Next Generation: Can-Am Spyder Riding Gear with SympaTex
Can-Am Spyder Team
ride BRP vehicles in the outdoors. That
means riding gear that protects you from the elements and keeps you comfortable
is a necessity. In recent years, we have embraced the next generation of
waterproof/breathable technologies for our top of the line riding gear,
the SympaTex membrane in Can-Am roadster, Can-Am off-road and Ski-Doo
snowmobile outerwear. Since most people
in North America just don’t know about
Sympatex, we talked with Kathleen Rathe, BRP Product Coordinator for Parts, Accessories, Clothing, to help you get more familiar with
it and to understand why it’s so good.
BRP: What is SympaTex?
Kathleen Rathe: It’s a technology we use to make
certain outerwear 100% waterproof and windproof, yet breathable. It’s a membrane that is adhered in between
the outer fabric and an inner fabric before cutting and sewing it into a garment.
BRP: Why is the breathability
important to a Can-Am Spyder rider?
When you’re riding, you may sweat.
It may be hot out, you may be carving corners, or the weather may change
as you go from valley to mountain pass, or sun to shade. If that sweat stays next to your skin, you
can get chilled and uncomfortable.
Breathability ensures that sweat evaporates out of the jacket
quickly. The SympaTex membrane enables
that to happen very effectively.
BRP: How does SympaTex work?
KR: Sweat vapor is absorbed by fibers
in the membrane and then evaporated out. And here’s a remarkable trait
– the higher the humidity and temperature inside the garment, the better
the SympaTex membrane is at getting the sweat to escape. That’s a major advantage over other technologies. We say the harder you work, the harder it
BRP: Are their other advantages to
SympaTex besides greater breathability?
KR: Several. It is a non-porous membrane, meaning there
are no holes. You don’t have to worry
about the holes becoming clogged and reducing breathability. Its performance is unaffected by dirt, oil,
or washing detergents. It also does not
degrade after many, many washings.
stretches to 300% of its original size.
Not that you’re going to blow it up like a balloon, but it means that it
maintains its performance in high areas that you bend all the time, like knees
BRP: What about the seams? Can water penetrate a jacket or pants or
gloves through the seams?
KR: Yes, those areas could allow
moisture in, but all our garments with SympaTex have 100% of the seams and
logos sealed and are tested by SympaTex in a punishing rain chamber to make
sure they keep you dry.
BRP: How does it stack up
KR: So well that we stand behind all
our SympaTex gear with a lifetime guarantee.
BRP: What types of gear for Can-Am
Spyder roadster riders does BRP offer?
KR: We have three main products that
The Kavalier jacket and pants is our top-of-the-line gear with
many, many features and a heavy-duty Cordura fabric. We also use many other technologies to keep
riders comfortable, like Outlast, which uses fibers fused with 99.9% pure
silver, and a coating on the black fabric that improves the thermal
balance. It’s available for men only.
The Tech Plus Series also use the SympaTex and is for
both men and women. These jackets and pants are very versatile, with the
ability to zip-in a fleece jacket in cooler weather and mesh pockets for
inserting back, elbow and shoulder protectors.
have men’s SympaTex gloves for cooler conditions.
BRP: Thanks for your time,
Can-Am Spyder riding gear with SympaTex is available at
your authorized BRP dealer, or http://store.spyder.brp.com