Engineered Stretch Down Jacket
The Engineered Stretch Down Jacket is a stitchless down jacket using a weave fabric with tubes as opposed to the traditional approach of stitching two pieces of fabric together. By doing this, we are able to create a down jacket that has seamless 4-way stretch properties enabling increased mobility for the athlete. By removing the stitching, the jacket also becomes more durable.
This amazing new stretchy, matte, weatherproof material is created by weaving two pieces of fabric at the same time on complex machines. Every inch or so, the machines weave the two pieces of Poly/Elastane 4-Way Stretch - 85% nylon/15% elastane together. The end result is a sheet of fabric with rows of empty "tubes" in it. For simplicity, we refer to the two materials being "welded" together: to "weld" means "combine and form a harmonious or effective whole ".
The Engineered Down Jacket uses water repellent 750 down fill, with a 90/10 down to feather ratio. We stuff this inside the woven tubes made of a 4-Way stretch hybrid material and free from wind, this down gets to shine. We then add taped YKK AquaGuard Zippers that keep the wind out and skier specific features, like a removable, helmet-compatible adjustable hood, google wipes, pockets where you need them, and waist adjustments. The jacket, free from stitching, is the most durable insulated jacket we've ever made. Prior to this approach, we would use stitching which pops, rips, and tears and inevitably lets wind, water while the down simultaneously starts to leak out.
Improved Outer Shell
We've used matte-style durable stretch weave with a Durable Waterproof Coating that gives the jacket a 90/10 rating meaning that 90% of the fabric is free from the water after being sprayed and it will withstand that performance after 10 washing machine cycles.