Naish have launched a game changing kite canopy fabric called the Quad-tex. Quad-tex can already be found in the new Naish Pivot
and Naish Slash 2017
kites, and will be a key feature in all of the new Naish kites
in their fresh 2017 range.
Tried and Tested
Results from independent testing on the new Quad-tex fabric and other leading kite canopy fabrics have revealed some impressive results. The testing includes stretch testing the fabric in every direction and perforation testing to find the strongest canopy fabric on the market. The results – the Quad-tex fabric was revealed to be 30% stronger on average than the other Ripstop fabrics that it was compared to. It also showed the least elongation and stretch, outperforming the other leading canopy materials on the market.
What makes the new Quad-tex fabric so much stronger than other kite canopies on the market?
The reason that Naish’s new kite fabric is so much stronger its their revolutionary approach to the design. The Quad-tex fabric is focusing on a “strength-first” approach, they have worked on balancing the strength-to-weight ratio of a base material made from 4x-reinforced ripstop fabric. Often when more strands are used on the ripstop fabric the squares that they create are made larger. Later, when the fabric is coated with resin this can appear strong at first but once the resin starts to break down after use and exposure to sun and the water, the fabric (with larger squares) can be left without support, causing the fabric to stretch.
What happens to stretched kite canopy?
From the moment you start using your kite the material beings to break down. This is not a fast process and the big kite brands do what they can to prevent this but salty sea water and the blazing sun are a powerful mixture and the resin is the first to suffer. When a kite canopy stretches the fabric weakens, it is then susceptible to ripping.
How does Naish Quad-tex fabric stay strong?
By using the 4 strand reinforced fabric, and keeping the weave square small, Naish have created a kite fabric with a lot more strength and even after a little use there is less chance of a weak patch in the middle of the kite, the 4 strands in the tight weave support the fabric, even when the canopy resin eventually breaks down.
The initial testing on the fabric was done with new samples that have not been exposed to wind and sun causing the breakdown of the canopy resin. 6 months down the line, when the kites have been used, tests show the Naish Qaud-tex fabric is 40-50% or even 60% stronger than the other kites.