DEFENDER® M 550 Knit

Comfort may not be mission critical but sometimes it can feel like it means everything. Now warfighters and peacekeepers can have comfortable FR protection in action. Manufactured with COOLDERM™ Technology, TenCate DEFENDER® M offers enhanced comfort and durability that is better than even the most tried and proven chemical-treated nylon and cotton-blend fabrics.

TenCate DEFENDER® M Knit Fabric utilizes a proprietary blend of fibers engineered for the ultimate in protection, durability and comfort.

  • Proven protection: The woven version was worn by every U.S. ground troop in Afghanistan and Iraq.
  • Incredible comfort: Knit fabrics provide greater breathability and lightweight comfort.
  • Exceptionally tough: The knit fabric retains the strength, keeping the color, size and appearance after repeated washings and in harsh field conditions.
  • Great options: Knits can include a la carte protection options like MicrobeSHIELD and StaticSHIELD.

Because of their light weight, DEFENDER® M Knits make affordable FR protection possible for items like balaclavas, gloves and even combat shirts. Engineering the proven FR protection of DEFENDER® M into knit fabrics sets a new standard for comfort and protection in the field.


Lighter weight outer shells mean less heat stress on the job. Getting in, getting the job and getting out are what matters. TenCate outer shells deliver the same great strength and protection but with less weight to slow you down.

TenCate engineers fabrics that are meant to be worn in the world. Breathability is important to comfort and TenCate makes sure that comfort is built in.

Moisture can weigh fabrics down and make them uncomfortable. TenCate COOLDERM™ Technology provides quick absorption and quicker drying times. By dispersing the moisture across the fabric, it dries faster providing evaporative cooling in warm climates and body temperature regulation in cooler climates.

Additional information

Nominal Weight

5.5 osy (185 gsm)



Coolderm™ Technology


Data Sheet

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