The search for UNBREAKABLE is an all-consuming affair. From the day we founded SA1NT we have relentlessly chased down every opportunity to create fabrics that look, feel and sit just like the fashion materials you know and love, but that integrate space-age fibres which deliver unparalleled single-layer protection.
The process is a journey, not a destination. Our mission to evolve our technology and protect you in your pursuits – from the everyday to the extreme – has no limits.
From our very first projects utilising aramid fibres to achieving the world’s first single-layer CE-rated denim with Dyneema® yarn, we have always strived to create fabrics that are tougher, more comfortable and better value for money.
To extend our research and development capabilities, we collaborate with mills and laboratories worldwide and, when it comes to UNBREAKABLE denim, we’re proud to have achieved numerous world firsts and taken industry benchmarks to new heights. Our Dyneema®–infused motorcycle jeans were the first single-layer denim jeans to receive a certified CE rating and after more than 18 months in development, our workwear denim has been awarded a patent for innovation.
We continue to challenge ourselves and our textile partners to evolve our spinning, weaving and construction techniques to keep you safe, protected and comfortable every day. We search the world for the latest yarn evolutions to offer you, our epic SA1NT tribe, an ever-improving layer of protection and confidence.
We live to armour and celebrate the risk-takers.
What is Dyneema® and why do we use it over Kevlar®?
This is the question we’re most often asked by our customers. From SA1NT’s inception, our aim has been to design the strongest single-layer denim on the planet. When we set out on this journey our starting point was Kevlar®, and we made some great single-layer fabrics using Kevlar® as a base. Our initial goal was to develop a fabric that would exceed the CE-13595 Protective Motorcycle Apparel Standards in place at the time, however this proved a real challenge using Kevlar®.
To achieve our goal meant going deeper, and it was during this research phase that we discovered the world’s strongest fibre: Dyneema®. Dyneema® is a trademarked brand name of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE)— a high-density material that can be spun like cotton and feels great to wear. Dyneema® gave us the strength and abrasion resistance we required while allowing our jeans to look and feel like regular denim.
Research and development are our DNA and we know what can be achieved with our Dyneema® foundation. When it comes to protective fabric technology, we’re just getting started.
Dyneema was the key to unlocking our vision of an AA-rated PrEN 17092-1:2017 single-layer fabric for abrasion resistance. Instead of placing bulky layers and liners into our jeans, we wove Dyneema® fibres into the warp and weft of our denim to create a completely single-layer protective fabric that looks and feels just like regular denim.
Our unrelenting drive for innovation meant we weren’t done yet. Dyneema fibres are incredibly strong but don’t stretch and we wanted a jean that was comfortable to wear day in, day out. We pushed the development of our fabric even further, evolving the way we weave our denim to allow it to move and stretch like a second skin.
Our motorcycle jeans are just as light as your everyday pair, but our denim passes the stringent new EN 17092-3:2020 “AA” for clause 4.3 - abrasion resistance
Continued development of our Dyneema® denim next gave us the opportunity to improve the safety and durability standards of workwear apparel. By evolving the way Dyneema® is spun with our denim, we were able to develop a fabric that offers SIX TIMES the abrasion resistance of standard denim, TWICE the cut resistance and THREE TIMES the tensile strength, all while retaining the stretch and comfort of regular denim. Our efforts were rewarded with our workwear denim being awarded a patent for innovation. This is one of our proudest innovations, keeping thousands of customers safe at work and at play.
Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene
+ IT’S THE WORLD’S STRONGEST FIBRE + IT’S USED IN APACHE HELICOPTER ARMOUR PLATING + IT’S 15 TIMES STRONGER THAN STEEL + IT MOORS SPACE SHUTTLES TO SPACE STATIONS + IT’S SA1NT’S SECRET SAUCE + IT FLOATS ON WATER
WORLD-FIRST SINGLE LAYER DENIM
At SA1NT, we create all-day wearable motorcycle apparel that not only features world-first abrasion protection, but looks as good on the bike as it does off it.
SA1NT denim is tested using the Darmstadt method to simulate a rider sliding along a road surface. The Darmstadt method involves sliding fabric samples across a concrete surface from an initial set speed until standstill and fabrics can only achieve a pass if there are no holes with an opening of 5mm or more on each fabric sample taken from garment.
Seam strength is another important factor in ensuring protective garments keep you safe – there’s no point having the world’s toughest denim if it all falls apart at the seams! SA1NT denim seams are tested using a tensile testing machine which pulls the seam apart and measures the force required for a break to occur.
This same test is used for the fabric itself with samples of the fabric essentially being pulled apart until failure. Tests are conducted along both the warp and weft of the fabric to ensure strength is retained in all directions.
For motorcycle garments to meet the new European EN17092 Class A, AA, AAA safety standards, impact protection armour must be present within the garment and must be positioned to cover the appropriate body part relevant to the impact protector. For motorcycle jeans, this includes armour to protect the knees and hips.
UNBREAKABLE DENIM STRENGTH TESTS
When it comes to testing the strength of our denim, not only do we use the rigorous testing facilities that measure CE standards, we also like to do a bit of testing of our own.