Technology & Fabrics
Design and material choices are crucial to making garments that last from season to season, year to year. This is why we work with suppliers who we trust to deliver high-quality fabrics that meet our demands for functionality, durability and sustainability. Information about our suppliers and their fabrics is provided below.
Compared to previous generations, the Gore-Tex Pro laminate we now use has improved durability and 28 per cent increased breathability. Combined with the reliability of its waterproofing and windproofing, this results in better comfort in a wider range of conditions.
High-performance face fabrics, paired with the patented Micro Grid Backer technology for high internal abrasion resistance, bring a new level of comfort and protection into the world of the most rugged and breathable Gore-Tex Pro products. Gore uses solution dye for the backing, which reduces CO2 emissions and the amounts of water and chemicals used in the production phase.
Gore-Tex two-layer products offer breathable comfort and durable waterproof and windproof protection. In the two-layer construction, a Gore-Tex membrane is bonded to a soft, high-performance face fabric and then protected on the inside with a separate lining.
Most Gore-Tex durable water repellent (DWR) finishes are PFCec1 free, and Gore-Tex’ goal is for all their fabrics to be PFCec free by the end of 2023.
1 PFCec = PFC of Environmental Concern. Read more about PFC on:
Elevenate Performance Standard – EPS
We have developed the Elevenate Performance Standard (EPS) to help our customers select high-quality technical materials. All products bearing the EPS mark have been thoroughly used and abused by Elevenate’s Development Department, by us and by our Elevenate friends in the field. These garments have been put to test in every possible condition, ensuring that they meet our high standards.
EPS three layer laminates are waterproof, windproof and breathable. Shell fabrics are impregnated with a PFC-free DWR fabric finish that repels light rain and snow. In conjunction with a waterproof/breathable barrier, the DWR finish prevents the outer fabric from becoming saturated, allowing the breathable barrier to do its job.
- Windproof: 100%
- Waterproof: at least 20,000 mm
- Breathable: at least 15,000 g/m2/24h
- Fully taped seams
EPS two-layer fabrics are waterproof, windproof and breathable. Shell fabrics are coated with a PFC-free DWR fabric finish that repels light rain and snow. In conjunction with a waterproof/breathable barrier, the DWR finish prevents the outer fabric from becoming saturated, allowing the breathable barrier to do its job. The DWR finishes are PFC free.
- Windproof: 100%
- Waterproof: at least 10,000 mm
- Breathable: at least 10,000g/m2/24h
- Critically taped seams
To reinforce and protect the lower hem of our technical ski pant Bec des Rosses, we use Schoeller Keprotec reinforcement fabric, which is extremely abrasion proof and tear resistant. The fabric has a combination of high-tensile aramid fibres, such as Kevlar, and offers a high level of comfort.
Schoeller has been a Bluesign System partner since 2001, and participates in a programme aimed at actively reducing their carbon emissions and optimising energy efficiency.
Read more about their sustainability work here:
Down – 750 fill power
Down is an extremely lightweight material with outstanding insulation properties. The down and feathers we use are plucked from non-live birds in Asia. We only use white goose down of the highest quality, so that you will keep warm for years to come.
Clo Eco Vivo is a microfibre composite with great performance due to its design, and is the most breathable insulation on the market today. Clo Insulation use recycled plastic bottles in their production.
The insulation in one Elevenate ski jacket is
made from approximately seven recycled PET bottles.
The insulation is penetrated by a series of small holes that enhance breathability without decreasing the thermal performance of the insulation. These holes trap air, creating consistent warmth even in periods of low activity, while also allowing the air and water vapour to flow through them when body temperature increases in periods of high activity. The insulation undergoes calendaring to minimise the risk of migration and the small holes are spread across the insulation, providing a 4-way stretch that guarantees maximum comfort and freedom of movement.
If you want to know more, visit: www.cloinsulation.com
Thermore Ecodown offers the advantages of a synthetic insulation, with down-like puffiness and loft. It feels extra soft, providing warm and durable insulation with freedom of movement and it has great wicking properties. Ecodown features Thermore’s exclusive fibre-migration treatment, which prolongs the insulation’s warming effects. Thermore is manufactured with respect for both animals and the environment.
The Ecodown is made from 100% recycled fibre from post-consumer PET bottles. As many as ten recycled bottles have been reused in each garment. Thermore are Bluesign-certified and hold a Global Recycled Standard (GRS) certification.
If you want to know more about Thermore, check out their video material at: https://www.thermore.com/en/videos/
Tecnowool is a line of wool fabrics designed for technical performance, combining the positive properties of synthetic fibres on the inside with the natural look and advantages of wool on the outside. Tecnowool is made from 100 per cent reclaimed wool, which is not treated with chlorine. The use of reclaimed wool reduces the amount of chemicals, water and energy needed to produce a fabric.
Tecnostretch Perpetual is made from recycled PET bottles. Pontetorto has developed unique technology for converting plastic bottles into high-quality filament yarns. Products made from Tecnostretch are ideal as high-performance mid layers. They have a durable outer surface and a warm, insulating inner surface. They are fast drying and the stretch provides excellent fit.
Pontetorto fabrics are both Bluesign and Oekotex 100 certified. The recycled polyester is made from PET bottles that are primarily collected from beaches and landfills.
To read more about their extensive sustainability work, visit: http://pontetorto.it/en/sustainability/
Fellex Kapok Insulation
Fellex Kapok Insulation is made from an eco-friendly, biodegradable, natural cellulose fibre. Kapok is harvested from fast growing trees and need significantly less water than other natural fibres. Since it has anti-microbial properties it is inherently pest resistant and thus there is no need for pesticides. Due to the Kapok’s uniform hollow structure it has excellent air permeability and heating properties. It is a soft and puffy fibre which can be used as a light weight alternative to down or wool.
Merino fibres are extremely fine and far more flexible than traditional, coarser wool fibres, which is what makes Merino wool feel soft and luxuriously gentle next to your skin. It is natural and biodegradable, with natural elasticity that allows Merino wool garments to follow your movements and stretch with you yet return to their original shape. The fibres can absorb large quantities of moisture vapour then transport it to evaporate into the air. Merino is an active fibre that reacts to changes in body temperature, helping you stay warm when the weather is cold, and cool when the weather is hot.
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