DYNEEMA® - Unparalleled Featherweight™ Strength

The Taiwan-Release-Only Limited Edition SC14 Dyneema® Backpack



Rome wasn't built in a day, 
Likewise the strongest fabric on earth.

We all know that dyneema fabric is often dubbed as the most amazing material ever created by mankind, being stronger than steel, as light as a feather and more versatile than nylon. If there ever was a wonder fabric, it would be the Dyneema.
What you may not know is that, like many great inventions we have in this technology-filled modern day, the Dyneema fabric was not purposely developed, but rather, accidentally discovered by chemist Dr. Albert Pennings way back in 1968 when he was researching into polyethylene (plastic) and by chance created a fabric he was unable to pull apart. When he reported this to his superiors in Dutch DSM (originally entrenched in the coal mining and fertilizer business), he was snubbed with the most disinterest.  

Luckily, Dr. Pennings held on to his surprise baby, for 20 years, to be exact, continuing studying and experimenting with the material with great effort. In 1988, Dutch DSM finally decided to give his creation a chance, and the first ever commercial-ready Dyneema textile was available to the market. Even till this day, the wonder fabric is continued to be studied and experimented, so it is no wonder that with an R&D history spanning over half a century, the legendary Dyneema takes the crown for being the strongest fabric human beings have ever created.


What exactly is Dyneema?

It’s easy to feel puzzled looking at the praising claims of Dyneema  strongest? lightest? most versatile? Worry not, when we got our hands on our first piece of Dyneema fabric, we felt the same way (and we've got a lot of fabric on our hands, trust me.) If you think about it, Dyneema is not a thing of fiction, it is the product of real hard science. And that means the claims of it being stronger than steel while still remaining flexible as cloth are backed up with data. But, if the stuff isn’t magic, then what, exactly, is it?

The answer is Ultra High Molecular weight Polyethylene (UHMwPE) – this is the technical term for what is commonly known as Dyneema. Unfortunately, as descriptive as it might seem, the terminology does little to actually expound upon of what the material is made from. 

Dyneema is a thermoplastic polyethylene, meaning that, while it actually falls under the umbrella of plastic, it is pliable and moldable above a certain temperature and solidifies upon cooling – much in the same way that metals do. It differs from metal, yet does not necessarily become rigid and brittle after cooling down. Rather, it retains a measure of pliability, similar to common textiles. That particular combination of factors means that, while the material is extremely flexible, it’s also incredibly strong – with some claims putting it at around 15 times stronger than steel of a similar thickness.

It also has other chemical properties that put it head and shoulders above other competing materials. For instance, Dyneema is resistant to many corrosive chemicals, is extremely resistant to abrasion, and has an exceedingly low rate of moisture absorption – putting it squarely in the realm of waterproof fabric.While the material is extremely flexible, it’s also incredibly strong. And while things like nylon share many of those same characteristics, Dyneema performs better in all categories across the board.

Dyneema is also formed from fibers, at its basest physically-observable level. For reference, a fiber is defined as “a thread or filament from which a vegetable tissue, mineral substance, or textile is formed. These fibers are what allow the material to be turned into strands and, then, woven together to create fabrics – which can be made entirely from Dyneema or intertwined with other types of fabrics to imbue the new material with a lot of the properties that make Dyneema so special. Combination fabrics, like that used in denim jeans that use Dyneema in their construction are not going to be as strong as Dyneema alone, but they do greatly benefit from the addition.

Learn more about the fabric's applications on DSM's official website here.

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