Material lexicon

PA
See: Polyamide
PCM
Phase Change Materials (PCM) in the microcapsules are designed for a particular temperature range. If the body or ambient temperature rises, they store the excess heat. When the temperature falls again, they release the stored heat.
See: Outlast
PES
See: Polyester
Pinlock
The Pinlock system offers optimal protection against annoying fogging of the visor. An anti-fog Pinlock inner lens is attached by means of two small pins to the prepared Pinlock outer visor. The airtight space between lens and visor ensures clear vision and therefore significantly enhances road safety. The Pinlock system can be fitted to many helmets made by Shoei, Schuberth, Nolan and Lazer.
Pinlock MaxVision
This system offers an anti-fog solution fully integrated into the visor. The Pinlock 100% MaxVision is recessed into the helmet visor to provide fog-free vision over the entire field of view. This means that no "false light" effects are possible.
Pittards leather
The manufacturer Pittard supplies a specially processed leather that is particularly resistant to water and sweat. After drying, it remains soft and pleasant to the touch, and it does not shrink. Pittard's special leather is also more resistant to abrasion than cowhide.
See: Leather
Polartec
The velour structure of high-quality, 100% polyester yarns forms air pockets, and therefore stores body heat. The durable material offers an outstanding warmth-to-weight ratio, is extremely breathable, dries quickly and can be machine-washed. The material does not "pill" (i.e. no formation of unattractive balls of fluff), and retains its thermally insulating effect even after many washes.
Polartec, the inventor of fleece, continually develops innovative materials which function even in the most extreme conditions.
To date, Polartec has developed a range over 400 different functional materials - from Next-to-Skin fabrics to heat insulation and weather proofing - and owns well over 100 patents.
Polavision
uvex POLAVISION lenses attenuate and filter diffuse light, eliminating annoying reflections. Uvex POLAVISION turns glaring reflections into comfortable, balanced light. The eye is no longer stressed, but is effectively protected. The result is freedom from dazzle, with natural colours and contrast.
Polyamide
Also known as PA, these synthetic fibres are made from macromolecules. Depending on the processing, very different textiles can be obtained from them. Polyamide is used to make lining materials, swimwear, and strong, abrasion-resistant and weatherproof materials for outdoor and sports clothing, Cordura and also highly abrasion-resistant and heat-resistant Kevlar fabrics. The outstanding basic properties are resistance to creasing tearing and scuffing, and also resistance to bacteria and many chemicals.
See: Kevlar
Polycarbonate
See: Thermoplastic granulates
Polyester
Polyester is a synthetic fibre made of linear macromolecules, and is used to make a wide range of end products. Its basic properties are elasticity, low moisture absorption, high bulking elasticity, resistance to tearing, and dimensional stability. Polyester is therefore widely used as a filling material for padding and linings, but also as a component in fibre blends.
Polyolefins
Plastics with a wide range of applications, which are also used in the manufacture of textile fibres. According to how it is processed, this material can be given very different properties: soft, tough, weather-resistant or hard-wearing.
Polypropylene
Also known as PP, almost as tear-resistant as polyamide, but more elastic. Due to its low moisture absorption, it is widely used in clothing production, for base layers (underwear) and for linings. Polypropylene wicks sweat away from the skin, but itself remains dry, so ensuring a comfortable body climate. It is very suitable for sporting activity of all kinds at high temperatures, and also for physical work involving high perspiration.
See: Polyamide
Polyvinyl chloride
(PVC) inexpensive, completely waterproof material, used especially for rainwear. Consistency similar to rubber, not breathable. Also highly suitable as a coating, e.g. to make fabric suitcases more rugged.
See: PVC
Porelle
See: Climate membranes
Primaloft
Primaloft insulation products offer superior performance for high-quality cold-weather clothing. Primaloft is lightweight, breathable and has outstanding water repellency, so you stay dry, warm and comfortable even in the most extreme weather conditions.
Professional Line Engimatix
Base layer from Medina with Thermo-Bi system: an inner layer of microfibres and functional polyester fibres wicks moisture into the outer angora blend weave, keeping the skin dry. The outer layer provides controlled release of moisture to the outside. Because climate membranes in the outer clothing can only transport a certain quantity of water vapour, a valuable synergy effect occurs. The 10% of angora wool in the base layer keeps you comfortably warm. Easily machine-washable.
PTFE
Abbreviation for the compound polytetrafluoroethylene (Teflon), the base material for Gore-Tex, for example.
See: Teflon coating, Gore-Tex
PU coating
Polyurethane coating on the rear of a woven fabric, soft and comfortable, breathable and waterproof.
See: Impregnators
Push-in buckle/pushbutton buckle
Refers to a buckle (e.g. on helmets) similar to the buckle of a car safety belt. One or both ends of the strap are pulled through openings in the two parts of the buckle in order to adjust the length. Once adjusted, the length of the strap is maintained when the buckle is opened. Quick and easy to operate, but more fiddly to adjust, and considerably bulkier than, for instance, a double D-ring buckle
See: Double 'D' ring buckle
Pushbutton buckle
See: Push-in buckle/pushbutton buckle
PVC
(Polyvinyl chloride) inexpensive, completely waterproof material, used especially for rainwear. Consistency similar to rubber, not breathable. Also highly suitable as a coating, e.g. to make fabric suitcases more rugged.
See: Polyvinyl chloride