A guide to jacket labels: water-repellent & waterproof
by Sam Maas on Nov 16, 2021
When you’re looking for a new jacket, it’s easy to get lost between the different labels. After a long day of shopping, you’re finally set on a nice raincoat, but then you take a look at the labels… What exactly is the difference between waterproof and water-repellent? Well with our quick guide below, we’ll explain the exact difference between all those labels. At the end of this guide, you will be able to choose the jacket that matches your lifestyle in no time!
WR finish: water-repellent
A raincoat made of water-repellent fabric will keep you dry throughout lighter and milder rainy days. Water beads on the outside so it can't easily penetrate the material. There is a lot of difference between various types of water-repellent fabrics, one keeps the rain out longer than the other.
A water column indicates the number of mm of water that a fabric can withstand per m². A water column of 0 - 1,000 mm may be referred to as water-repellent. The best way to test your jacket is to hold it under the tap. This way you can check quickly if a fabric is resistant to water or not.
If you're planning to be outside during a rainstorm, a waterproof jacket might be a better match. The added pressure of an intense shower would make water seep through the water-repellent fabric. Waterproof means that no water can penetrate through the material. However, even in raincoats made of waterproof fabric, there are size differences in how much water they can hold back. Water columns indicate the waterproof classification of the fabric. In general, a water column from 1,000 mm is considered waterproof. The higher that number, the longer the jacket will be able to hold back the rain.
MVP / Breathable
Breathable fabric will make your coat feel like a second skin. This technology is also perfect for moisture management. The lightweight breathable fabric helps reduce sweat, but the moisture-wicking and quick-drying materials go even further by taking advantage of the body's natural cooling mechanism to evaporate moisture from the skin.
At Haze&Finn we’re constantly on the lookout for sustainable options to support the environment. That’s why we chose to incorporate recycled fabrics into our designs. We make it our mission to achieve a stylish look with a minimum impact on the environment.
REPREVE / Recycled petflessen
Billions of plastic bottles go into landfills every year. With the use of REPREVE fibres we commit to a sustainable approach. REPREVE is a performance fibre made from recycled materials, including plastic PET bottles. The padding of our jackets is often made from REPREVE fibres. It's a great insulation material and ties in with our commitment to a sustainable approach.
Whether a raincoat is waterproof doesn't only depend on the fabric, but also on the seams and zippers. Rain can come through the seams of a raincoat, which is why we offer raincoats with taped seams. This prevents rain from leaking through and will keep you completely dry even in the worst weather.
At Haze&Finn we have committed to becoming fully sustainable by 2025 and that’s something we want to reflect in our jackets. On top of that, we want to provide you with the sturdiest and most stylish jackets to match your lifestyle.
Do you still have questions about the different labels on our jackets? Feel free to contact us. We will be happy to assist you.