Strategically placed patches built with Kevlar offer increased durability

Strategically placed patches built with Kevlar offer increased durability

Sportswear firm Reebok International is to use DuPont’s Kevlar fibre – more commonly found in ballistic and stab-resistant body armour - in a new high performance workout line.

Launching in June, the Reebok CrossFit collection will incorporate the DuPont advanced material and feature the DuPont "Dare Bigger" trademark.

The line is aimed at athletes pushing the limits of fitness and requiring apparel and footwear that can withstand the rigors of functional movements performed at high intensity.

"Reebok has strategically engineered Kevlar into key abrasion zones within its apparel and footwear so they are durable enough to withstand even the toughest workouts," explains Corinna Werkle, senior vice president, Training at Reebok.

The Reebok CrossFit board shorts, for example, feature patches made with Kevlar fibre. It is also used on the back of shoulders to reinforce and protect in high abrasion areas during movements like back squats, across the top of the collar bone, and the quads.

"The science and engineering behind this advanced material enables athletes to Dare Bigger and push the limits of their sport," adds Marc Doyle, president of DuPont Protection Technologies. "The collaboration is a great fit between our companies and capitalizes on the synergy between our brands, allowing us to innovate and help make strong, light and durable athletic apparel and gear."

The CrossFit functional fitness brand was founded by Greg Glassman and is built on constantly varied, high-intensity functional movements. There are more than 10,000 CrossFit affiliated gyms, special programmes for physical-training professionals and an annual CrossFit Games.