Fed up with your hood falling onto your nose, or preventing you from looking left and right? Wed'ze has integrated into this ski jacket a hood with double tightening designed to follow the movements of your head without hindering you for better protection against bad weather. It is compatible with helmets.
Elastane cuff to prevent snow ingress to keep you dry and warm when it snows or if you fall in the snow.
The position of the ventilation zips has been designed to facilitate manipulation, particularly when wearing a backpack that is essential to carry your safety equipment. Their location on the front also increases ventilation in use as these ventilation zips enable air to circulate. Ideally, you should open the ventilation zips before you get too hot when skiing and close them to avoid getting cold when you reduce your activity.
What should you wear under your skiing jacket?
To keep warm and dry, use the 3-breathable-layers rule: 1 ski base layer and 1 under-jacket for keeping warm, 1 ski jacket to protect you from bad weather.
The first layer
It enables you to remain dry by wicking away perspiration from the skin towards the other layers.
How can I be sure my jacket is strong enough?
We know how much energy is expended during a day's skiing or snowboarding. That’s why we take particular care in choosing all the elements that make up our products to guarantee the best possible protection.
The third layer:
Protection from the elements (snow, rain and wind) by keeping them out (while letting perspiration out to avoid being "wet on the inside"). Ideally, it will be waterproof AND breathable. The third layer can also insulate, for example trousers or lined jackets, and therefore complement the second layer.
Can I compare products' environmental impact?
"The product's carbon footprint is calculated for its entire life cycle using various indicators. A score of A, B, C, D or E is allocated to help you easily identify the most eco-friendly products by comparing products of a similar type (T-shirts, trousers, backpacks). For Decathlon, this initiative to display environmental data is a priority.
Explanatory video: https://youtu.be/8t63KkRwn_8sustainability.decathlon.com"
The second layer
To keep you warm, you will need a second layer that insulates you from the cold. That is what sweaters, fleeces and down jackets are for.
Where can I put my ski pass when taking the ski lifts?
You no longer need to get your ski pass out because your sleeve has a ski pass pocket to allow you to access the cable cars quickly
How should I dress to avoid feeling cold on the slopes?
In order to keep warm and dry, we recommend using the 3-layer rule. The principle is simple: wear 3 layers of fabric, each one of which has a particular function. Your skiing base-layer and your liner jacket must produce and retain warmth. Your ski jacket will protect you from the weather conditions. All these layers should be breathable in order to evacuate humidity.
How can I best insulate my extremities?
The finishing at the end of the sleeves has adjustable velcro fastenings to go on top of or underneath gloves, allowing better water resistance and preventing snow from entering if you fall over, or uncomfortable cold air from getting in. What's more, given that the cold is a source of irritation, Wedze has added a soft fleece chin guard that protects your face to avoid any risk of neck and chin irritation.
Built-in Recco system
With RECCO® technology, you can be located in the event of an avalanche. Someone who is equipped with RECCO® reflectors and is buried in the snow can be quickly and accurately located by the emergency services using the RECCO® tracker. RECCO reflectors are not a substitute for an avalanche beacon. RECCO technology has a complementary function, thereby increasing the chances of being found in time.
Can I be sure my jacket will protect me well in bad weather?
To tackle bad weather (rain, snow, wind), the FREE 700 jacket has been developed with a rigorous component and assembly to block the entrance of water and limit the feeling of the wind. To check it's efficiently waterproof and watertight, this jacket has been placed in a special shower reproducing the conditions a skier may have to cope with. Finally, we wore it for several days' skiing under all conditions to validate this waterproofing.
What's the point of having a water-repellent jacket?
The water repellent property of a fabric is its capacity to allow water to run off its surface without seeping in. The FREE 700 jacket is equipped with water-repellent components that prolong its resistance to bad weather. This is an additional technical solution for staying dry for as long as possible on the ski slopes. You should repeat this treatment regularly using products sold in our stores to maintain these properties.
I often hear people talk about "coated" jackets. What are the advantages of this coating?
The coating is a waterproof "substance" that is spread on the inner side of the fabric. It prevents water from seeping into the garment but allows the water vapour produced by an active body to escape. So you will stay dry and comfortable while hitting the slopes
Water often gets in through the seams. Does my jacket have waterproof seams?
As well as the waterproof material, taped seams are incorporated to strengthen the waterproofing of the FREE 700 jacket . These are waterproof adhesive strips taped to the inside seams of the garment to make it perfectly watertight. These taped seams are present on the areas most exposed to snow. These are usually located on the shoulders and chest.
What is a membrane and what's it for?
The membrane is a very fine component applied to the inner surface of the outer fabric. This hydrophilic component prevents water from seeping in while wicking away perspiration. The membrane is unbeatable when it comes to staying warm and dry.
How will my ski jacket keep me warm?
We use wadding for insulation to keep you warm. Wadding is a synthetic material with a polyester base that stores a greater or lesser quantity of air depending on the size of fibres used. There are different types of wadding, including standard, technical and siliconised, which all have different properties (warmth, lightness and suppleness)
What is a "breathable" jacket?
It's the ski jacket's ability to let moisture produced during exercise escape to the outside, to keep you dry. To find out if a fabric is breathable, its evaporative resistance, called RET (standardised test ISO 11092), is measured. The lower the RET, the more breathable the fabric. Wedze uses technical components and solutions (zips, ventilation, mesh) preventing condensation inside the garment.
How can I prevent snow from getting in when I fall?
The snow skirt is a protection system at waist level that closes with press studs at the bottom of the ski or snowboard jacket. It prevents snow and air from entering during practice, especially in the event of a fall.