abraid skin.
I've gone down on a motorcycle, thankfully in full gear. The gear didn't shred so saved my hide.
Motorcycle leathers, no?
Elbows, hands and knees are the parts that usually get torn up first. And are coincidentally NOT covered even a little by this.
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