Draggin is the only motorcycle clothing brand to be credited in the ’50 Years Strong’ campaign – a year long celebration of the DuPont™ brand, during which the company listed 50 of the most innovative and successful brands and products to use its Kevlar® fibres. DuPont™ cited the effectiveness and innovative use of the Kevlar® in the Draggin design as one of the reasons Draggin was selected for the top 50 accolade:
“The science behind the jeans is all in the lining…What that means, is that when the rider is sliding, during an off, the knit of the fabric acts to dissipate the heat away from the body. It slows you down so that you don’t get as much friction and thus minimises injury.
“It’s that lining that represents a revolution in fiber technology. With DuPont™ Kevlar® forming its core, the lining is soft, breathable, flexible and non-allergenic.” They also recognised Draggin founder Grant Mackintosh’s devotion to testing his creation:
“There are not many companies that can say the boss literally ‘put his butt’ on the line to prove his product’s safety, but Draggin Jeans can.
“Founder of the iconic motorbike apparel Draggin, Grant Mackintosh tested the limits when he snuck off to the racetrack to literally, be dragged along the asphalt wearing a pair of his jeans, but in doing so he put his money where his mouth was, and proved to the world of motorcycling, that Draggin Jeans were everything he declared them to be.”
Best known for its use in ballistic and stab-resistant body armour, Kevlar® was invented by DuPont after scientist Stephanie Kwolek made her discovery of the first liquid crystal polymer in 1965.
Lightweight, extraordinarily strong and flame resistant, it is used in numerous applications, from fire-fighting and industrial protective clothing, to vehicles, fibre-optic cables and tyres, as well as sporting apparel and equipment. In 2014, Draggin Jeans became the world’s first manufacturer of motorcycle jeans to be officially licensed to use DuPont™ Kevlar® aramid fibres. Each pair of Draggin Jeans features a protective lining, knitted using a combination of DuPont Kevlar® and Dyneema® – the World’s Strongest Fibre™ – and secured with heavy duty triple stitching in key impact areas, to help keep the wearer protected during a slide or fall. Soft, breathable, flexible and non-allergenic, the lining in Draggin Jeans offers superior protection to basic woven or knitted Kevlar® alternatives, surviving EU abrasion testing in key contact areas for 4.4 seconds. This is more than twice the duration of most other denim biker jeans with ‘protective’ aramid linings.
As part of the official partnership, Draggin continues to work directly with DuPont™ to help develop the most effective ways to use aramid fibre in motorcycle jeans – the only manufacturer to do this. See the full Draggin Jeans here.