Orthotics and prosthetics make up a sizable portion of the textile component industry. With applications ranging from artificial prosthetics to wrist braces, the materials used must not only be durable but also flexible and comfortable for the end users.

What are Orthotics and Prosthetics?

Orthotics and prosthetics consist of various medical items which help an injured individual heal from injury or provide them with artificial limbs. Examples of orthotics include leg braces, knee braces, wrist braces, shoe insoles, and other support-providing items. Common prosthetics include artificial arms, legs, knees, and hands.

Uses of Textile Components in Medical Applications

Textile components are used in various applications across the medical field. With end products of everything from patient compression apparel to securing patient charts, component usages range from disposable items to long-term multi-use items.

End product examples which use Huazheng components include:

  • Fabric and elastic for flexible compression support
  • Sew-on hook and loop fasteners for rigid leg and knee braces
  • Webbing for strapping and securing orthotics
  • Adhesive hook and loop fasteners for securing items in hospital rooms

Since its introduction over 70 years ago, by Swiss engineer George de Mestral, the iconic hook and loop touch fastener has not changed much but there have been advancements and improvements made since the original product was developed.

Varieties of Hook and Loop Fasteners

When discussing hook and loop fasteners, there are two varieties to consider:

  1. Sew-On – relies on a sewist to adhere the hook and loop onto a piece of sewable material using the selvage of the product. Typically found in bags, luggage, and canvas.
  2. Pressure Sensitive – sold with a paper backing used to protect the adhesive, adhesive backed hook and loop is used commonly to adhere items to vinyl or glass substrates.

Sew-On Hook and Loop Fasteners

Sew-on hook and loop touch fasteners are widely used in numerous applications; ranging from outdoor products to orthopedic bracing. Sew-on hook and the loop is available in a few different styles: molded, mushroom, and python hook; including napped and unnapped loop. DirectX stocks molded sew-on hook and loop in black and white color and widths of 5/8-inch, 3/4-inch, 1-inch, 1.5-inch, 2-inch, 3-inch, and 4-inch. We also stock military colors of Beige, Foliage Green, Navy, OD Green, and Special Brown. Mushroom and python hook, napped and unnapped loop available by request.

Every skier wants to carry their skis in style but in the real world it can be hard and you end up dragging them around. It’s difficult having to negotiate with a foot of snow and walking with your skis makes it all the more difficult.  Some skiers use ski straps others battle on every year trying to look cool with them over the shoulder while feeling the pain!

The solution is put everything together and tie them up. Ski straps are a nifty little addition to your skiing that you can use to strap your skis together making it a lot easier to carry.

What is Ski Straps?
Ski straps are basically long, thin & strong nylon or fabric straps with Velcro attachments that you can use to strap your skis together. Yes, a rope can do the job, but good luck scoring style points with that.

Benefits of Ski Straps
One of the major problems occurs when you pack in your skis in carrying bags, and they rattle around inside. This can easily cause delamination of the skin surface, and in worst cases, can be a cause of fatigue damage on the ski, making it weak. So the next time you hit something not so soft, you may end up with two skis than one. The straps are basically used as a buffer, and the protective piece of material between skis prevents them from grinding against each other during bumpy mountain rides.

Wide Variety
Nowadays, ski straps come in all sorts of colors and attachments. The very simple ones are straps with additional provisions to tie your ski poles together. They are fastened with either Velcro strips or latches, depending on the manufacturer.

However, ensure that whatever fastening method is used, they can be operated without having to pull your hand out of the gloves. In freezing conditions, the skin sticks to any metallic surface, and you do not want to take off those gloves.    Another popular variation has an additional strap attachment system that makes it super easy to sling on the shoulder. If you are a skier, it is always recommended that you buy Ski straps with the attachment for carrying poles.

Customize Your Ski Straps
Additionally, in a storage room full of skis, you may end up with two people having the same model, and same design. In that case, it becomes imperative that you are able to track which one is yours.

Ski straps can be a lifesaver in these situations, and they can be printed with your name or your favorite quotation, just to make sure that you know what’s yours, and you don’t get punched in the face by someone else who came to the ski trip to get over his ex-girlfriend.

It can be easily said that ski straps are just one of those things that you are better off having in your pocket just in case you need it than seriously need it and not have it! Oh! One last thing, when you have attached your skis to your feet, you can easily fit the straps in your pocket!