Intelligent Apparel

Intelligent Apparel

December 14, 2009 10:38 ET

Introducing Tactics Armoured Hockey Socks by Intelligent Apparel

Reducing the Risk of Severe Skate Blade Injuries with Kevlar®

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Dec. 14, 2009) - Ice hockey is widely known as one of the world's fastest and most dangerous sports. In the past two NHL seasons, star players Andrei Markov, Cam Ward, Kevin Bieksa, Teemu Salanne, Robert Lang and Joe Corvo all sustained serious cuts from skate blades. Currently, the Achilles tendons and calf muscles are vulnerable to laceration caused by other player's razor-sharp skate blades. Intelligent Apparel is filling a current void in the protective hockey equipment industry by launching two protective sport socks: Tactics Armoured Skate Socks and Armoured Hockey Socks provide validated cut-resistance with top athletic apparel performance.

"Tactics Armoured Hockey Socks are a direct response to hockey organizations' interest in enhancing player safety," said Marshall Ferneyhough, director of sales for Intelligent Apparel. "These past few seasons have been particularly plagued with severe skate blade injuries that could end a player's season, if not career. Our goal was to develop a skate sock that would perform and protect at the highest level of sport."

Protection and Performance: the most innovative sport socks in hockey today

Using three of the most technologically advanced fabrics available, Intelligent Apparel believes that Tactics Armoured Skate Socks are the most innovative foot sock in hockey today. 

Fortified Fabric: Dupont™ Kevlar®, COOLMAX® Xtralife, and Solefresh® yarn infused with Alphasan®

Dupont™ Kevlar® provides unequalled protection in a lighter, stronger and safer material popular among sports equipment manufacturers and consumers. These properties and performance attributes have proven so effective in industrial and life-protection applications that the appeal has spread to athletes, outdoors enthusiasts and anyone else looking for better performance and protection.

COOLMAX® Xtralife maximizes fit, comfort and dryness while minimizing wear and tear. Performance in the foot is obtained by using a unique blend of moisture-wicking COOLMAX®, abrasion-resistant CORDURA® and shape-retaining LYCRA®. 

Solefresh® yarn infused with Alphasan® inhibits odour and bacterial growth. These products combine to create a Silver (Ag) based antimicrobial agent effective against odour, discoloration and biofouling.

Tactics Armoured Hockey Socks provide superior coverage for even more protection

By knitting a Kevlar®lining inside a sport-mesh polyester outer shell, Intelligent Apparel has created a cut-resistant hockey sock - the first of its kind. Vertical stretch and lateral compression characteristics combine to offer uninhibited mobility and a snug equipment fit. A polyester outer layer is sublimation ready for limitless graphic creativity. Kevlar® fabric provides 360° cut protection throughout the entire sock.

"Tactics Armoured Hockey Socks are designed to appeal to hockey organizations and teams that want to provide superior protection for their players. The hockey socks are sublimation ready which means we can custom print team logos and individual player's numbers in any colour combination imaginable," said Ferneyhough. "Alternatively, Tactics Armoured Skate Socks are worn under the shin pad and in the boot where team uniforms are not a factor. The skate sock will appeal to anyone looking for a performance sock. With Tactics, the consumer receives an invaluable bonus of validated cut protection. Tactics Armoured Hockey & Skate Socks can be worn together for maximum protection."

Official Product Launch: January 26 and 27, 2010

Tactics Armoured Skate Socks will officially launch at the Let's Play Hockey International Expo this January 26 and 27, 2010, at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Prior to the Expo, requests for more information, samples and orders can be placed through the website: Alternatively, more urgent inquiries will be accepted at

About Intelligent Apparel Limited

Based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Intelligent Apparel Limited is a Canadian protective sport equipment company focused on developing and delivering sports equipment and apparel for top performance and protection. For more information about Tactics Armoured Skate Socks, visit

Contact Information

  • For product samples and more information, contact:
    Intelligent Apparel Limited
    Justin Bracci, Director of Athlete Relations