TenCate Protective Fabrics is helping to safeguard military personnel and law enforcement professionals from the harmful effects of heat, flame and other related risks. Our high-tech fabrics offer several significant advantages. In terms of comfort, with increased air permeability for improved breathability and moisture management. In terms of durability, with increased abrasion resistance for better performance under rugged conditions.

Best protection against body burn injury

TenCate Defender™ M fabrics provide the best available protection against thirddegree body burns, which are injuries that require skin transplants. Moreover, their protective properties are inherent, i.e., ‘built in’. This means they do not wash or wear out. In an instrumented mannequin test*, a mannequin was exposed to 800˚C flames for four seconds of flashover. This test clearly showed that with TenCate Defender™ M fabrics, soldiers can count on optimum FR protection from improvised explosive devices (IEDs), blasts and fuel.

*Mannequin was wearing a jacket and trousers made from the TenCate Defender™ M – DM 9190 fabric and flameresistant underwear; burn injury prediction (ISO 13506:2008).

Safer: remains strong and flexible

Where other combat fabrics become brittle and break open after exposure to heat and flames, TenCate Defender™ M remains supple and shows good strength retention. As a result, the skin of the wearer remains protected in an emergency.

Strongest fabric

When tested against other FR fabrics, the next-generation TenCate Defender™ M fabric clearly comes out as best-in-class. With its superior strength and outstanding resistance to abrasion and fading, the fabric ensures the longer wear life of the garment.

Cooler, drier and more comfortable

TenCate Defender™ M fabrics are the best-performing combat fabrics in terms of breathability, moisture absorption and evaporation, making them the most comfortable. The fabric’s structure means that sweat is pulled to a wide area of the fabric, meaning the fabric will dry quickly. TenCate Defender™ M fabrics show the best air permeability of all fabrics in the same weight class.

Best score on abrasion resistance

The TenCate Defender™ M and other FR fabrics have been extensively tested for abrasion resistance by the Martindale abrasion tester. The next-generation TenCate Defender™ M fabric was tested with a pressure of more than 12kPa, and still clearly outperforms its competitors tested at the lighter pressure of 9kPa. This durability means it is not only able to withstand the toughest challenges, but that it also continues to look good!

Camouflage and finishes

TenCate is one of the few companies worldwide capable of providing any printed camouflage pattern, according to defence ministry specifications.

We have developed several innovative options that add value to our FR fabric solutions and protect wearers from oil, water and chemical splashes, mosquitoes or foul weather. Get in touch with your TenCate contact for technical advice.

TenCate Protective Fabrics is where protection begins