Lifestyle brand Imperial Motion, based in Tacoma, Wash., is offering a new line of jackets and backpacks made of self-healing fabric. The company’s Nano Cure Tech Fabric is a lightweight, waterproof nylon ripstop, combined with a double-sided coating, that has resealing and repairing capabilities.
When activated by the heat of a person’s fingers, small holes and punctures in the fabric can be repaired. The reinforced fibers of the ripstop create additional support, which aids the repair function. Hikers, walkers, boarders and skiers may be able to correct minor damage to a jacket on the spot—no patches or wait time—and stay in motion.