BioThane Products Information

Lagarto uses the same techniques and metal parts for BioThane building as leather building. There are some benefits and concerns with PVC versus leather that you should understand before making a decision about the right gear to purchase.

1. BioThane is stronger than latigo leather.

2. BioThane is a synthetic product made from polyester webbing with a PVC jacket, so if you have a latex allergy, no worries.

3. You can get your BioThane gear wet and keep it wet (unlike leather, which will eventually split/crack from immersion in water).

4. You can WASH your BioThane gear - in plain tap water, or with a little soap if your gear gets greasy from body oils or other foreign materials.

5. Bodily fluids will not harm your BioThane gear. Rinse fluids away with tap water prior to storing your gear. PVC is capable of harboring bacteria, so if you get particularly biological with your gear, soak it in rubbing alcohol for a few minutes, then rinse.

6. While most people find the smell of leather quite pleasant, BioThane smells like a new shower curtain. It's a very faint smell, though, so most people do not notice it. In my shop when I do large production batches, I notice my shop smells of PVC instead of Leather.

7. The Achilles heel of vinyl is chips and chunks can be carved out of it. Beware not to scrape your gear against brick, concrete, sharp wood, or other abrasive surfaces, as the PVC may be chipped - little pieces taken out of the surface.

Do you have any questions about what you can or can't do with your gear? Please use the "contact Lagarto" tab at the left of any page on this website.
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