Shimano has earned a no-compromise reputation when it comes to always using the best materials. This is just as true for our cycling wear as it is for our components. We pay special attention to every one of our products and choose only the best materials to deliver unrivalled performance and comfort.
Prevents water from entering and
allows moisture vapor to escape
Dryfender is waterproof and breathable, offering control of both external and internal sources of moisture. It is an advanced material designed to keep you comfortable under a variety of outdoor conditions.
Dryfender boasts two essential properties that help to maximize the comfort of your cycling experience. First, it's waterproof, so it can prevent rain and splashes from permeating the fabric. And second, it's breathable, so that moisture from perspiration can be effectively released. Dryfender was developed through stringent testing in realistic wet-weather conditions. It lets you ride in the rain without the discomfort of accumulated sweat. So if you want to stay dry and comfortable when the weather turns bad, wear Dryfender.
Shimano has analyzed every weather condition to find the balance of waterproofness and breathability that delivers optimal rider comfort.
ACCU3D apparel adopts sophisticated new wind resistant fabrics with excellent ventilation to reduce moisture retention. The rapid ventilation of sweat reduces wind induced evaporation, preventing excessive cooling from perspiration.
*Compared with our existing products
The skin-contacting surface of this fabric is imprinted with a metallic pattern that works to reflect infrared radiation released by the body. That radiation in turn warms up the layer of air between the fabric and the skin, thereby helping to keep the temperature inside clothing warm and comfortable.
A long-lasting special coating repels water from the surface of the garment, keeping you dry in light showers.
PORON XRD is a high-performance impact-absorbing material that can be fabricated for use in a variety of applications. Absorbing over 90% of energy from impacts at high strain rates, it offers excellent compression-set resistance. Incorporated into sporting apparel, it provides wearable protection against injuries caused by impacts. Breathable, lightweight, and soft, PORON XRD follows the body’s contours to support ease of movement and a wide range of motion.
Manufactured by Invista, Tactel is a fiber renowned throughout the textile industry for its wide-ranging benefits. This technical fiber is used to create soft, breathable, and lightweight garments. Strict testing has demonstrated that Tactel fiber is twice as soft and 20 percent lighter than standard fibers, and that it dries eight times faster than cotton. Tactel fiber can be used to produce fabrics that are three times as strong as those made with natural fibers.
HIPORA has solved the biggest problem inherent in the conventional waterproof film. HIPORA has the secret in the unique polyurethane coating technology. That is, Numerous number of micro pores (abt. 9 billions/1 inch2) of the minimal size (ø0.1 - 3μ) are placed all over the polyurethane coated film. They shut out water from the outside but allow moisture - warm steam from the body to escape. When the body perspires from strenuous work on exercise the perspiration can easily escape leaving the wears feeling comfortable.
3M™ Thinsulate™ Insulation is used in your jackets‚ pants‚ gloves‚ hats and boots to help keep you warm when it’s cold outside. The unique microfibers or fine fibers that make up Thinsulate insulation work by trapping air molecules between you and the outside. The more air a material traps in a given space‚ the better it insulates you from the cold outside air. Because the fibers in Thinsulate insulation are finer than the fibers used in most other synthetic or natural insulation‚ they trap more air in less space‚ which naturally makes Thinsulate insulation a better insulator. So we haven’t repealed the laws of nature with our thin insulation; we’ve simply improved them… to help keep you warm.
WINDSTOPPER® accessories keep you comfortable, warm and protected across a wide range of weather conditions and activities. You can focus on your experience without feeling cold, damp or overheated.
Protects your body’s warmth from the chilling effects of wind and other weather conditions
Prevents overheating and perspiration build-up by allowing moisture vapor to easily escape
Vuelta is a technical two-way stretch fabric that has been teaseled - that is, the fabric has been brushed to raise a nap - to produce a pleasant hand-feel. The teaseling process creates a protective cushion that transforms Vuelta into a superb thermal insulator for the body. This, along with its high breathability, makes it suitable for athletic garments used in aerobically demanding sports, where rapid sweat evaporation and freedom of movement are essential. This material is also LYCRA® Sport-certified, attesting to its elongation, fit, and recovery power. Vuelta is a performance fabric, designed to support athletes and active sportspeople. Thanks to its exceptional resistance to pilling and abrasion, Vuelta promises a long service life.
Only dry gloves keep hands warm and only with warm hands are you really able to enjoy winter sports. The perfect solution: GORE-TEX® Gloves. They are durably waterproof and breathable. Water stays on the outside, while moisture in the form of perspiration can always escape from the inside. The result: your hands stay warm when it’s cold and dry when you perspire.
Special features of GORE-TEX® Gloves:
The reason for cold hands is almost always moisture trapped in the insulation of your gloves; moisture from the outside because the gloves are not waterproof, or moisture from the inside because the gloves don’t breathe and perspiration gets trapped in them. The solution is GORE-TEX® Gloves. GORE-TEX® Gloves are not only durably waterproof, they are also highly breathable. Water stays on the outside, while moisture in the form of sweat can always escape from the inside. The result: Your hands stay warm when it’s cold and dry when your perspire.