Pittards® is the producer of the finest leather on earth
for the active sports enthusiast. Launched in 1980, Pittards WR100
leather was the culmination of many years of exhaustive research. This
research originally began with the development of specialized leathers
for a number of demanding Ministry of Defense and NATO applications, such
as combat gloves, pilot's gloves, and helmet linings.
Fundamental to the research were the specially selected
skins of the hair sheep, a traditional material (a by-product of the meat
industry) that Pittards has used for generations. Found in the sub tropical
regions of Africa, Asia, and South America, this sheep has a remarkably
soft, strong and light skin which makes it particularly appropriate for
military and sporting glove applications.
The WR100 process enhances these natural
characteristics and creates leathers with qualities that others still
cannot match, and has also been applied to other specialist skin types
to further enhance their performance. The WR100 process involves over
40 inter-related operations, each one of which has to be tuned and adjusted
to ensure the final technical quality of WR100 leather.
Today's WR100X leathers have built on the
original WR100 performance and improved it. Not only do they shrug off
moisture and allow perspiration to escape, but this happens without any
change in the structure of the leather.
Improved Abrasion Resistance
leather structure is made of microscopic fibrils which are randomly
intertwined together to form fibre bundles.
- Pittard's ARMOR-TAN™ is a new generation
of leather using chemistry which focuses on these fibril bundles within
the leather structure.
- The fibril bundles are encased by microscopic ceramic
"armour plates" which are more resistant to abrasion, thus increasing
the durability of the leather by preventing wear on contact surfaces
- Laboratory tests, using the Martindale Abrasion
test system, show that Pittard's ARMOR-TAN™ treated leathers
are 25% more resistant to abrasion than untreated leathers.
Qualities of ARMOR-TAN™
- Enhanced Grip
- The combination of Pittards ARMOR-TAN and
Pittards DIGITAL™ textured pattern produces superior
grip characteristics for the wearer in all conditions of play.
- Water Resistance
- Pittards WR 100X tannage offers an improved ability
to resist moisture generated by rain, humidity or working conditions,
and greater insulation to protect the hands in all weathers.
- Perspiration Resistance
- Pittards leather has been specially treated to prevent the absorption
of moisture, including sweat, into the glove and thereby protecting
the fiber structure from the detrimental effect of perspiration. Therefore,
the leather retains its softness and feel even after repeated exposure.
- Exceptional Fit
- Although very strong, Pittards leather ensures exceptional dexterity
and flexibility through the softness and 'run' inherent in the base
glove leather tannage.
For more information visit the Pittards website
Or, e-mail Mike Dodd