Aug 6, 2021


Hardshell material

The materials belonging to this group are classic “hardshell” materials, meaning they are waterproof, windproof and breathable.

The fabrics comprise a permanently water-repellent outer shell, which is PFC-free, and a waterproof PU membrane or PU coating on the inside of the material. Depending on how the item is constructed (2, 2.5 or 3-layer fabrics), a silky soft fabric or added lining features on the inside.

Our basic TEXAPORE is waterproof – hydrostatic head (waterproof) rating of at least 10,000 mm** (roughly equivalent to 1 bar) – and breathable - no less than 6,000 g/m²/24 h*. Consequently, the material is suitable for a whole variety of activities and keeps the wearer nice and dry in downpours.

If our products are intended for more challenging trips and sports activities, we resort to using variations of our technology:

The suffix "O2+" as well as "ECOSPHERE" indicate that the material features a higher degree of breathability – 15,000 g/m²/24 h** – and is therefore suitable for more intensive sports activities. "O2+" and "ECOSPHERE" can also withstand greater water pressure – at least 20,000 mm** hydrostatic head (waterproof) rating (roughly equivalent to 2 bar).

HYPROOF is synonymous with being very waterproof, i.e. a hydrostatic head rating of at least 30,000 mm** (just under 3 bar) – no water penetrates the membrane even when put under greater pressure such as carrying a fully packed backpack.

TEXAPORE ECOSPHERE represents a real breakthrough in weatherproof clothing, as it is the first one to be made of ** 100% recycled** weatherproof material. The membrane is made of cutting waste from the manufacturing process which is reintroduced into the production cycle – a zero waste concept. The outer fabric and lining, however, are made of recycled PET bottles. In this way, resources can be used sparingly or eliminated entirely. Despite comprising recycled materials, the quality remains at the highest level and offers the great performance of Texapore O2+.

What’s more,

an adapted form of the "Texapore" and "Texapore O2+" technologies have also been incorporated into our shoes.

* JIS L 1099 B-1
** JIS L 1092