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Material Technology

At Rooster® we pride ourselves on using the best materials suited for our products, whilst considering our impact on the environment through every decision. 
Below you can look closer into our materials and technology for our main product ranges:

Top Layers

Aquafleece ®

Where it all began!
The Rooster Aquafleece® is one of our best sellers, and a product we are proud to be the originators of. Decades on, we still believe in the fabric and products as much as we did from day 1, and we are constantly trying to find more ways to use this fabric across our range, because we love it so much!
The fabric is PU (polyurethane) coated fleece that is fully waterproof, durable and flexible, whilst the brushed fleece inner surface makes it super comfortable. We produce our Aquafleece® fabric in 2 different weights (over several colours):
1. ‘Pro’ - heavier weight for added warmth in cold conditions. We always tape the seams on our ‘Pro’ Aquafleece® products to ensure complete waterproof protection.
2. ‘Classic’ - a slightly lighter weight Aquafleece® fabric. We use this on our classic and pro lite Aquafleece® products, and leave the seams untaped for increased breathability and lower weight for warmer conditions.

 

 

PASSAGE 3L

Our Passage collection derives its name from the purpose of the product; suitable for any passage you may undertake, no matter how big or small! It uses a 3 layer construction, laminating Nylon Taslon with a TPU membrane and 20D Polyester Tricot to create 1 combined fabric. There is also a durable water repellent (DWR) treatment applied to the fabric to improve its performance further. The TPU membrane acts as a barrier to ensure that the fabric is highly waterproof, whilst the outer surface provides durability and protection to the membrane and the inner layer acts as a moisture wicking surface to take moisture away from the skin.

We use the highest quality Hipster Tapes to laminate over all the seams to ensure that no water will penetrate through.

We combine the 3L fabric with Cordura on some panels of the Passage range to enhance the technical performance of our products.
See below for more details:

 

 

 

2.5L LIGHTWEIGHT SPRAYTOP FABRIC

Similar to our 3L Passage fabric, the 2.5L lightweight fabric is constructed in a similar way, where the layers are bonded together to form one single skin. The fabric is a matrix comprising of a waterproof barrier layer at the outer surface, PU mid layer, and a Moisture-wicking, durable inside print. This inside print is known as the 1/2 layer, hence the fabric name 2.5 Layer.

The inside print (or 1/2 layer) works cleverly to separate the PU mid layer from your body, allowing ventilation which draws moisture away to keep you feeling dry, whilst also protecting the PU layer from any unnecessary dirt.

 

 

Our Neoprene

4mm Supertherm® 

Our warmest collection using mainly 4mm superstretch neoprene in combination with some thinner neoprene on specific panels where more stretch or movement is required. We combine the superstretch neoprene with several different linings and outer surface fabrics to give the best performance in our products. Our Supertherm® products all use Glued Blind Stitching (GBS) to increase warmth and minimise water coming through the seams.

New for 2020, we have started to move over to more eco friendly premium materials and linings, with enhanced warmth and comfort. This is currently only in our unisex range, but the we are working on moving the Women's range in the same direction in the next couple of years. The range benefits from:

 

Water Based Glue

Eliminates harmful volatile organic compounds (VOC) releasing into environment

Limestone Based Neoprene

Natural earth mined limestone is used to form the neoprene replacing traditional petroleum based neoprene, which can also cause less skin irritations. Comes from nature and has less environmental impact.

Ventiprene®

This is a breathable neoprene that we use on the underarm and crotch panels. It works by creating channels to allow body heat and sweat to go through, whilst not compromising warmth.

Anti-Bacterial Treatment

Used in conjunction with the Ventiprene® panels at the underarms and crotch for fresh kit

Dope Dyed Yarn

Saves 60% water and energy consumption

Recycled Polyester

On the black surface fabric, we use polyester made from recycled plastic bottles. 45 plastic bottles are sufficient to make 1 suit - all helping to improve the product lifecycle.

DWR Treatment

Durable water repellent treatment used on arms and front of legs to aid in windchill and promote warmth.

Duratex III

Our most durable abrasion resistant fabric yet, with rubber impregnated into the fibres to give extra protection on the seat and knees.

Heat Boosting Lining

Hexagonal jaquard super wicking quick dry lining traps warmth around your core.

