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Published on October 22nd, 2014 | By: Jessica McMathis

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Printed ceramics meet carbon fibers in the truest of wearable tech

Published on October 22nd, 2014 | By: Jessica McMathis

 

[Image above] SCOTT Sports’ ceramic-printed, carbon-fiber bikewear is designed to keep cyclists’ skin safe from road rash and other not-so-nice abrasions. Credit: SCOTT Sports

 

 

I don’t always feel like an adult, and that’s okay. I mean, I don’t have a mortgage (soon), a child (well, if you don’t count fur kids), or an IRA (yet), and that, too, is okay.

 

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Not me (and not my bike). Credit: SCOTT Sports

But nothing makes me feel more like a kid than hopping on the back of my bike.

 

After months of searching and tush testing, I recently found the perfect bike for me—a comfort bike (hybrid between a cruiser and mountain) with hot pink accents and an extremely loud bell, though, I’ll admit, the bell really is more a matter of form over function.

 

Though my bike, my bell, nor my speed won’t earn me any trophies anytime soon, the right clothing could.

 

Enter SCOTT Sports’ ceramic-printed, carbon-fiber bikewear, gear to keep my arms and legs safe from road rash that’s also—added bonus—quite stylish.

 

A collaborative effort with Schoeller Textiles, their ITD ProTec material consists of carbon fibers that, according to SCOTT, “provide a significantly higher abrasion resistance than regular fabrics,” (i.e. nylon).

 

 

But carbon fibers can’t do the job alone.

 

SCOTT prints ceramic dots on top of the woven fibers, tried and true ultra-strong materials that help their RC ProTec jersey or bibshorts achieve “high robustness and durability” when skin meets pavement, or vice versa.

 

The material also has an “antibacterial effect,” which would lead me to believe that if it should somehow fail, at least my road-ravaged skin would be protected from infection.

 

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Credit: SCOTT Sports

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Credit: SCOTT Sports

 

You can’t yet buy the cycling top and shorts, which, according to a Gizmag report, are expected to be released in late 2015 and priced at $180 and $210, respectively.

 

You can, however, see for yourself how the ceramic-printed material stands up to a high-speed belt sander—similar to what happens when your flesh meets the road below—and be thankful it’s not your skin. (Ouch.)

Credit: SCOTT Sports; YouTube


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2 Responses to Printed ceramics meet carbon fibers in the truest of wearable tech

  1. pwray@ceramics.org says:

    Jessica – good story. Protection against road rash injuries has been a big goal for decades. Kevlar was a hot material for a while but didn’t seem to pan out in the long run. I suspect the antibacterial component has more to do with the fact that these clothes can get pretty “ripe” after wearing them 4-6 hours. Saddle sores are another big concern. See if they will send you samples – Eileen knows I will be glad to test them!

    • Jessica McMathis says:

      Peter: I suspect you are correct about the antibacterial component, but I’ve never made it that far to confirm :) Thanks for the comment and thanks for reading. I’ll see what I can do on the samples! – Jessica

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