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Technology and fabrics
Garments engineered with GORE-TEX® fabric are durably waterproof and windproof, combined with optimized breathability—enduring products that maximize protection and comfort for the wearer. Multiple fabrics and construction methods include insulated, non-insulated, 2-Layer and 3-Layer constructions.
Garments engineered with GORE-TEX® Active fabrics are built for extreme breathability and ideal for highly aerobic, done-in-a-day activities.
Garments engineered with GORE-TEX® Pro fabrics are built for maximized ruggedness and are ideal for extreme and extended use. This is the most durable Gore-Tex fabric.
This membrane is an ultrathin protective layer which is laminated to a lightweight textile layer. Products made with GORE® WINDSTOPPER® fabrics are totally windproof yet deliver maximum breathability to keep you comfortable in cool and windy weather conditions.
This combination of protection and breathability minimizes the wind’s chilling effect while reducing the risk of overheating when you are active.
GORE-TEX® Shake Dry
The new GORE-TEX® Shake Dry fabric durably protect against the weather and reduce sweat accumulation in high aerobic activities. Uniquely designed, the technology eliminates the face fabric, preventing absorption of water in order to maintain comfort in high aerobic activities.
Garments will retain these attributes during use, wearers will not experience the chilling effect that can result from a wetted out face fabric, and the garment drys out fast. The excellent balance of protection and comfort allows the wearer to leave the garment on – rain or shine.
Polartec, LLC is the developer, manufacturer, and marketer of Polartec® performance fabrics. Polartec® products range from lightweight wicking base layers, to insulation layers, to extreme weather protection and are utilized by the best clothing brands in the world.
Polartec® Thermal Pro®
Thermal Pro® creates air pockets that trap air and retain body heat, providing outstanding warmth without much weight. These fabrics offer excellent breathability and dry quickly.
Polartec® Power Stretch®
A breathable, body-hugging, 4-way stretch, one-side fleece designed to keep you drier when you sweat and provide warmth without added weight. Outside face is smooth to provide better freedom
Polartec® Power Stretch® Pro™
Polartec® Power Stretch® Pro™ is engineered to push the performance of the base stretch fabrics even further. By reinforcing the elastic fibers on the exterior surface Polartec® enhanced the overall 4-way stretch for more support and stability during movement.
This unique construction allows for increased resistance and durability against the elements without sacrificing breathability or comfort. Polartec® Power Stretch Pro™ is constructed with a Polyamide outside for long lasting durability.
Polartec® Alpha® starts with a highly efficient insulation fabric, which is based on the Polartec® Thermal Pro® High Loft technology platform. This technology is uniquely suited to create warmth without weight, and exceptional breathability, compressibility and dry times via high loft fibers in a low density knit.
A Polartec Alpha garment can be worn in both the "stop" and "go" phases of outdoor activities. Current market synthetic insulations are not breathable enough to handle the "go" phases of most backcountry pursuits. They are typically additional garments that must be carried for use during static period. Polartec Alpha excels at providing comfort for users on the move.
Polartec® Power Grid™
This patented grid design structure is a new way to reduce fabric weight while increasing warmth and compressibility. Open air channels surrounding each individual segment of grid allow easy release of all excess body heat as it builds during activity.
The grid construction enhances both wicking efficiency and breathability by generating channels of targeted touch points that absorb and diffuse moisture vapor for faster evaporation.
PrimaLoft®is a patented microfiber, that gives great thermal insulation to help the body maintain its temperature, minimizing energy loss. Extremely light, water repellent, soft and compressible, and originally developed by the US Army to replace natural down. As down absorbs moisture, it becomes wet and loses its thermal-insulating abilities. PrimaLoft® absorbs three times less water, is 14% warmer when dry and 24% warmer when wet, than the competitive insulation.
dri™1 is constructed with face fabric laminated to a printed membrane on the backside. Without needing a liner, it is a soft, ultra lightweight, low-volume protective material using a hydrophilic system of moisture transportation rather than hydrophilic holes. Suitable for biking, walking, hiking and other outdoor sports where it’s important to shield the body against rain and wind. Uses fluorocarbon-free membrane and DWR.
dri™3 is a 3-layer, ultra-thin, non-porous, hydro¬philic membrane that provides high levels of waterproofness and breathability. Most Fluorocarbon-free membrane and DWR. This fabric is often more stretchy than other known waterproof membranes.
flex™1 is a single ply stretchy fabric that provides wind and water repellency while allowing improved moisture vapor transportation rates compared to waterproof products. These specially designed fabrics have all the attributes we expect in a Soft Shell: stretch, water resistance, wind resistance, and excellent moisture vapor transportation.
A super comfortable combination of full weather protection and the comfort of stretch. driflex3 is a special 3 layer stretchy, non-porous, hydrophilic membrane utilizing a stretch woven face fabric, a printed PU membrane featuring quick drying technology and a micro polyester backer.
Our down products use the highest available down quality that we can find, which is a by-product of the food industry (in contrast to being killed just for insulation). Our down comes from the mountains of the Pyrenees in France, and all treatment of the birds complies with European standards, and the highly specialized washing of the down passes the Oeko-Tex 100 standards.
Our down™750 means down fill power from 750 to 800 cu in/oz with the percentage of down cluster from 93–96%.
Our down™900 means down fill power from 900 to 950 cu in/oz with the percentage of down cluster from 93–96%.
Aquaseal® zippers are a recent addition to YKK's watertight and water repellent product line. They are perfect for all sorts of gear where water and air tightness is a must. Smoother and more flexible, they offer optimum protection thanks to the film coated tape and the innovative zip element mechanism that seal the zipper completely. This is the first truly waterproof zipper provided on Norrøna products.
pureOrganic™ Cotton and BioNylon®
is produced without the use of harmful pesticides, harsh chemical bleaches or dyes and is allergy-free. Today Norrøna uses 100%
organic cotton in all of our cotton products.
PureRecycled™ is a form of recycled polyester added to pureOrganic™ cotton for extra strength, durability, and faster drying.
BioNylon® is a highly sustainable biomass fabric made of castor bean – a crop which requires just a fraction of arable-land. The production of the yarn
allows a significant reduction of carbon dioxide, in addition, to considerably reduce CO2 during the dyeing process.
The fabric offers the usual assets of PA such as hard-wearing properties, good flexibility, and comfort, but with shorter drying time.
Pertex Quantum® uses incredibly fine yarns, precisely woven to provide a very lightweight yet strong and durable fabric. Its softness allows down and synthetic insulation to fully loft, while the downproof construction prevents the down from leaking through the face. The fabric is windproof.