 

 

1.5mm Thermaflex®

Our mid-lightweight neoprene collection ideal for temperatures ranging from 12-20 degrees Celcius. The Thermaflex® range uses 1.5mm superstretch neoprene. We combine the superstretch neoprene with several different linings and outer surface fabrics to give the best performance in our products. All Thermaflex® products use Flatlock stitching for added durability and to assist in breathability. 


Again, same as the Supertherm®, from 2020 we have started to move over to more eco friendly premium materials and linings, with enhanced fit, features, and comfort. This is currently only in our unisex range, but the we are working on moving the Women's range in the same direction in the next couple of years. The range benefits from:
 

 

Limestone Based Neoprene

Natural earth mined limestone is used to form the neoprene replacing traditional petroleum based neoprene, which can also cause less skin irritations. Comes from nature and has less environmental impact.

Ventiprene®

This is a breathable neoprene that we use on the underarm and crotch panels. It works by creating channels to allow body heat and sweat to go through, whilst regulating temperature.

Anti-Bacterial Treatment

Used in conjunction with the Ventiprene® panels at the underarms and crotch for fresh kit

Dope Dyed Yarn

Saves 60% water and energy consumption

Recycled Polyester

On the black surface fabric, we use polyester made from recycled plastic bottles. 45 plastic bottles are sufficient to make 1 suit - all helping to improve the product lifecycle.

DWR Treatment

Durable water repellent treatment used on arms and front of legs to aid in windchill and improve performance.

Duratex III

Our most durable abrasion resistant fabric yet, with rubber impregnated into the fibres to give extra protection on the seat and knees.

 

 

Non-neoprene (mid and base layers)

EXOFLEECETM

Our 100% neoprene free collection ideal for warmer climates of temperatures over 15 degrees Celcius. It can also be used in cooler temperatures by adding a Polypro® base layer for a heat boost. The Exofleece range uses a 1.2mm breathable and durable nylon based fabric with a PU membrane and a soft brushed fleece lining, which creates windproof protection, whilst regulating temperature and wicking away excess moisture from the skin. We have applied a durable water repellent (DWR) treatment to the outer surface to minimise water absorption and reduce wind chill further.  We combine this main fabric with our specially developed lightweight PU foam and Duratex II on the high wearing areas to provide more protection. See details below:

 

 

POLYPROTM

Our signature base layer fabric constructed from a combination of Polypropylene (94%) and Elastane (6%). The inner surface is brushed to give a thick thermal fleece layer against the skin. PolyproTM is naturally hydrophobic, which means it feels dry against the skin even when wet, making it a great base layer fabric.

 

  

PRO RASH

 

Pro rash uses mainly heavy duty Nylon Spandex (420gsm) to provide more compression and support on our technical garments. The fabric has got UV50+ protection, and we often combine it with neoprene/Duratex II panels to make our products perform further.

 

 

RASH

 

Our standard Nylon Spandex fabric used on our rash vests. This fabric has a UV50+ rating to ensure maximum protection from UV rays.

 

 

 

 

Protection / Reinforcement fabrics

M.I.S.R.A (impact protection)

Mouldable Impact Shock Resistant Armour. This is the foam that we use in all of our impact wear, including the Harness, Helmet and Knee Pads, amongst others. It has excellent shock absorption properties and minimal water absorption, allowing us to produce M.I.S.R.A in thin sheets whilst still maintaining its performance.
There are 2 different densities of M.I.S.R.A that we use, one is a bit softer and more cushioning next to the body, whereas the other one is harder and can absorb and higher density making it perfect for absorbing high shock. In some of our products we use a combination of the 2 to give the best all round protection. 

 

DURATEXTM 

Duratex TM is our brand name for the premium quality high wearing protective fabric that we use on the seat and knee parts on most of our suits. On our standard products we laminate the DuratexTM II with a neoprene mid layer and a nylon inner fabric. When used on the seat panel of all our suits, we always combine it with a plush inner fabric so that our Pro Hike pads can be attached on the inside. 


We are also able to use Duratex TM II on our Exofleece range as the fabric itself is neoprene free and we laminate it onto a specially developed neoprene free PU foam along with a plush inner fabric. This synthetic PU foam does not use the accelerants used in neoprene manufacture that trigger allergic reactions making this is a safe alternative.


We have also introduced an enhanced development to our Duratex fabric in our new more eco-friendly Supertherm® and Thermaflex ® suits moving into the 2020 season through the use of DuratexTM III, which has rubber impregnated into the fabric for further protection, durability and grip.