A fir cone reacts swiftly to changes in the weather. It opens when it’s warm and closes when the temperature drops or it starts to rain. That’s precisely what our new functional membrane c_change™, developed by Schoeller®, does.
When the weather is warm and moisture levels inside the clothing rise, the polymers in the membrane open, allowing moisture and heat to escape. From the outside, the clothing is still windproof and waterproof. When your level of activity drops, reducing the amount of heat and moisture produced, the membrane closes again. Heat is thus retained next to the body.
|The technology used in this material has only recently been developed, and offers perfect breathabilty in combination with adaptability. It also works brilliantly with stretch materials. We are proud to be able to introduce c_change™ for our jackets and pants.|
The leaves of most plants always remain clean – particles of dirt simply cannot adhere or are easily washed off – thanks to the leaves’ surface structure. This provided some of the inspiration when developing NanoSphere®. With the aid of innovative nanotechnology, nature’s own technology has now been transferred to the surfaces of textiles.
Nanotechnology involves studying and changing various surfaces at atomic level in order to produce specific properties and functions – a nanometre (nm) is a millionth of a millimetre. Here, the surface of the textile has been treated so that it mimics the irregular surface of the plant’s leaves.
This means that drops of water and dirt particles, which are significantly larger by comparison to the surface structure, are unable to make sufficient contact with the material and so ‘run off’. This keeps clothes much cleaner and drier.
|NanoSphere® is a registered trademark of Schoeller Technologies AG, Switzerland (patent protected technology).|
Outlast® is a high-tech material that evens out differences in temperature. Cold gets warm and warm gets cool.
This material was originally developed to protect astronauts from extreme variations in temperature. Today, it features in numerous applications that make our everyday lives more comfortable.
Outlast® has the ability to regulate the temperature of the air next to the body for a comfortable ride whatever the weather conditions. It sounds like magic but there is a scientific explanation. In simple terms, the material is made up of millions of microscopic paraffin capsules that absorb, store and distribute heat to cooler areas. When the clothes are warm and the temperature drops and gets cool, the stored heat ensures that the fabric stays warm, and vice versa. Differences in temperature are evened out and you stay comfortable for a more enjoyable ride.
Find out more at www.outlast.com.
Dryway® / Dryway+®
This technology has completely changed outdoor life, especially motorcycle riding. Smart ‘breathable materials’ used in everyday situations have helped make life that little bit easier. These materials create a considerably nicer climate for your body.
Jofama have chosen to use Dryway® and Dryway+® in many of the items in their range. These are functional membranes developed with our help to make sure that they can withstand the rigours associated with riding a motorcycle. Speed and wind make particularly high demands of clothing in terms of its ability to withstand wind and rain.
Dryway® and Dryway+® essentially share the same properties, but Dryway+® is more flexible and therefore also functions better under extreme loads. This is particularly important in areas such as the knees and seat. The technology behind Dryway®, Dryway+® and the various other types of functional membrane focuses on differences in temperature and moisture on the inside and outside of the membrane.
Heat on the inside is released as moisture, but moisture on the outside is prevented from penetrating the fabric. In some situations when it is warmer on the outside, the opposite may happen and moisture will be able to penetrate the membrane. This can happen, for instance, if you use heated grips or have a bike with a heated seat.
Some Care Advice
If you are dreaming of a lifelong friendship with your garments, care is important. This is how you should care for your garments:
1) Hang up damp garments to air
Let them dry slowly at room temperature. Leather garments should not be dried at high temperatures, such as airing cupboards or on radiators.
2) Condition leather garments
Leather garments must not be allowed to dry out as dry fibres could break under extreme stress, such as in an accident. Condition them regularly to ensure that the fibres retain their natural elasticity. Clean the leather with a mild soapy solution, if necessary using a leather soap - and your leather garments will last for many years.
3) Wash textile garments
Over time the outer shell of waterproof motorcycle garments will lose the ability to repel water due to dirt from the road, salt and the effects of the weather. Follow the washing instructions accompanying your clothes and always remove the protectors before washing. Use a pure soap of the type that can be purchased from any good outdoor shop or motorcycle store specifically designed for technical clothing. No softener should be added to the wash as this could damage the membrane.
You should waterproof your outer garments after approximately every third wash. Use a waterproofing compound designed for use with functional garments with a membrane. Many re-water-proofing products can be added directly in the washing machine.
4) Avoid exhaust pipes
Polyester and polyamide (nylon) used in textile garments melt at 240-260 Celcius. Therefore, avoid extreme heat to prevent damage to your clothes.