Primarily made from polyethylene or polypropylene, the fibers act as the individual grass blades found in a natural grass field. These fibers are tufted “stitched” into a carpet or backing, resembling a shag-carpet. The carpet is rolled, delivered on-site and assembled to build the field.
The ideal fiber should showcase low skin friction, superior durability, high resilience, and temperature stability. In general, there are several different types of fibers.
Monofilament: “Mono”, a prefix that means “one, only, single,” relates to one individual fiber blade. It’s the most grass-like as it’s designed to stand-up straight. These types of systems are visually appealing and deliver natural ball-to-surface characteristics (ball-roll, ball-bounce) making it a popular choice for sports like soccer.
Fibrillated: These wider fibers are fibrillated to create a net or “honeycomb” which is designed to lie over and encapsulate the infill, while absorbing heavy use from kicks, drags, tackles and slides. These systems are designed to be tough and deliver optimal agility.
Hybrid: A combination of monofilament fibers and a fibrillated fiber, hybrid systems are designed to provide fiber resilience while encapsulating the infill. They say it’s the best of both worlds. Due to the variety of fibers, these systems deliver a full lush look.
Hybrid Monofilament Fibrillated