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By focusing on durable materials which are fit for purpose we make products that last and stay out of landfills. We seek continuous improvement by incorporating innovative materials with sustainability at their core. To better understand the qualities of our garments and assess what’s right for you, we’ve created a guide to help you understand some of the more technical terms used in our product descriptions. Each of our garments is specifically optimized for its intended purpose. Take note of the below information and read our in-depth fabric descriptions to find the perfect pieces for your next adventure.
Layers & Construction
Durable Water Repellent (DWR)
Oeko-tex® & Bluesign®
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The waterproof rating (W/P) is measured using a Hydrostatic Head test. This is where the fabric is pulled tight under a 1 inch diameter sealed tube of water. This is then observed over 24 hours to ascertain how many millimetres of water the fabric can withstand before it soaks through. The level at which water starts to come through the fabric is W/P, measured in mm.
Breathability or Moisture Vapour Permeability (MVP) tests the amount of water vapour that can pass through a square meter of fabric over 2 hours, measured in g/m².
Our outerwear is split into 3 fabric categories: 2L, 3L and 2.5L. This is included in the names of the products e.g. Manifest 2L Jacket and refers to the fabric used.
A 2L garment features a 2-layer fabric e.g. WPS 2L Ottoman Recycled Yarn. A 2-layer fabric has a face fabric - layer 1 - bonded with a membrane - layer 2. 2-layer fabrics can’t be used next to the skin therefore these garments also have a lining (another fabric), as well as insulation - our warmest products use Primaloft.
Like 2L, a 2.5L garment also features a fabric comprising of a face fabric bonded to a membrane. The 0.5 layer refers to a print that is added onto this membrane to protect it so that the fabric can be used next to the skin, without need for a lining. The protective print replaces the typical fabric membrane liner seen in 3-layer garments, resulting in a lighter weight shell. Our 2.5L garments are new for 21/22 and are made from the lightest waterproof fabric in the collection.
A 3L garment is suitable for just about any conditions and features a 3-layer fabric. 3-layer fabrics consist of a face fabric - layer 1 - bonded to a membrane - layer 2 - bonded to a very thin tricot lining - layer 3. 3L garments are waterproof shells designed to be worn over insulating mid layers like the Manifest Quilted Hoodie PFL.
Our 2L, 2.5L and 3L garments are all 100% seam sealed - seams are fused with waterproof tape to prevent moisture penetration through the stitching.
Durable Water Repellent (DWR) prevents the outer layer of fabric from becoming saturated by causing water to bead up and roll off the fabric. PFC free DWR is a Durable Water Repellent coating that is free from perfluorinated compounds or ‘fluorocarbons’.
PFCs encapsulate a wide range of chemicals, some more harmful than others. Historically, ‘C8' fluorocarbons (PFCs with 8 carbon atoms) were widely used in outdoor clothing. Since these were banned, following links to health problems and environmental build up, ‘C6’ fluorocarbons have become commonplace. While these break down much faster and accumulate at a slower rate, there is evidence to suggest they can build up with a detrimental effect to the environment.
At the moment we use two types of DWR: C6 DWR and PFC Free DWR. On the majority of our garments, we use PFC Free DWR. C6 DWR is used on our most exposed products such as the Manifest 3L and Manifest 3L Tour garments. This is necessary in order to maintain our high quality standards. Our Research & Development team is working hard to phase out all PFCs from our garments and we will keep you updated on this progress. In the meantime, you can identify which of our fabrics are PFC free on our fabrics page.
DISCOVER OUR FABRICS
Many of the materials we use in our products are Oeko-Tex® or Bluesign® approved. Oeko-Tex® and Bluesign® allow consumers and companies to make responsible choices by providing independent verification of textiles' sustainable manufacturing processes. You can learn more about their rigorous certification processes at oeko-tex.com and bluesign.com. Find out which fabrics have undergone these certifications on our fabrics page here.