Q. What does WPS / LTS / PFL / MDL / LSW / BSW / AXS mean?
These are FW’s product Classification System categories - please read through the full descriptions below.
FW gear has been split into comprehensive classifications for you to better understand our products and their application.
WPS LTS PFL MDL LSW BSW AXS WPS
Waterproof Shells are designed to be worn as an outer-most layer. Fabrics used in these garments are waterproof and ultra-breathable, making them highly protective and repellent against cold, wet and extreme winter conditions. See below for more info on the specific fabrics and technologies we are using in our WPS garments:
A/ WPS Dermizax™ EV
Toray Dermizax® is an exceptionally waterproof and breathable fabric that is soft, lightweight, easy to care for and super durable. It achieves exceptionally high levels of breathability and resistance to condensation. The stretchable laminate nicely complements the fabric's elasticity, giving Dermizax® garments a light and flexible feel. It is the perfect material for sporting activities in harsh conditions, including mountain climbing, outdoor sports and winter sports. Dermizax® is made of 100% polyester. We use Dermizax® in our Manifest 3L Jacket and Manifest 3L Pant.
B/ WPS-2L Oxford Wax + Print
Oxford Wax + Print is a waterproof, 2-layer printed fabric with a wax coating finish to provide comfort and a unique texture. It is composed of 100% polyester and Oeko-Tex® approved.We use Oxford Wax + Print in our Manifest 2L Jacket and Manifest 2L Bib.
C/ WPS-2L Oxford Recycled Yarn
Oxford Recycled Yarn is a waterproof, 2-layer shell fabric that has an authentic, natural outdoor look with no compromise on technicality. It is composed of 100% recycled nylon yarn. We use this material for our Root Anorak.
D/ WPS-2L Ottoman Recycled Yarn
Ottoman Recycled Yarn is a waterproof, 2-layer fabric characterized by its cotton-like look, high resistance (nylon yarn), as well as extreme softness—for comfort and free-feeling, ergonomic movement. It is composed of 100% recycled nylon yarn and is used in our Catalyst 2L Jacket and Catalyst 2L Pant.
Light Shells are designed to be worn as an outer layer. Fabrics used in these garments are breathable and promote warmth, suitable for milder and less extreme winter conditions. We use the following materials and technologies in our LTS garments:
A/ LTS DWR 20D Ripstop
Lightweight, durable, 100% nylon Ripstop shell for generous stretch, durability and exceptional breathability—with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish, to boot. Ripstop is a special reinforcing technique that makes garments resistant to tearing and ripping. Composed of 100% nylon that is Oeko-Tex® approved.Present in our Manifest Crew Neck.
B/ LTS DWR 35D Wax
Weather resistant fabric, coated with wax for lightweight weather protection. This fabric is made of 100% polyester that is Oeko-Tex® approved. It is present in our Root Coach Jacket.
C/ LTS Airtastic™ 30D Ripstop
This is a lightweight, breathable, “weatherproof” fabric built with a durable water repellent finish and Ripstop for lightweight protection from the elements. Ripstop structure reinforces the nylon thread to provide high resistance to wear and tear, plus windproofing. It is composed of 100% nylon with a 100% polyurethane coating that is Oeko-Tex® approved. This material is utilized in our Manifest Quilted Hoodie.
Puff Layers are designed to be worn underneath a Waterproof Shell as a mid-layer. Filled with insulating materials, these garments provide maximum levels of warmth and heat retention. PFL are also suitable to be worn as an outer layer in dry winter conditions. We use the following materials and technologies in our PFL garments:
A/ PFL Primaloft Black Eco Insulation® 40g/60g
Primaloft Black Eco Insulation® is comprised of 60% post-consumer recycled materials, with advanced fiber technology to create a high-performance, eco-friendly insulation for cozy warmth without the bulk. This fabric is Bluesign® approved and made of 60% recycled fibers (recycled PET bottles) and 40% polyester. This fabric is used in our Manifest Quilted Hoodie, Manifest Crew Neck, Catalyst 2L Jacket and Catalyst 2L Pant.
B/ MDL Polartec Powerstretch Pro®
Polartec Powerstretch Pro® is a fabric that wicks moisture and regulates breathability like a base material, but with the fortified ability to handle direct exposure to the elements. The next-to-skin surface keeps you warm and dry through touch points that diffuse and evaporate water vapor (perspiration). It is composed of 31% nylon, 52% polyester and 17% lycra, and is Oeko-Tex® and Bluesign® approved. We use this fabric in our Manifest 2L Bib, Manifest Crew Neck and Manifest Powerstretch Pro® Hoodie.
C/ PFL DWR 35D High Frequency
This is a weather-resistant fabric, coated with wax for lightweight protection, complemented by an extremely soft insulating material thanks to a high frequency assembly. It is composed of 100% polyester which is Oeko-Tex® approved, and it’s used in our Catalyst Riding Shirt and Vest.
