Kangaroo Leather – Kangaroo Leather is commonly acknowledged as one of the strongest lightweight leathers available. Studies conducted by the Australian CSIRO confirm that Kangaroo Leather has up to 59% greater tensile strength than cow-hide at similar thicknesses.1
This strength is explained via the uniform orientation of fibre bundles parallel to the skin's surface, an even distribution of elastin, and an absence of sweat glands and erector pili muscles.2
Unlike most leather which is farmed, Kangaroo hides are sourced from the wild. Each hide therefore has it's own unique character and individual markings. To ensure only the best hides are used, Patebury hand-selects each skin from their local tannery. For more information on Kangaroo Leather, please see our FAQ's.
1 L.J. Stephens, Stratigraphic Analysis of Kangaroo Leathers, J. Am. Leather Chem. Assoc., 1987
J.H. Bavinton, D.E. Peters and L. J. Stephens,
A Comparative Morphology of Kangaroo and Bovine Leathers, J. Am. Leather Chem. Assoc., 1987
Ertalon® – This polyamide inner layer provides a rigid lining within the strap, reinforcing the leather and eliminating stretch under load. Ertalon® also maintains the strap's shape and curve, allowing the foot easy entry and exit.
Rivets – Solid copper rivets secure the buckles to the strap to tolerate heavy load. Custom designed and cold forged locally in Sydney, they are the strongest rivets available and are often used in high-end saddlery. Each rivet is hand set in the traditional manner, requiring over one hundred strikes with a peening hammer. This hardens the copper through 'cold working', creating an inseparable bond.
Buckles – Stainless steel buckles lock the strap in a fixed position. Used as fasteners in harsh marine environments, 304 Stainless Steel resists corrosion even if the surface is damaged − unlike common steel plated buckles. The buckle is also curved to suit the profile and shape of the foot, increasing comfort and fit.
Stopper – A special join within the buckle slot prevents buckle movement and roll, ensuring the strap ends follow the natural curve of the strap.
Stitching – Industrially sewn nylon stitching reinforces the strap's layers for road use, in the event of strap-to-road contact when disengaged.
Sizing – Twelve adjustment increments set 8mm apart accommodate all shoe sizes, men and women – allowing an optimum fit in all circumstances.
Bevel – The top and bottom strap edges are bevelled by hand for easier foot insertion/release.
Sealant – A mix of organic oils and tallow fats are applied to preserve and naturally nourish the leather, sealing it from moisture and enhancing water resistancy.
Manufacture Code – A quality control reference.
Weight – Each strap weighs 75 grams.
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