The functionality and comfort of protective clothing can be significantly influenced by using suitable materials. The right material and high-quality workmanship characterise the FORTIS product lines – more function, more quality, more features.


Cotton is a natural fibre that is very skin-friendly, temperature-balancing and absorbent. Therefore, cotton is one of the most popular fabrics. However, there are different kinds of cotton. Well-processed cotton has a particularly low allergy potential. It absorbs work dirt and releases it easily when washed. Technical advantages result from the extensive resistance to heat, flying sparks and flames. Cotton is also way ahead in the eco-balance, renewable as a raw material and ecologically degradable at the end of its life cycle.


Softshell materials are extremely breathable, lightweight, durable, water and wind resistant stretch fabric constructions with a high level of comfort. All softshell materials have the same properties, such as high elasticity and a textile feel. While the outside is smooth and robust, a microfleece is laminated on the inside. In addition to wind permeability or windproofing, the design of the inside also determines how warm the softshell keeps you.


Fleece is the name given to a velour fabric that is often made from recycled polyester or cotton. Fleece is a knitted fabric that is used for warming functional clothing. There are different types of fleece. These include antipilling fleece (low matting) cotton fleece, softshell fleece, knit fleece, doubleface fleece (two-ply) and wellness fleece (extra soft). Fleece fabrics show properties that also make them usable as an alternative to wool fabrics: high thermal insulation, low weight, robust, crease-resistant, elastic, water-repellent as well as quick drying and very pleasant on the skin.

Mixed fabric

A mixed fabric is made from at least two different types of fibres. The combination is intended to combine the positive properties of the respective fibres in one fabric. 65 % polyester and 35 % cotton, for example, form a particularly breathable material mix. The cotton content quickly absorbs moisture, while the synthetic fibre wicks it quickly to the outside.


The most common man-made fibres are nylon or Perlon ®. They are produced entirely synthetically and are characterised by extreme strength and toughness. Textiles made of synthetic fibres are extremely elastic, very easy to care for and hardly absorb any moisture. Cordura® is also a synthetic fibre and a fabric made from polyamide. In Cordura, polyamide fibres are spun again and then woven together. This makes Cordura even more tear-resistant and ideal for protective work clothing.


Polyester is a synthetic material that is used in many ways in the manufacture of clothing today. Polyester is softer and stores heat better than natural fibres. Polyester absorbs little moisture or transports it to the outside, is breathable and therefore particularly suitable for sportswear or work clothing. In addition, artificial polyester fibres do not provide a breeding ground for mites and are therefore more hygienic than comparable fabrics. The polyester is easy to care for, does not crease and, unlike cotton, dries quickly after washing.

EN ISO 20471 (formerly EN 471) high-vis clothing

EN ISO 13982-1 Protective suits impervious to particles - protection against solid particulates

EN 13034 type 6 Chemical protection for limited use

EN ISO 14116 Protective clothing made of materials, combination of materials and clothing with limited flame spread