All waterproof garments are subjected to stringent test methods to ensure they keep the rain at bay. Membrane technology offers high levels of waterproofing whilst also being very breathable.
The Sympatex performance membrane is a micro-fabric that is laminated to a textile base to provide a barrier against moisture. The secret of the Sympatex membrane is its functionality based on its composition, making is perfect for motorcycle riding. This non-porous membrane (non-porous meaning no holes unlike porous membranes like Gore-Tex) functions solely according to physiochemical principles. The hydrophilic (water attracting) elements of Sympatex absord or transfer moisture, in the form of vapour, from the body. This chemical reaction increases as activity levels rise and so offering dynamic levels of breathability while you are riding.
The non-porous stucture also includes hydrophobic elements that detract water and so forming a barrier against water ingress, making the garment waterproof. Sympatex is used within our premium waterproof garments like the Sympatex Explorer Jacket and Sympatex Light Jacket.
Other waterproof garments, such as the Acton 2 Jacket, use a TriTex Waterproof membrane that offers high levels of waterproof performance and breathability.
Garments are constructed using a Z-Liner which means that the waterproof membrane is placed between the outershell and the inner lining. This forms a barrier against water moving through to the garment and on to the rider. The outershell will be treated with a water repellent coating to prevent water soaking in to the fabric.
In addition to the membrane technology, we also do additional work with the construction of our pockets, cuff areas and jacket heams to prevent water ingress and maintain high levels of performance. All of our cuff and hem inner areas use an anti-wicking material to prevent water soaking in to the linings. Open the pockets and if you see a 'Waterproof' tab then you know the pocket has been constructed to keep the contents inside dry.