Material lexicon

Kangaroo leather
There are around 48 different species of kangaroo, some of which are protected. However, the population of the "macropus giganteus", or Great Grey Kangaroo, has grown so rapidly that it has become a real pest. The Australian government therefore issues controlled permits which allow this kangaroo to be shot and exported subject to the terms of the Washington Convention on Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). A special dying technique ensures that our kangaroo leather is absolutely colour-fast, while a special tanning process makes it extremely resilient to the effects of water and sweat. When normal leather gets wet, especially from sweat, it becomes hard and brittle, and it also tends to shrink. Kangaroos do not sweat through the skin as a whole, but only under the tail and on the tongue. Their skin surface is therefore sealed, and this also makes a difference to its fibre structure. When cowhide is subjected to intensive stress, its fibre structure loosens slightly, but with kangaroo leather it remains more firmly interlocked.
See: Leather
Keprotec
Very high-quality blended fabric of Cordura and Kevlar for reinforcing impact points. Offers very good protection against heat and friction. A polyurethane coating guarantees resistance to weather. Rough, textured look.
See: Cordura, Kevlar
Kevlar
A very high-quality aramid fabric from Du Pont, but one that is expensive to manufacture, with outstanding protective properties. Does not melt when hot, is very tear- and cut-resistant. Used for reinforcing gloves and safety clothing at points that are particularly at risk in an accident. Since Kevlar is somewhat sensitive to light, it is often used in a blend of materials or as a lining.
See: Cordura, Aramid