Modular racing gear up for a DAME Award
01 Nov 2017
The kit is being used by the Dongfeng Race Team and team AkzoNobel in its quest to win the Volvo Ocean Race Photo: Konrad Frost
Innovative new modular ocean racing gear which claims to be four times more waterproof than its counterparts has been nominated for a METS DAME Award.
The Zhik Isotak X ocean range is the result of extensive development work with the Dongfeng Race Team and team AkzoNobel, which is donning the gear in its quest to win the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18.
Recent additions to the range include the new Hydrovision hood with a completely clear ‘see through’ visor to protect the face and give good all-round vision.
There is now also an ‘Adaptive’ hood and collar on the Isotak X Ocean Smock and Drysuit, which enables the modular hood-collar unit to be inter-changed with different balaclavas.
To provide rigorous testing to the new kit, Zhik has been working with the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in its quest to develop a better independent standard for waterproof durability in textiles.
Using the new testing methodology Zhik Isotak fabrics have consistently taken 120 minutes to degrade to a similar level as rival products have done in just 30 minutes.