The Cascades Jacket marks a milestone in our company. Not only is it our official foray into sourcing sustainable materials, but it is (in our opinion, based on fact) the best product that we’ve ever made.
Our Cascades Jackets are made from 100% recycled water bottles. This means that the jackets first went into the world as water bottles, where they were then recycled, ground down, turned into a “polyester” thread, and turned into our jackets.
While sewing these water-resistant jackets, tiny holes are made from the needles, leading to thousands of opportunities for water to enter the jackets. However, during the finishing of the manufacturing process, the seams of the jacket are steam-sealed, further securing the water resistance of the jacket.
These jackets are water-resistant, not waterproof. With an everyday jacket, you need breathability along with your water resistance. To have a full waterproof jacket, it would be made of something like rubber, and that wouldn’t be very comfortable.
The Cascades Jackets have a 10,000mm water resistance rating with 5,000g/m² breathability. These are lab-defined ratings that could use a bit of demystifying. In determining the water-proof rating, a tall one-inch tube is secured atop a swatch of our fabric. The column is filled with water until it starts to leak. In our case, the water reached a minimum of 10,000mm (32 feet!). This is done with a computerized machine, rather than in a 32-foot high room, but the scientific results are the same.
Like waterproof ratings, breathability ratings are determined in a laboratory. It is expressed in terms of how many grams (g) of water vapor can pass through a square meter (m2) of the fabric from the inside to the outside in a 24 hour period. The larger the number, the more breathable the fabric. So, in our 5,000g/m² Cascades Jacket, 5000 grams of water is be able to pass through a square meter of the fabric in 24 hours. This illustrates that while our jackets have an excellent water-proof rating, they won’t trap in too much heat or moisture during your activities.
The premium recycled fabric used in our Cascades Jackets, along with the steam-sealed seams and premium construction are the behind-the-scenes reasons why we are so proud of these jackets. The fabric, construction, features and innovations (like the pillow conversion) integrated into these jackets are why we are calling this our best jacket yet… Yet!