Which filling should I choose to be sure my jacket keeps me warm?
Down and feathers are known to be good insulators, and they also offer an excellent weight/heat/compression ratio. But the degree of warmth will depend on the down/feather weight and the fill power of the jacket. Combined, they keep you warm and protect you from the cold (50% down and 50% feather filling on the body, 100 g/m² recycled wadding on the bottom of the jacket and arms, 60 g/m² on the collar).
Apart from the filling, which components will help keep me warm?
In addition to its filling, your jacket's waterproof zippers, snow skirt, collar, and adjustable hood and cuffs offer better protection against the cold for a warmer feeling.
What is a membrane and what's it for?
The membrane is a very fine component applied to the inner surface of the outer jacket fabric. This hydrophilic component prevents water from seeping in while wicking away the perspiration produced by the body. The membrane is unbeatable when it comes to staying warm and dry.
How is the water resistance of a jacket measured?
We measure a fabric's resistance to a column of water expressed in mm (based on the ISO 811 standard). The higher the water pressure, the more waterproof the fabric. A component with 8000 mm waterproofing therefore withstands the pressure exerted by 8000 mm of water.
Which parts of the jacket protect me from bad weather?
The 500 jacket was rigorously developed and assembled to prevent water from entering and to reduce wind chill, so that you can cope with bad weather (rain, snow, wind, etc.). To check that it is waterproof, this jacket was placed in a special shower reproducing the conditions a skier has to cope with. We approved this product's waterproofness by using it in different weather conditions for several days.
Why is my jacket water repellent?
The water-repellent property of a fabric is its capacity to make water run off its surface without absorbing it. This jacket is made from water-repellent materials that prolong its resistance to bad weather. The fabric is made water-repellent by treating its outer surface. However, this property may deteriorate with use.
How can I reactivate my jacket's water-repellent properties?
Did you know that water-repellent properties can be reactivated? You can use a waterproof spray to do so (sold in our stores): spray the product evenly over the entire garment, then let it dry for 10-12 hours.
What is a "breathable" jacket?
It is a product that lets the moisture produced by your body during exercise escape. To see if a fabric is breathable, we measure its resistance to evaporative heat (RET) in a standardized ISO 11092 test. The lower the RET, the more breathable the fabric. The 500 jacket has an RET of 11. But it is thanks to the hi-tech Wed'ze solutions (zippers, ventilation, mesh) that condensation is limited inside the garment and breathability is optimized.
How does the 500 jacket fit?
Slim Fit. The jacket has straight sides that remain parallel without trying to hug the shape of your bust. The inner volume allows this jacket to be worn with a first and second hi-tech layer.
How should I dress to stay warm on the slopes?
To keep warm and dry, simply respect the 3-layer rule: Layer 1, or second skin, to keep dry. Layer 2, or insulating layer, to conserve heat. Layer 3, or protective layer, to protect against bad weather.
How can I prevent snow from getting in when I fall?
The (automatic) snow skirt and adjustable sleeve cuffs prevent snow and air from entering while skiing and especially in case of falling.
How do I wash my jacket?
* Wash the jacket inside-out
* Machine wash at 30°, Delicate cycle with little detergent and no fabric softener.
* Put 2 clean, ideally white, tennis balls in the drum of the washing machine.
* Perform a second or third rinse cycle to make sure that any washing product that remains from the previous wash has been eliminated.
How do I dry my jacket?
Dry in a tumble dryer (strongly recommended)
* Use a gentle or delicate cycle.
* Warning, make sure you select a gentle spin cycle.
* Dry on several long cycles to dry completely.
* Between 2 cycles, shake the down to break up the clumps of feathers that form during washing.
If you do not have a tumble dryer, the process is longer. (drying can take 1 to 2 weeks on a dry and flat place). Make sure you pat the jacket to prevent clumps of feathers from forming (at least 4/5 times)
Where do the feathers come from?
Thanks to our traceability system, we can guarantee the origin of the feathers in accordance with our commitment to using responsible materials. Our suppliers are committed to using only feathers that come from ducks bred for their meat and which are plucked after slaughtering.
A score to compare the environmental footprint of the products
The product's environmental impact is calculated over its entire life cycle using various indicators. An overall score from A to E is given to help you easily identify the most eco-friendly products by comparing products of the same type (T-shirts, pants, backpacks, etc.).
Decathlon actively promotes this environmental rating system.
For more information: http://sustainability.decathlon.com/