We measure the resistance of a fabric to water pressure expressed in mm of water column (based on ISO 811 standard). The higher the water pressure withstood by the fabric, the more waterproof it is.
Here are the waterproofing ratings:
Component resistant to water pressure of 2000 mm after ageing (5 washes). This equates to 2000 Schmerber - average pressure exerted by the water during rain.
The jacket's waterproof was tested in a rain shower with 60 litres of water / sqm / hour for 2 hours.
Waterproofing 2/2 - Technical features of the jacket 300
- Water-repellent coated fabric (water runs off the fabric)
- 100% waterproof seams
- Adjustable jacket bottom with elasticated cord
- Sleeve ends adjustable at the wrist with rip-tab strips.
- Zip fastening protected by internal and external zip flaps.
- Collar height (back) of 11.5 cm
- Injection-moulded plastic zip to avoid salt oxidation
The hood cannot be stored in the collar. The collar is then closed by an injected plastic zip to avoid salt oxidation.
Completely depth and height-adjustable hood: adjustment on the back of the hood and around the neck
Visor with a headband to provide a high level of protection and better maintenance.
The chin-high neck effectively protects the lower part of the face.
Two pockets on the front of the jacket, for your VHF, sail tie, cap, etc. Injection-moulded plastic zip to avoid salt oxidation
One interior pocket on the right of the chest to store your phone or other items, closed with a zip
WARNING: the pockets are NOT WATERPROOF
Front zip closure
Using a zip on the entire jacket length with an interior channel (flap) that protects against the wind and water. The exterior flap reinforces the protection to avoid any water ingress with the zip and guarantees a better waterproofing level.
Soft fabric flap on the top of the collar to protect the chin.
Protection - sleeves
At the end of the sleeve there is an adjustable sleeve with a rip-tab. It lets you adjust the sleeve to your arm length, but also stops air and water coming in.
To easily remove the jacket, open the sleeves
To find out whether a fabric is breathable, we test its evaporate resistance or RET (ISO 11092 standard). The lower the fabric's resistance, the more moisture is evaporated, and therefore the higher the fabric's breathability.
We consider that if:
RET < 9 = very breathable fabric
9 < RET < 12 = breathable fabric.
The Sailing 300 vest’s RET is 12.
Water-repellent properties information
A fabric is water-repellent when water slides off the surface of the fabric, without seeping in.
Your jacket does not become waterlogged and remains lightweight and breathable. The water-repellent properties are achieved with a treatment applied to the external side of the fabric, but in practice these properties can be altered.
The water-repellent properties can be reactivated by putting the jacket in a drier for 10 minutes at the lowest temperature.
How to wash your jacket?
To maintain the water repellent properties, infrequent washing is recommended.
Close all zips and flaps, empty all pockets and then turn the garment inside out to wash it. You can wash it on a synthetic cycle at 30°C or 40°C with your usual detergent. Do not use fabric conditioner, which could damage the existing performance of the garment, or bleach. Very important: choose a full rinse cycle or extra rinse.
HOW TO REACTIVATE THE JACKET'S WATER REPELLENCY
Drying is a crucial phase in reactivating the water repellent treatment.
We recommend that you lay your jacket flat on a clothes rack and leave it out to dry in the open. Caution: never dry your jacket directly on a radiator.
Then place it in the tumble dryer on a short synthetics cycle, i.e. 10 to 15 minutes, before turning it back the right way round. Caution: do not over-dry the garment.