What is MAP
Multi-impact Adaptive Polymer
MARKER MAP PROTECTION is an innovative, closed-cell foam delivering multi-impact absorption. The specific weight is extremely low compared with previous protective materials. Under normal conditions, MAP (Multi-impact Adaptive Polymer) is pleasantly soft and flexible, ensuring freedom of movement and comfort. It goes without saying that MAP performs at a high level in all temperature ranges.
MAP focuses on sport-specific injury risks and was developed to enhance functionality and protection. It incorporates research insights into high-end products engineered to account for all anatomical, bio-mechanical and impact-relevant aspects. MAP was developed in cooperation with the University of Bologna, which provided scientific consulting for the entire process. MAP delivers an optimal tailored fit, unrestricted freedom of movement and increased protection for products and readily adapts to the individual dimensions of the athlete. MAP serves as a seal of quality that distinguishes all high-end MARKER models.
How MAP works
Increased energy absorbtion
MAP is pleasantly soft and flexible, but upon impact begins to stiffen even while the strike is still happening. This helps to absorb energy faster and more effectively. Thanks to its multi-impact properties, increased protection even against multiple rapid strikes is provided.
MAP temperature stable
MAP performs at a high level in all temperature ranges. The influence of temperature on shock absorbing properties is far less than with other materials.
MAP multi impact absorption
Thanks to its multi-impact properties, the MAP foam resumes its original form instantaneously, ensuring increased protection even against multiple rapid strikes.
Clinical studies have shown that the rear of the head, the forehead and the temple areas have the highest injury risk levels. MARKER MAP technology provides increased protection to these particular at-risk areas. MAP helps absorb impacts much more effectively than other materials and even shields against multiple blows in an extremely brief period.
Goggles can help to prevent injuries of the cheekbones, nasal bone and eye sockets. These are, coincidentally, the areas directly underneath a pair of goggles. All MARKER MAP goggles include a 3 mm MAP layer all along its contact surfaces to dramatically reduce the forces applied to those areas during an impact. It works independent of the ambient temperature, is notably flexible and contributes to the unique custom fit and high level of wearing comfort.
MARKER protective garments are also engineered to take advantage of the MARKER MAP features. Designed to reflect orthopedic and protection concerns, MARKER vests and shorts provide effective protection for body parts with the greatest injury risk, all without compromising on freedom of movement. Thanks to the unique MAP technology, they guarantee level 2 protection despite ultra-thin materials that are remarkably light, low bulk and anatomical.