Dyneema® is most known for its low stretch and high tensile strength. However there is more to this material than you might think. We have compiled a list of the most important characteristics:
extremely low stretch
ultra high strength to weight ratio
low water absorption
good UV resistance
good resistance to chemicals
low coefficient of friction
remains soft after high loads
SoftShackleShop uses Dyneema® SK78, with extreme strength and low stretch & creep properties. Loaded at 50% of the breaking strength, our DSK78 only stretches an impressive 1.90%.
Due to its high tensile strength and extremely low stretch, Dyneema® fibers are often used in halyards, sheets or even in sails themselves. Outside of sailing, Dyneema® fibers are also used in ballistic materials like bulletproof vests etc.
For sailing purposes, Dyneema® is used in lines that are required to be strong, lightweight, low-stretch, and durable. Almost all racing yachts use Dyneema® lines, but it is also commonly used on cruising and leisure yachts.
The properties of Dyneema® make it a perfect material for soft shackles and loops, etc. We have compared stainless steel shackles to our soft shackles, and compiled the following list of comparisons:
Interested in Dyneema® products? Check them out in our store!