By Will Rietveld
New technologies that will drive future gear design are unveiled at nearly every Outdoor Retailer trade show. Gear is continually evolving as new technologies are incorporated in an effort by companies to stay on the cutting edge and be competitive. Following is a look at new technologies, and updates on developing technologies, showcased at the winter 2016 Outdoor Retailer Show.
The Dyneema Project. Last summer I reported that Cubic Tech Corporation was acquired by DSM Dyneema, a large Dutch company. Now we are finding out more about the new owner’s visions for Dyneema, the criss-crossed fiber strands that provide exceptional strength to Cuben Fiber laminates. The first thing to know is that it’s not called Cuben Fiber anymore; the new name is “Dyneema Composite Fabrics”. We need to get used to that, but can we come up with a shorter, easier to remember name? Maybe “Cuben Fiber” won’t go away after all.
The Dyneema Project is a research, development, and applications group within Dyneema that will work with gear manufacturers to develop and tailor Dyneema Composite Fabrics to their specific needs. This approach isn’t unusual, other companies have been using that approach for years, companies like Gore, Boa, and Vibram. The best way to get your technology into applications is to be actively involved in assisting product specific development. The expected result is a wide range of products incorporating Dyneema to make them stronger, more durable, and lighter. For more detailed information on the Dyneema Project, read my recent article on the Gossamer Gear Blog.