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Our Technical Fabric

Fabric Structure:

Our fabric exhibits the following properties: High Tensile, Lengthening Strength, Lightweight, Water and Light Resistant, Low Colour Transfer

 

Strength and Resiliency

 

Commonly called fill, the technical name for this is warp and weft.  The strength of the warp and weft translates to the fabric’s lightweight properties, lengthening strength and tensile qualities.  The industry standard for warp to weft is 15%, but The Wild North Apparel achieves within 5% warp to weft.  What this means is the fabric in our jackets has strong tear resistance and lightweight properties, making our jackets wearable and durable in many weather conditions.

 

Water Resistant

This term refers to how much water sticks to the outer fabric.  A spray test based on a grade system is used to determine water resistance.

 

The grade system affords the fabric a number from 1 to 5.

The Wild North Apparel’s reaches a Grade 4, which means that water slightly sticks to the upper surface of the fabric.

 

Light Resistant

The technical term, ‘Colourfastness to Light’ refers to a fabric’s degree of resistance to the fading effect from light.  The industry measures this according to a grade system.  Colourfastness to light is a measure of how permanent a colour is on fabric after being exposed to light.  Both natural and synthetic fabrics are subject to discoloration through ultraviolet rays by the sun and by exposure to fluorescent light.

The grade system affords the fabric a number from 1 to 5. 

Grade 5 means no colour change and Grade 1 means a high degree of colour change.

The Wild North Apparel prides itself on using Grade 4 fabric, which means your jacket will have only minimal fading.

 

Degree of Colour Transfer

The term, ‘Colourfastness to Wet and Dry Crocking/Rubbing’ refers to how much colour transfers from the jacket fabric to other surfaces by repeated contact, tested under controlled pressure for a specific number of times.  Again, a grade system is used to measure transferability. 

The grade system affords the fabric a number from 1 to 5.

Grade 5 means no colour transfer and Grade 1 means a high degree of colour transfer.

The Wild North Apparel prides itself on using Grade 4 fabric, which means that our fabric can withstand significant contact with minimal colour transfer.

 

Degree of Colour Change From Perspiration

This is a measure of how much the fabric colour will change due to a person perspiring.

Once again, a grade system affords the fabric a number of 1 to 5.

Grade 5 means no colour change and Grade 1 means a high degree of colour change.

The Wild North Apparel uses only Grade 4 fabric, which means there will be minimal colour change over time with perspiration.

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