Buried in a mountain of Eurobike and Interbike coverage was this gem – Scott’s new ITD ProTec kit. If you haven’t seen it yet, the ProTec gear won a Eurobike award for a good reason, it may just let you keep that patch of skin in a crash. Working together with Schoeller fabrics, the ITD ProTech technology uses knit carbon yarn which makes the fabric much more resistant to tearing. Then the fabric is printed with a ceramic pattern on top to create a surface that is very abrasion resistant at high speeds.
Based on how many times we’ve seen tattered kits ridden across the line, it’s clear that crashes don’t always knock riders out of contention. But anyone who has ever dealt with severe road rash knows how unpleasant it can be. If the Scott RC ProTec kit can really perform as advertised it should be a huge step forward in rider protection.
Available to consumers in 2015, the ITD ProTec technology will first be sold in the Scott RC ProTec S/SL shirt and Bibshorts. The anti-abrasion material is found on the shoulders and sleeves of the jersey as well as the outer legs up to the waist on the shorts. As an added bonus the carbon yarn not only protects from abrasion, but it also adds an antibacterial effect which should help keep your threads fresh.
Rather than subjecting their test riders to repeated crashes, Scott demonstrates the power of the ProTec fabric with the aid of a belt sander. Pretty convincing.