A New Iron Age of Turf
The synthetic sports turf industry has seen minimal innovations for over 20 years. But TenCate Grass has changed that, breaking through with the launch of its modern product, IRONTURF. Its creation signifies a whole new category of turf that is elevating the industry to new heights, one field at a time.
IRONTURF represents a combination of three developments:
- A product innovation (woven monofilament turf) that GreenFields successfully introduced to European soccer and other soccer-dominant markets.
- A blend of monofilament fibers and the exclusive isotropic XP slit film providing the best, most durable system.
- Major investment in a new-generation, US-based weaving operation, which met the stringent demands unique to North American sports, such as football, lacrosse, baseball, and softball.
IronTurf Matrix Woven Pattern
IRONTURF has no equal
We’ve employed superior United States manufacturing expertise for American-specific sports, especially football, baseball and lacrosse. Our trailblazing weaving machines – which are housed at GreenFields’ famous Polyloom fiber plant in Dayton, Tennessee – create a turf surface that not only looks, feels, and plays more like natural grass, but better withstands the heaviest use and abuse. Simply, IRONTURF makes traditional turf technology seem ancient in comparison.
Proven over decades to be the most durable and sought-after slit film fiber
Only isotropic fiber
Soft on athletes’ bodies, but resistant to damage from foot traffic and sunlight
Made in the USA
Thicker than other monofilament fibers
Better “memory” (remains upright and non-directional)
No spine to accelerates splitting
Ridged design to reduce glare
Made in the USA
Manufactured only at the TenCate Polyloom plant, the XP fiber is considered isotropic, meaning its physical characteristics will be similar along both axes. It is recognized as the most durable fiber on the market today. Highly flexible, the XP fiber can also stretch and twist under players’ feet, thus further enhancing durability in high-impact North American sports. No fiber is better suited for lacrosse creases, batting areas and between the hashes on football fields. IRONTURF’s Diamond fiber is a diamond-shaped monofilament that is thicker and stronger than competing monofilaments because it has no “spine,” a weak spot that can accelerate fiber splitting and reduce its lifespan. Additionally, the diamond fiber has anti-glare characteristics built in.
Plus, it’s longer-lasting: IRONTURF has been proven to survive over 300,000 cycles on the Lisport linear abrader test, which is used to categorize the durability of turf systems. No other standard tufted system comes close to this level.
Prioritized Player Safety
The durable and flexible isotropic XP Slit film fiber and the strong, thicker monofilament Diamond fiber are woven together into a patented, uniform MatriX diamond pattern that provides completely equal spacing between fiber bundles. This construction uniformity is subtle – but important. A major drawback of traditional tufted systems is infill migration, which occurs when dense, straight tuft rows of fibers are needled into a backing. This creates voids in the pile that funnel infill toward the field edges. It can compromise safety because when infill migrates, it leaves a thinner layer of infill in spots (often the most-used parts of a field), which leads to less predictable traction and shock attenuation. Combined with its heavy fiber content, IRONTURF’s uniform spacing allows for more predictable, uniform play. The weaving process, heavy faceweight of the fibers and fiber shapes also create a turf pile with unmatched non-directionality.