Mid Layers are designed to be worn underneath a Waterproof Shell. These garments are designed to provide extra warmth and heat retention. They are also suitable as an outer layer in dry winter conditions. We use the following material and technologies in our MDL garments:
MDL Polartec Shearling 300 Series™
Polartec Shearling 300 Series® provides a warm layer for outdoor activities in the bitter cold and comes complete with a natural, organic look. It is composed of 100% polyester which is Oeko-Tex® approved. This fabric is used in our Root Anorak and Root Pillow Fleece.
Leisure Wear garments are comfortable and ergonomic, and are designed to be worn under Light Shells and Puff or Mid Layers on the mountain and off the mountain, too. We use the following materials and technologies for our LSW garments:
A/ LSW Polycotton 300mg/m2
Polycotton is made of 70% organic cotton and 30% polyester thread for an ultra quick-drying character, a soft surface texture and a warm brushed backing for comfort. It is used in our Catalyst Tech Pullover Hoodie.
B/ Organic Cotton 300mg/m2
Our organic cotton is lightweight and ultra comfortable to the touch. The hand-feel is incredibly soft—think peach-fuzz—and it’s complemented by a terry inner structure (a fabric with loops that can absorb large amounts of water). We use 100% organic cotton in our Source Zip Hoodie, Source Crew Neck, Source LS Tee and Source T-Shirt.
Base Wear garments are designed to be worn as a first layer, directly against your skin. Designed with 90-100% Merino wool, these garments are the first layer of defense from cold winter conditions, providing excellent heat retention and breathability.
A/ BSW Lightweight Merino Wool
A natural thermo-regulator, Merino wool benefits from great warmth and breathability as well as anti-odor properties. The lightweight fabric has a jersey structure, making it stretch easily and comfortably. We use lightweight, 100% Merino wool which is Oeko-Tex® approved in our Raw LW Crew LS, Raw LW Crew SS and Raw ¾ Jogger.
B/ BSW RaptTM Merino Wool/Brushed
This midweight Merino fabric provides extreme comfort and breathability. A natural thermo-regulator, Merino wool benefits from great warmth, breathability and anti-odor properties. The nylon core thread makes the fabric incredibly strong, perfect for outdoor activities. It is composed of 90% Merino wool, 8% nylon and 2% spandex and is Oeko-Tex® approved. We use this fabric in our Raw Balaclava Hoodie, Raw MW Crew LS and Raw MW Jogger.
Our accessories are designed to complement FW gear. Featuring headwear and more, AXS garments may be worn as standalone pieces or integrated into your outfit for truly rounded protection from the elements.
Q. What base layer, mid-layer and outerwear combinations work the best?
FW gear has the elements handled from breathable base wear, through to insulated mid-layers and weatherproof outer layers. The aim of the game is to 1) keep moisture out while 2) allowing for breathable functionality that keeps warmth in when it’s cold—all while 3) allowing ventilation when it’s warm. No matter the weather up high on the mountain or down in town, all of our FW garments are designed to layer together in such a way that you may maintain a warm and dry microclimate. Rest assured all of the garments have been rigorously tested and exceed the highest standards of performance. If you’re truly looking for the top of the line combination, consider the Manifest 3L offerings paired with any of our mid-layers and base wear.
Read on for more information on why layering matters.
If you’re investing in weatherproof, breathable outerlayers, make sure that you have the right layering system to support the outer layer’s technology.
If you combine the best WPS garments with non-breathing mid layers or synthetic base layers—despite the jacket’s technology—you will end your day as a wet and smelly mess. Similarly, if you put a non-breathing raincoat (or poncho) over your Merino BSW, the thermo regulatory properties of the Merino will be rendered useless.
Follow these steps for the ultimate FW gear layering system:
BSW - Next to Skin
Wear FW’s Merino base wear next to your skin for its optimal warmth to weight ratio, ultimate breathability, moisture wicking and anti-odor properties.
PFL + MDL - Mid Layers
Wear FW’s puff layers and mid-layers for a little added insulation on a cold winter day. The Manifest Crewneck is a standout garment that provides recycled insulation with breathable and stretchy sidebody, optimizing temperature regulation.
WPS - Outermost Layer
Wear FW’s waterproof shells as your outermost layer to keep snow and rain OUT, and keep warmth IN while perspiration moves away from your body. From 3-layer to 2-layer membranes, FW has your needs covered this winter.
Q. Who is FW gear made for?
For the 19/20 season, we’re featuring a men’s collection with many unisex designs. For all future collections (2020/21 and beyond), we will have specific women’s and kid’s clothing, too.
FW apparel is an outdoor brand for snowboarders, skiers and outdoor enthusiasts of all varieties. Our products are highly technical with a minimalist touch, ensuring they work seamlessly from peak to street. We make gear for Alpine living, wherever you are.
