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El Solitario Desert Wolves: howling across the Sahara with Dyneema® (6/13/17)
Custom motorcycle brand El Solitario launches its own motorcycle denim line using world’s
strongest, lightest fibre. Comprised of 62% Dyneema®, these garments were recently tested during a
motorcycle trek across the Sahara – an odyssey covered as an episode, Desert Wolves, in the new
feature-length documentary Oil in the Blood. This episode will have its premiere at this week’s Wheel
& Waves festival in France.
El Solitario – the cheeky but stylish Spanish custom motorcycle company – curated a collaboration
program to develop vehicles, equipment and garments for a trek across Africa’s Saharan Desert.
Partners included brands such as Harley-Davidson, YAMA Mountain Gear, Tudor Watches, Alpha
Industries, Shoei, Kriega and DSM Dyneema.
Dyneema® formed the key ingredient for several of the resulting products. Fifteen times stronger
than steel yet floats on water, Dyneema® fibre has long been used to moor oilrigs, sail ships, stop
bullets and repair human ligaments. As a fabric component, Dyneema® is currently spearheading a
small revolution in the protective sports apparel industry. Besides offering unparalleled protection
and comfort, Dyneema®’s thermal conductivity means that your skin will stay cool and dry in the
sweatiest of conditions.
The El Solitario ES-1 Protective Jeans with 62% Dyneema® (€550) are virtually indestructible. The
denim is capable of passing the CE standard impact abrasion test EN13595 – offering protection for
over 4 second of slide time – while still aging like regular denim. Offering similar protection and a
dark sense of style, the El Solitario Protective Coverall with Dyneema® (€1,100) comes enhanced
with padding in the knees, shoulders and neck.
Dyneema® Composite fabric was also implemented within the Desert Wolves project as the main
component for a tent developed by YAMA Mountain Gear and a bag by Kriega.
The desert adventure was filmed as part of the full-length documentary, Oil in the Blood, which was
produced by the award-winning British film company MoliFilms and directed by Gareth Maxwell
Roberts (Faster, Faster, Kill, Kill). The Desert Wolves section will premier at the Wheels & Waves
festival before the full film is released to theatres later this year.
The Wheels & Waves festival – wildly eclectic and rapidly expanding – brings together a diversity of
influences: motorcycles, art, music and surfing. Taking place in Biarritz, France, this year’s edition
will run 14-18 June 2017.
El Solitario’s Desert Wolves shows it’s possible to ride hard in the toughest terrains in a noble and
stylised way. The project also reflects how the sports and lifestyle industry can use Dyneema®
materials to make comfortable fabrics that are stronger, lighter, smarter and more durable.
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