Originally developed for military clothing and designed to combat chemical agents, ion-mask technology by P2i is an award winning ultra protective surface enhancement pioneered by Magnum that offers truly groundbreaking benefits, so much so that it forces the world to sit up and take notice.
This breakthrough in surface enhancement works at a molecular (nano) level. Applied inside a plasma chamber, the ion-mask™ treatment binds invisibly to a product material’s surface and fibres, resulting in extraordinary benefits to the end user, without affecting the look, feel or 'breathability' of the boot.
Magnum is proud to have pioneered the introduction of ion-mask™, a quantum leap forward in performance, for certified safety and uniform footwear.
The plasma process enables polymers to infuse the shoes/boots on a sub-microscopic scale. This means that every single fibre is given a layer of water repellent polymer only molecules thick.
The ion-mask™ process means the fibres on even open weave materials become repellent and therefore much less absorbent.
Coating every fibre, not just the outer layer, means the entire shoe is treated (including seams and laces). If then used without a booty construction the shoe would be as breathable after the process as it was before.
Given the hydrophobic benefits the treated shoe will gain less weight when used in wet conditions as the materials retain less water.
ion-mask™ footwear also helps to keep footwear clean longer, like water the treatment also helps to repel dirt to reduce staining.
Only tiny amounts of chemicals are needed, with minimal waste, so the ion-mask process is also highly efficient compared to traditional methods. Equally the process is activated at room temperature and is a solvent-less process making it one of the most climate friendly footwear technologies available.
Hazardous environments can be commonplace for many of our end users. With a sufrace energy 3 times lower than PTFE (Tefl on) all boots treated with ion-mask™ not only refuse to absorb water, but also repel oil, fuel and alcohol – triple resistant cover for truly life saving protection.
In critical circumstances the transfer and contact of disease and infection can be potentially fatal. Complying with ISO16604 the ion-mask™ treatment on Magnum boots combats the penetration of pathogenic micororganisms in human blood that cause disease and contamination.