Gripping/Friction Material

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Gripping Material. Setex XG

Setex® XG Extra Grip materials provide over 240% improvement in grip in slick conditions, especially for items in contact with skin. Key applications include socks, horse riding breeches, gloves, sporting equipment; and any moldable surface that touches.

A dramatic improvement in skin grip!

nanoGriptech’s Setex® provides one of the best gripping / friction material solutions for  product designers and manufacturing engineers who are frustrated with the limitations of rough-textured and soft-tacky alternatives. Currently available as a custom solution, Setex-based gripping and friction material solutions are provided across a wide range of materials – and can even be integrated directly into the target product via in-mold designs for injection molded parts.

Attributes and Benefits include:


Range of Materials Supported: As a geometric design that is imparted on a material, Setex XG enables high friction capabilities on textiles, plastics (bulk or film), elastomers, etc.—even as an in-mold design.


Higher Friction Performance than other Dry Materials: Through Van der Waals forces across millions of microscopic fibers, Setex XG provides more gripping and friction than other dry alternatives.


Customizable Performance: Setex XG can be designed with varying grip or friction strengths to fit your application’s needs.


Dry / Residue-Free: Setex XG is completely dry, providing amazing gripping or friction without the stickiness and residue of chemically treated pads.


Comfort: Setex XG can be tailored to a variety of materials and forms, eliminating the abrasive feel of sandpaper pads and the like.


Low Profile / Conformable: Setex XG can be film -thin and conform to a wide range of shapes.

The Science

Setex XG is a high friction microfiber surface inspired by the microscopic hairs, or setae, of a gecko’s foot that can be incorporated onto apparel or injection molded parts.

  • Retains around 60-70% of their original friction in wet and oily conditions. Competing materials, such as rubber, can lose 90% of their friction when exposed to wet/oily conditions residue-free removal
  • Can be provided in sheet form with a thermoplastic polyurethane backing for incorporation onto textiles for sporting apparel applications
  • Can be incorporated into molding tool's surface so that the resulting molded part is produced with high friction microfibers on the surface, directly integrated and made out of the same material as the part
  • nanoGriptech has demonstrated the ability to mold its high friction Setex XG microfibers out of a wide range of polymer chemistries and hardness including TPU, TPO, Nylons, PC/ABS, TPE, SEBS and silicones
XG materials close up
Coefficient of Friction to Leather
Coefficient of Friction to Synthetic Skin