New Craft Skin Suit makes debut in Olympic Speed Skating

02-Mar-10
A new and innovative CRAFT one layer skin suit has been introduced with Dyneema®. It is lighter and more comfortable due to intrinsic cooling properties than comparable alternatives, whilst offering for the first time, full body protection. The new skin suit is the clever combination of Dyneema®, the world's strongest fiber™, with other materials to create a new skin suit with full body protection in a single layer. Previously, Olympic athletes wore two layer skin suits – an under layer for protection purposes and a surface layer for aesthetic appearance. Johan Neperus, General Manager of CRAFT Benelux comments, “Thanks to the use of Dyneema®, the technical performance of the suits, in terms of keeping the athlete cool and allowing body heat to escape more effectively is ensured. In addition, the suits provide full body protection which exceed today’s requirements as set by the International Skating Union.” Bert van der Tuuk, CEO of SportConfex B.V explains, “The traditional combination of a protective under layer with a nylon suit on top meant that the overall outfit was too heavy and fairly uncomfortable. Hence, we developed a new solution, involving a double-face single layer construction combining Dyneema® and nylon. We are very excited about this new product and foresee many more opportunities for its use in other sports.” The material behind the new short-track skin suits is a development of DSM and Fuchshuber Techno-Tex, a specialist producer of high-technology protective fabrics using Dyneema®. CRAFT in close cooperation with SportConfex and Royal Dutch Skating Association (KNSB) designed the revolutionary single layer full body protection skin suit.
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