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.
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.