Innovations will range as wide as new thermoplastic insoles for customised footwear to a new highly durable tent fabric. Porcher Sport will also showcase its recycled ultra-light fabric developed for Berg Outdoor and present a prototype of Skytex 21 – its newly developed super lightweight paragliding fabric that weighs only 21gsm and will be available in 2020.
Highly durable tent fabric weighing only 41gsm
Porcher Sport plans to disrupt the backpacking tent market with its newly developed 20 denier tent fabric, weighing only 41 gsm. This fabric is slightly lighter, but significantly stronger and more durable than existing high-quality materials on the market. Through continuous R&D, Porcher Sport has improved the performance of its tent fabric by increasing the tear strength. The material is equipped with a ripstop and is coated on both sides with two layers of silicone creating a reinforced, waterproof fabric that is lightweight, tear-resistant and highly durable. As a result, Porcher Sport guarantees customers will be able to enjoy their tent for a minimum of 10 years. The novel tent fabric will be available in 2020.
Thermoplastic insoles for customised footwear
Porcher Sport will also present its innovative thermoplastic insoles for footwear developed with Sidas. The insole is thermoformable at 80ºC and becomes extremely pliable when immersed in boiling water, in order to form to the shape of the shoe it’s being used in, for a highly customised fit. This means that Porcher Sport’s insoles can be fitted at home by the customer, in contrary to other similar insoles on the market that have to be thermoformed at much higher temperatures. The thin and lightweight product offers advanced comfort and cushioning, and is ideal for hiking, skiing and other rugged outdoor activities.
Sustainable ultra-light fabric for award winning jacket
Berg Outdoor’s GERES Zero Gravity down jacket represents the latest trends for sustainable produce in the outdoor sector since it is made out of second grade waste of ultra-light parachute fabrics and other recycled components. The top layer of the jacket uses Porcher Sport’s recycled ultra-lightweight parachute fabric that has been treated with an in-house formulated PU coating that is both water repellent and designed to resist the harshest of conditions. Grade B sections of parachute material were recycled rather than scrapped and were specifically chosen for their extreme tear resistance and foldable, lightweight attributes. The jacket received a Gold Award for Innovation at the ISPO 2019 show in February 2019.
Super lightweight 21gsm
Porcher Sport, known for its Skytex 27 – the lightest paragliding material in the world weighing just 27gsm – has recently launched Skytex 21, a significantly lighter fabric that has made its first flight at the Red Bull X-Alps. Skytex 21 will be available from 2020 and will make a huge difference in an extreme sport where every gram delivers a very significant advantage.
“What makes Porcher Sport unique is its ability to continuously produce lighter weight fabrics from high-tenacity polyamide 6.6 yarns at our specialised weaving plants in France, in parallel with long experience in advanced coating formulations,” comments Olivier Gros, Global Head of Business Unit Sports and Leisure at Porcher Sport.
“Other manufacturers can achieve similar weights, but they have to use much lighter yarns, so they are not as resistant and durable, and they don’t age very well.”
Visit Porcher Sport at B6, booth 409 at OutDoor by ISPO 2019.