Sympatex: The eco-friendly alternative for hardshell membranes

Sympatex Membranes

Mountaineering with a clean conscience: Products with Sympatex are waterproof and breathable, you can count on that! The clever membrane technology is also an environmentally friendly alternative to hardshell fabric containing PTFE. The special thing about this membrane is, that it has not pores and works with the combination of hydrophilic (water attracting) and hydrophobic (water repellent) molecules.

How does the membrane work if it has no pores?

The hydrophilic material components take the moisture that the body produces and evaporates them outside the jacket. The exchange is ever increasing, depending on how high the difference is between the temperature and moisture produced inside the jacket and the air outside. In other words: if the wearer is under strain or mountain sports makes them sweat, then the breathability increases and more body moisture is wicked outwards.
A waterproof jacket, outdoor shoes and outdoor boots will usually get quite dirty when you go hillwalking. Poreless membranes have their advantages! Their breathability does not falter, even if you are taking on terrain in unpleasant, rainy weather - they simply don't have any cavities that can get blocked up! This is also incredibly practical for kids' shoes and outdoor jackets, because your little ones can go and jump in muddy puddles without affecting the comfort of their clothing.

Decisive Advantages of Sympatex

  • The environmental aspect: As opposed to many other membrane materials, this membrane is completely PTFE free. Questionable hygiene and ecological standards related to PFC can be ruled out when it comes to the manufacture, deposition and thermal treatment of these membranes. This makes Sympatex products easily recyclable when they reach the end of their lifespan.
  • It is easy to clean! Tensides found in detergents, body oils and salts do not negatively affect the functionality of the non-porous fabric. The performance of other materials like Gore-Tex, eVent and other PTFE membranes can easily be affected with incorrect care.
  • The strong elasticity of the material gives the clothing a fantastic stretch. The wearer will not be hemmed in, as the jacket does not restrict movement and will go right along with you.

Regardless of whether it is a jacket, waterproof trousers or outdoor shoes - countless brands like Vaude and Triple2 have Sympatex products in their ranges and insist on environmentally friendly, easy to clean and above all reliable membranes.

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