Can I be sure that my fleece is warm enough for my winter hikes?
The inside of your fleece is brushed—a tried and tested method for retaining heat. The principle is simple: the component weave is structured to add volume to trap air—naturally insulating. It is exactly the same principle as animal fur or feathers. A small extra, this jacket has cuffs at the wrists to reduce the entry of cold air.
What is the fleece component and why is it so warm?
Fleece fabric with synthetic fibres to reproduce the performance of wool: warmth, thermal insulation, and lighter. It is soft, comfortable, dries quickly, and allows the skin to breathe.
Is a soft and pleasant component fragile?
To ensure the durability of our products, we perform tests on components. We check, for example, that the fleece garments do not pill, that colours do not run, and that repeated washing does not affect the properties of the fabric.
The resistance of a fabric to abrasion is measured thanks to a test known as a Martindale test. This machine rubs a fabric sample on a reference surface with a weight at its end.
Good ventilation for optimal thermal comfort
Thermal comfort is a balance between the warmth of the garment and its ability to let the body breathe. If moisture accumulates, you will feel the cold during less active stages (breaks, downhill). We have designed this fleece jacket with intense use in mind, adding a back opening and stretch side inserts that reach under the arms. Good balance between heat/ventilation for optimal thermal comfort.
How does my fleece jacket protect me from outdoor conditions?
In the winter, you need to be protected both from dampness (snow, rain) and wind, as the latter cools the body down a lot, both when exercising and resting. We have equipped your fleece jacket with waterproof inserts on the shoulders, bottom of the sleeves, and hood. You can therefore wear your jacket in damp weather or under light snow showers.
A comfortable and practical snow hiking fleece
With its very fitted cut and stretch inserts on the side, your fleece encourages freedom of movement—essential when walking in the snow. The zipper pockets secure everything you need at hand (tissues, lip balm, gloves, keys, etc.). The waterproof hood and shoulders mean your fleece jacket is a versatile garment, half-way between a second and third layer. The essential item in your snow hiking outfit.
The perfect outfit for your snowshoe outings!
We designed this fleece jacket as part of the perfect outfit for hiking off the beaten track: the SH500 outfit. With your SH500 fleece, SH520 pants, SH520 boots, and SH500 snowshoes, you can enjoy hiking on snow in all weather conditions. Go light and well equipped!
How should I dress when hiking on the snow?
To dress correctly in the winter, no matter what your activity is, we recommend that you apply the 3 layer principle:
Layer 1: The technical base layer will enable moisture to be wicked away to keep skin dry.
Layer 2: The second layer (fleece, pullover) provides warmth and wicks away moisture.
Layer 3: The jacket protects you from outdoor conditions: rain, snow, wind.
The outfit must be breathable to wick away moisture.
How does my product warranty work?
This product is guaranteed for 2 years from the date shown on the receipt. A product covered by the warranty will be exchanged free of charge. The warranty covers product defects, excluding those resulting from normal wear and tear and improper use.
What is the environmental impact of the products and how can I compare them?
The product's environmental footprint is calculated over its entire lifespan using various indicators. A score is assigned, from A to E, to help you easily identify the products with the best environmental performance by comparing products of the same type with one another. Decathlon is committed to this approach. Find all our sustainable initiatives at http://developpement-durable.decathlon.com/