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Understand the technical features of your children's outerwear

Do you get confused when words such as Bionic-finish, breathability and water column pressure appear in a product description of children's outerwear? Then you are far from the only one! And we are here to help you better understand all these technical terms.

Water column pressure
The term water column pressure is used to determine the amount of water a given fabric can withstand without any water leaking through the fabric. The higher water column pressure value the better. And based on this we would always recommend you to choose your children's outerwear with the highest possible water column pressure. However, if your child is just 8-9 months old and not very often outside for longer periods of time, the highest possible water column pressure might not be necessary. Therefore we recommend you to consider by who and where the outerwear will be used before choosing your children's outerwear.

Overview of different water column pressure values:
  • Under 2,000 mm - water repellent but not water-resistant.
  • Over 2,000 mm - suitable for shorter trips in rainy or snowy weather.
  • Over 5,000 mm - suitable for a couple of hours play during rainy weather conditions or under extreme rainy conditions during a short period of time. 
  • Over 8,000 mm - suitable for play and stay in wet weather conditions for longer periods of time and during extreme rainy conditions for longer periods of time. 

When reading a product description of outerwear you will often meet the term 'breathable' which is an indicator for the amount of bodyheat and sweat that is released through the fabric. A given material's ability to release body heat is described as grams per square meter per day. Therefore, the higher value of breathability the better. 

Overview of different breathability values:
  • Over 2,000 g/m2/day: suitable for when the child is playing without sweating.
  • Over 5,000 g/m2/day: suitable for playing situations where the child is short of breath.
  • Over 8,000 g/m2/day: suitable for playing situations where the child is both short of breath and sweating.

Bionic-finish ECO
Some outerwear products are treated with bionic-finish ECO impregnation which is an ecological impregnation solution. This impregnation ensures that the outerwear is water and dirt repellent while leaving the outerwear breathable. Furthermore outerwear that is impregnated with bionic-finish ECO can be washed up to 20 times without washing off the great features of the impregnation. This can be ensured if you iron your outerwear after it has been washed, because the ironing of the product will re-activate the impregnation's great features. 
If you choose a piece of outerwear that has been impregnated with bionic-finish ECO you are also choosing a ecologically treated product. Bionic-finish ECO is a fluorine-free treatment which makes it the ecological choice. Fluorinated substances such as impregnations are problematic because they are slowly degradable. Also these have been connected with high risks of cancer and obesity. 
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