We Give You the Knowledge to Keep Your Family Warm
When we read a description for a jacket or pant we are interested in, our mind thinks it sounds warm but is it really? The technology used today states this coat has Omni Heat, or Gore-Tex, and Dryride? But as consumers, it’s hard to know what those terms actually mean. I’ll go over what you should look for in coats when looking at insulation and waterproof capabilities. I’ll even define those extensive words so you feel confident with your purchase for you or your loved ones! The science behind our winter apparel is cool! All of these terminologies are defined on our website; we just want you to have them at your fingertips.
-“Think breathable space blanket. This proprietary, thermal-reflective insulating system from Columbia is up to 20% warmer than other traditional. Select Columbia products have 35% of their liner surface covered in tiny, reflective dots that reflect body heat generated by the wearer. Essentially this system allows the user to help generate their own warmth. The remaining material is an ultra-breathable, moisture-wicking material that helps disperse moisture and any excess heat. Look for this lining in Columbia coats, pants, and even gloves.”
–“Gore-Tex® has been a leader in premium waterproof fabrics for decades. These fabrics are created by laminating waterproof layers to durable textile fabrics, creating a water and windproof barrier. The outer layer of this membrane is made up of billions of microscopic pores per square inch that is tens of thousands of times smaller than water droplets. This construction allows vapor to pass through the fabric while keeping any external moisture from entering, making it a perfect material for a variety of outdoor sporting goods.”
- "DryVent fabrics are designed to be fully waterproof, windproof and breathable. The outer face of the textile is treated with a durable water repellent finish that helps form droplets and repel water from the surface. Each multi-layered textile is engineered to allow water vapor to pass through from the inside to the outside.”
- “Durashell™ is Burton’s proprietary waterproof, breathable shell fabric. A multi-layer design similar to other technical outerwear materials, the outer membrane of this fabric is water and windproof, but also gas permeable. This quality allows the garment to maintain a level of breathability, even in harsh weather. The inner layer has a hydrophilic coating that helps to draw excess moisture and heat away from the body. This technology is backed by Burton’s DRYRIDE seal of approval, meaning it’ll keep your kids dry and warm throughout the day."
–“HydroBlock is a waterproof and breathable coating that is exclusive to the Obermeyer brand. Featured on much of their outerwear, from toddlers to adults, this polyurethane coating is designed to keep you warm, dry and comfortable. The microporous nature of this coating allows any garment it is applied on to keep a great level of breathability. This is especially important when skiing or engaging in other active winter sports, as sweat can drastically lower your core temperature if it is not allowed to evaporate."
- “This extremely durable water repellent finish, or DWR, is used on the majority of Spyder's junior and little kids outerwear. Not only does this coating help keep your kids dry, it also protects against water and oil-based stains. Spylon maintains up to 80% of its repellency even after 50 cycles through the washer. Letting kids be kids is easier knowing that their jacket or pants can stand up to anything they dish out."
We know how important it is for our customers to stay warm and dry all winter long. We are always here to answer questions you may have about certain items. We hope these brand specific terminologies help you in making your next purchase!
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