What is water repellence for?
Water-repellent fabric allows water to run off its surface without seeping in. This prevents the fabric from soaking up water, keeping it lightweight, breathable and warm. The water repellent properties are obtained by treating the outer surface of the fabric. This treatment needs to be restored during the garment’s lifetime (we recommend every 3 washes). All Wedze jackets have received a water repellent treatment.
What is a membrane or coated component?
The coating is like a paint applied inside the fabric that makes the component waterproof while remaining breathable. It is often less expensive than a membrane and requires a lining to protect it. The membrane is like a very fine plastic film (polyurethane) that waterproofs the component while keeping it breathable. The advantage is that it is more flexible, lighter, more durable and often more breathable than a coating.
What is the breathability of a component?
To determine whether a fabric is breathable, we test its evaporative resistance or RET (based on the ISO 11092 standard). The lower a fabric's resistance, the more water vapour generated by the body during sports can escape through the fabric, and the higher its breathability. For example: RET < 9 = extremely breathable fabric / 9 < RET < 12 = very breathable fabric / 12 < RET < 20 = breathable fabric / RET > 20 = low or not breathable fabric.
How do we measure the waterproofing of a component?
We measure a fabric's resistance to a water column, in mm (based on the ISO 811 standard). The higher the water pressure withstood, the more watertight the fabric. A component with a waterproofing resistance of 2000 mm resists the pressure of 2000 mm of water
How do we make waterproof clothes?
The waterproofing of the garment is linked to its component, the waterproofing of its seams and how it is assembled. Then our clothing undergoes the shower test
How will my ski jacket keep me warm?
We use wadding for insulation to help keep you warm. This polyester-based synthetic material traps air, the quantity of which will depend on the size of the fibres. Standard, technical and silicone wadding is available, each with its own distinct properties: warmth, lightness, flexibility, etc.
How do I know if my clothing is breathable?
In addition to the breathability of the fabrics, we use technical solutions (zips, ventilation, mesh, etc) that improve the general ventilation of our jackets and trousers designed for Freeride or All Mountain skiing. These ventilation systems enable both the regulation of temperature inside the clothing and facilitate the wicking away of perspiration generated by the body during exercise.
How should I dress to avoid feeling cold on the slopes?
To keep warm and dry, apply the 3-breathable-layers rule: 1 base layer, 1 fleece to retain heat and 1 ski jacket to protect you from bad weather.
How can I prevent snow from getting in when I fall?
The snow skirt is a protection system at waist level that closes with press studs at the bottom of the ski or snowboard jacket. It prevents snow and air from entering when on the slopes, especially in the event of a fall.
Where can I put my ski pass when taking ski lifts?
You no longer need to get out your ski pass! Your sleeve has a ski pass pocket for quick access to the lifts.
A score to compare the environmental footprint of the products
The product's environmental footprint is calculated for its entire life using various indicators. An overall score from A to E is given to help you easily identify the most eco-friendly products by comparing products of the same type (T-shirts, trousers, backpacks, etc.) Decathlon is committed to displaying the environmental data of its products. For more information: http://sustainability.decathlon.com/