Closer look at the technology (d30) inside the K18 padding line

Today you get to take a more in depth look at the protective material inside the new K18 padding. The material is d3o. D3o (dee-three-oh) is a specially engineered material made with intelligent molecules that harden on impact. They flow with you as you move but on shock lock together to absorb the impact energy.

Chemical engineer Richard Palmer set up his own business to create the substance, “which acts like silly putty in your hands, but stiffens up to absorb shocks and bumps whenever it’s hit”. The actual procedure to development and produce the d3o padding is a meticulous process that involves concept design, detailed CAD/CAM, prototype tooling, real world testing, comparative testing and prototype casting.

The d3o lab works with many brands to produce innovative new products that frequently break the mold of traditional solutions to provide a totally new kind of product. STX is one of the first to utilize this technology. Together they have developed a large range of lacrosse products including elbow guards, gloves & shoulder pads all available in black, white, navy, red and royal blue. The products are all uniquely light, flexible and ergonomic, all made possible by the inclusion of d3o as the shock absorbing layer.

Visit d3o for more information on the innovative protective material. 

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  1. scatman on December 15, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    too cool

  2. RoleModel on December 15, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    does STX have the ability to patent the use of this technology in the sport of lacrosse? Or will all the other manufacturers hop on the bandwagon?

  3. laxguru on December 14, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    it’s a good thing stx has pumped up its social media department by doing these releases. otherwise, no one would be soooo into it. i dig it. keep it coming stx

  4. mcgoalie on December 14, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    Will the d3o be in goalie chest protectors?!

  5. dysonlax on December 14, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    Ill son

  6. nick nolte on December 14, 2009 at 11:53 am

    This stuff looks amazing!!! STX, for such a traditional brand, is setting themselves apart by bringing in this technology.

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