Q. Is FW gear a member of 1% For The Planet?
Yes, FW is a member of 1% For The Planet. This means that 1% of all FW sales go to support non-profit organizations that serve the planet we love and enjoy. Through research, cash donations and volunteering, we will use 1% FTP to disrupt the status quo and instigate positive changes that benefit our environment.
Our view on sustainability is an open ended conversation; we are constantly searching to refine our materials and reduce our impact. We strongly assert that quality is sustainability. We make products to last while incorporating materials like recycled yarn that stand up to those standards and keep our products out of landfills.
Q. What organizations does FW support via 1% For The Planet donations?
This season, we support Protect Our Winters. We are also looking to support a research project that looks closely at the root cause of climate change.
Q. What is the environmental impact of my FW garments?
At FW, quality is the first step of sustainability. We are forward-thinking from our product development, to our approach to sustainable fabrics. We have incorporated eco-friendly fabrics where they have passed our rigorous quality and durability standards. We are not making eco-friendly products destined for landfill, but quality garments that are built to last and last. Our repair program is another way in which we’re ensuring our garments stand the test of time.
FW fabrics and materials that are eco-friendly are highlighted with the <<green leaf>> symbol. Our product descriptions explain what aspects of the garments are most eco-friendly. For example, the Root Anorak face fabric is made of Oxford recycled yarn.
Q. What does FW gear do to look after the planet we love?
First, our 1% For The Planet membership demonstrates our financial commitment and our moral obligation to fight against the harmful impacts of human-induced climate change.
Our Quality and Sustainability Manager and our product team are constantly searching for less impactful materials and processes that stand up to our rigorous quality standards.
We enforce a strict manufacturer code of conduct; we regularly visit our factories to ensure our rigorous standards are upheld.
Our company supports sustainability and social responsibility from its core; every FW job role has its own CSR standards to uphold.
Our employee handbook guides the FW crew towards more sustainable practices.
Our team speaks on a weekly basis to communicate what they have done for the planet.
Q. How can I best care for my FW Gear in the laundry?
You may find detailed information on how to properly look after your garments to make them last longer via our care instruction page.
Q. Where can I find more information on FW’s sizing?
If you are wondering which size is the right fit for you, you can check out our size guide.
Q. Where can I view my order?
You will receive an automatic confirmation email when the order is placed, and another when the order is shipped, complete with a tracking number. If you wish to modify your order after it has been confirmed, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shipping / Delivery
Q. What are the costs, timing and exclusions of FW’s shipping?
For you, our valued customer, shipping is free on all full-price orders. If you are an investor or a member of the pro program—or ordering during a sale period—shipping costs will apply.
Delivery times vary depending on an order’s destination. The below chart gives an estimate of standard shipping times for an assortment of popular regions. Please note that these figures are merely estimates and never guaranteed; public holidays, peak season processing or incomplete shipping addresses may delay the delivery of your order.
European Union: 3 - 5 working days
Switzerland: 4 - 6 working days
Norway: 4 - 6 working days
Northeast 5 - 7 working days
Southeast 5 - 7 working days
Midwest 3 - 5 working days
West 1 - 3 working days
Alaska 5 - 10 working days
Hawaii 7 - 10 working days
You will receive a tracking number via email once your order is dispatched. If you haven’t received a tracking number after 4 to 5 working days, please contact us at email@example.com.
We only ship to the United States, the European Union, Norway and Switzerland.
Q. What is FW’s return policy?
If you changed your mind or the product ordered doesn’t match your needs, you may return your purchase within 14 days of receiving it for a full refund or an exchange. The product should be in new condition, in its original packaging and still hold its labels. If the product has been damaged, worn or has had the labels removed, it will not be possible for us to issue a refund.
If you wish to exchange an item, we encourage you to process a return and place a new order, as we cannot hold stock while an exchange is being processed. We strongly encourage you to order items with thoughtful consideration, to avoid the environmental cost of returning items to the warehouse.
Upon receiving the product you’ve returned, we will issue a full refund within 14 days. Refunds will be issued using the same means of payment as the original order.
To begin the returns process, please check this page.
Q. Does FW gear have a repair program?
We build our products to last, but if you have found the limitations of our gear, we always aim to repair, rather than replace. We offer a two-year warranty on all products from the date of purchase against defects in workmanship and materials.
Our warranty policy does not cover damage caused by accidents, improper care, negligence or normal wear and tear. We recommend that you follow the washing instructions listed on your garment.
Once we have reviewed your information regarding a potential repair, we will evaluate the best possible solution in accordance with our guidelines. We will always try to repair your garment, in an effort to reduce our impact on the planet. If the garment is deemed non-repairable, we will do our best to find an alternative solution for you.
To begin the repair process, please check this page.
Q. Does FW have a pro program?
The FW apparel pro program is a membership program for qualified mountain and outdoor professionals. We will be accepting applications for our Pro Program in the next few weeks