CHIKARA RIPSTOP NYLON
High quality Ripstop Nylon resistant to wear and tear
Chikara is the Japanese word for Power. This matches perfectly with the fabric’s qualities and performance. Chikara has been the leading ripstop spinnaker nylon ever since it was initially designed and deployed as a high-end fabric especially for the kite and paraglider market. Now Chikara is also the fabric of choice in many other markets where high, consistent quality and longevity are required, including the medical and outdoor industries. This is due to the high performance of the fabric which is the result of a subtle balance between weight, strength, airtightness, stability and durability.
Chikara– your ripstop nylon of choice if you require ultimate reliability, light weight and high performance that lasts.
Air permeability is the ability of a fabric to allow air to pass through it. For Chikara, it is 0,03 cc per cm² per second*, which is extremely low. This means that the fabric is incredibly airtight, a feature that is vital for the production of kites.*The air permeability figure indicates the volume of air per surface unit in a certain amount of time. The value is measured at a pressure difference of 1 atmosphere given a certain thickness of the fabric.
The tear strength of Chikara is very high. This makes it an incredibly durable fabric (resistant to wear and tear) and also guarantees that it will last for a long period of time, during which its performance will also remain undiminished
Chikara has very good ageing characteristics – even after many hours of intense use, products made from Chikara will still perform the same.
Mirai has good UV resistance. This can be seen through the many kites that have been created using Mirai, all of which have shown little or no signs of UV degradation.
Many nylon fabrics are attacked by ultraviolet radiation and may crack or disintegrate if they are not UV-stable. This is a problem known as UV degradation, and is common in products exposed to sunlight.
Chikara has good UV resistance. This can be seen through the many kites that have been created using Mirai, all of which have shown little or no signs of UV degradation.
Chikara fabric is coated on both sides with special polyurethane (PU) coating which ensures lasting performance and ease of processing. The coating also ensures almost no water absorption, which makes the fabric suitable for use in various environments, whether dry, humid or wet. The coating of Chikara is now also PFOA-free, which makes the fabric particularly suitable for medical and environment-conscious applications.