GUIDE TO SYMBOLS ON FUNCTIONAL OUTERWEAR
We’re delighted you found your way here! This is a guide to the different symbols we use on our garments and what they mean. Please note: we make no comparisons to garments from rival brands.
The water column shows how much pressure the fabric can withstand before water seeps in through the fabric and the coating. The water column test is a standardized test where the fabric is held taut underneath a tube. The tube is filled with water and the level of the water in the tube is measured at the point when the water starts to drip regularly through the fabric. The pressure is measured in water column millimetres.
A fabric is considered to be waterproof when it withstands a water column of 3,000 mm. Children’s garments should withstand at least 5,000 mm to keep them dry when they sit playing in puddles.
The seams of a garment need to be taped to ensure the entire garment is waterproof. Otherwise water could seep in through the holes made in the seams by the sewing machine. Clothes not intended for use in the rain, e.g. wind fleece, have untaped seams. You’ll find fully taped seams on our shell garments and most of our jackets.
There are times in your life when it’s all about crawling around caves playing hide-and-seek, sliding down rocks and building hundreds of sandcastles in the sandbox. And active children need durable clothes.
Clearly, there’s no need for outerwear for babies to be as durable as outerwear for active preschool children. Nearly all our outerwear garments are extremely durable and made to withstand ordinary play. We set high standards for durability and certain selected outerwear garments also have extra reinforcement to withstand the wildest games.
Breezy days will feel colder if you aren’t wearing windproof clothing. On mild days when you don’t need a coat, a wind fleece is a better choice than a sweater if it’s windy.
Wind fleece is windproof, but standard fleece is not. Wind blows right through standard fleece, but wind fleece is wind repellent. A hat can be windproof at the front and on the ear flaps, but not on the crown. All our outer garments are windproof.
Different children have different needs when it comes to outerwear breathability. A child sitting still will not need clothes with the same breathability as an active child who loves to run around and play.
When we talk about the breathability of a garment, we mean its ability to transport away moisture expelled from the body. Generally speaking, thin shell garments breathe better than thick, padded garments, and garments with untaped seams breathe better than fully taped garments. But what you wear under the garment also plays an important part. Wool, polyester and polyamide wick away moisture much more effectively than e.g. cotton, which tends to absorb moisture and then chills the body.