Materials

Materials

KANUK FABRICS

All of our fabrics have been factory-treated with a C6 water repellent coating (C6 DWR for "durable water repellent"). C6 coatings do not persist in the environment, as opposed to the older C8 (C6 and C8 indicate the length of the carbon string in the chemical formula for the protective coating.) There are two types of fabric lamination: hydrophilic and hydrophobic. Many companies use fabrics with hydrophilic lamination. This technology yields impressive breathability numbers, but does not offer the same comfort as hydrophobic fabrics. Indeed, hydrophilic fabrics breathe through chemical diffusion. The membrane doesn't have any pores, but it attracts the water that passes through it into its molecular spaces. A drawback of this technology is that the fabric must be saturated with water in order to breathe. This level of humidity greatly impedes comfort. Hydrophobic fabrics repel water and breathe through micropores in the membrane. Heat from the body creates pressure inside the garment. Vapour molecules pass through the pores without dampening the membrane, since it is hydrophobic. This technology breathes "dry", which offers superior comfort. Microporous coatings, like laminations, have many microscopic holes. These pores are large enough for vapour molecules to pass through, but too small for water molecules to penetrate. Vapour produced by the body can therefore escape but rain cannot seep in. Even at rest, the human body sweats a lot.

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  • STURDY TASLAN NYLON

    100% nylon with microporous, hydrophobic lamination. Waterproof rating 10000 mm/Breathability rating 5000 gr/24hrs. Exceptionally sturdy, high-performance fabric. 100% windbreaking, waterproof, and breathable.

  • GABARDINE

    100% nylon with microporous, hydrophobic coating. Waterproof rating 5000mm/Breathability rating 5000 gr/24hrs. Sturdy, comfortable fabric. 100% windbreaking, waterproof, and breathable.

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  • STURDY SEMI-MATTE RIPSTOP NYLON

    100% nylon with microporous, hydrophobic lamination. Waterproof rating 10000mm/Breathability rating 5000 gr/24hrs. Light, high-performance fabric. 100% windbreaking, waterproof, and breathable. Models made with this fabric: Météorite, Sutton, Tremblant, Kuujjuaq M & F. Light ripstop nylon; 100% nylon. Exceptionally light fabric. Excellent windbreaking properties, very good breathability.

  • NYLON MICROFIBER

    100% nylon with microporous, hydrophobic lamination. Waterproof rating 10000 mm/Breathability rating 5000 gr/24hrs. Flexible, light, sturdy, high-performance fabric. 100% windbreaking, waterproof, and breathable.

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  • POLYESTER MICROFIBER

    100% polyester. Very light and flexible fabric. Excellent windbreaking properties, very good breathability. Models made with this fabric: Solstice, Polaire, Graphite, Onyx, Graphite. Mini Ottoman: 100% polyester with with microporous, hydrophobic lamination. Flexible, light, and high-performance fabric. 100% windbreaking, waterproof, and breathable.

  • JACQUARD KNIT CAMO PATTERN

    59% nylon, 41% polyester with microporous, hydrophobic lamination. Waterproof rating 10000 mm/Breathability rating 5000 gr/24hrs. The camo pattern is knit into the fabric. Flexible, light, and high-performance fabric. 100% windbreaking, waterproof, and breathable.

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  • 4-WAY STRETCH TAFFETA

    85% nylon, 15% lycra with microporous, hydrophobic lamination. Waterproof rating 10000 mm/Breathability rating 5000 gr/24hrs. Flexible, light, and high-performance fabric. 100% windbreaking, waterproof, and breathable.

KANUK INSULATIONS

Warm, versatile, and durable, there are now two categories if Kanuk insulation to satisfy our different types of clients and their specific needs. Kanuk only uses the best insulation on the market. For more active people, or those that live in wetter climates, we always recommend our renowned synthetic insulation since it conserves its insulating properties even when wet. In terms of natural insulation, we now offer an innovative and high-performance product, Thindown.

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  • SYNTHETIC INSULATION

    CLIMASHIELD THERMO (Continuous fibre insulation)

    Featuring a weave of continuous 3.5-denier filaments, THERMO is the most durable synthetic insulation on the market. The hollow fibres make for a warmer material that is more resistant to compression. THERMO is our high-loft insulation. 100% polyester.

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    THINDOWN

    A revolutionary innovation, ThinDown reinvents down by eliminating its drawbacks and multiplying its advantages. Perfectly even and requiring no stitching, Thindown will never escape from its seams. Moreover, there is no thermal loss from seams; at equal weight, it is warmer than traditional down. Thindown is very sturdy and easy to maintain (machine-washable). 85% down, 15% polyester, perfectly stabilized between two fine layers of 100% polyester. Technical data: Thindown thermal tests, undertaken by IDFL & CTT labs.

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