Quechua jackets

Our technology
TO FIGHT
bad weather

 
 
 
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Waterproofness

EFFICIENT PROTECTION AGAINST BAD WEATHER IN THE MOUNTAINS, KEEPS OUT WATER ( RAIN, SNOW, HAIL, DEW, HUMIDITY)

OUR COMPONENTS

We measure the fabric resistance with a water pressure expressed in mm of water column ( tests based on the ISO 811 norm). The higher the pressure, the more the fabric is considered waterproof. A component with a 2000mm waterproofness will resist pressure of 2000mm of water (the equivalent of a two-hour rainfall).

ALL OUR JACKETS ARE WATER-REPELLENT

The water-repellent capacity of a fabric is its capacity to let the water slip on its surface without absorbing it. The water-repellency capacity is procured by a treatment on the outside of the fabric. This treatment needs to be renewed during the clothing’s lifetime (we suggest every 3 washes). All Quechua raincoats benefit from a water-repellent treatment.

 

OUR SHOWER TEST

Each jacket is validated in a shower test under a certain amount of litres per m2 per hour during a few hours (according to specificities). This test recreates a more or less important storm in the mountains.

Conseil déperlance

HOW TO REACTIVATE THE WATER-REPELLENCY OF A JACKET?

 

Your hiking jacket seems less waterproof than when you first used it? Don’t worry, here’s how to give it back its initial performance!

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Ventilation

VENTILATION ZIPS UNDER THE ARMS OR ON THE CHEST TO FACILITATE SWEAT EVACUATION

ROLE OF THE COMPONENT

Capacity of the product to release the vapor created by the body. In addition to the breathability of the fabrics used, Quechua is developing technical solutions (zippers, aerations, mesh…) that improve the overall ventilation of all our jackets made for hiking. These ventilation systems allow for temperature regulation inside the jackets and to facilitate evacuation of sweat formed by the body during physical efforts.

Ventilation

THE FABRIC

To know if a fabric is breathable, we measure its RET evaporation resistance ( test based on the ISO 11092 norm). The lower the resistance, the more the fabric allows the vapor generated by the body in activity to be released, thus making it more breathable.

  • For example:
  • RET < 9 = extremely breathable fabric
  • 9 < RET < 12 = very breathable fabric
  • 12 < RET < 20 = breathable fabric
  • RET > 20 = not or less breathable fabric

Croquis veste

MEMBRANED OR COATED COMPONENT

To make a fabric waterproof, there are two solutions:

The coating: it's a waterproof material spread on the inside of the fabric. It stops the penetration of water inside the item but can release the vapor formed by the body during physical efforts so you remain dry.

The membrane: it is a film applied on the inside of the fabric. It is waterproof and stops water coming from the outside but evacuates the sweat created by the body as it moves. The membrane is more flexible and durable than the coating.

Laboratoire
Profil témoignage

Jehanne,
Textile designer

The most important thing in my job is to visually transcribe the 3 main functions of the item so that the sportsmen and women understand them instantly.

After the briefing with the product manager, I get my inspiration from the textile market but also from the environment in which the product will be used: here, the mountains.

Then I use a map of the body to determine where I need to place the seams in order to ensure freedom of movement during the hike. I suggest a few ideas that I then study with the prototype maker and the product engineer.

I keep in mind the general design directions to ensure visual coherence of the product within the brand.

 

LIGHTWEIGHT

EACH COMPONENT IS DESIGNED TO OPTIMIZE THE WEIGHT OF OUR JACKETS

WEIGHT DETAILS

Hikers have to carry all of their equipment during physical effort. That’s why we design our products so that they are lighter and lighter and they ensure greater freedom of movement.

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MH500 women’s jacket,
470g, size M, 100 euros
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