All of our fabrics are treated with a C6 fabric protector in the factory (C6 DWR, which stands for “durable water repellant”). Unlike the old C8 protectors, C6 protectors do not remain in the environment. (C6 and C8 refer to the length of the carbon atom chain in the chemical formula of fabric protectors.) There are two main laminate categories: hydrophilic and hydrophobic. Many companies use fabrics with hydrophilic laminates. This technology enables manufacturers to post impressive breathability numbers, but it does not offer the same level of comfort as hydrophobic laminates. Hydrophilic laminates breathe through chemical diffusion. The membrane has no pores, but it attracts moisture, which travels through its molecules. One drawback of this technology is that a fabric must become saturated with water in order to breath. This level of moisture greatly reduces comfort in contrast. Hydrophobic laminates repel water. They breathe via the presence of micropores in the membrane. The heat generated by the body generates pressure inside the garment, and the vapour molecules travel through these micropores without wetting the membrane, because it is hydrophobic. This technology breathes “dry” and therefore delivers increased comfort. Microporous coatings (like the laminates) are full of microscopic holes. These pores are large enough to dispel the vapour molecules but too small to allow water molecules in. This is what enables the vapour from the body to escape while preventing rain from penetrating. Even at rest, the human body emits a great deal of perspiration.
Warm, versatile and durable
Kanuk now offers two categories of insulation to satisfy all types of clientele and their needs. Kanuk uses only the best insulators on the market. For more active individuals or those who live in damper climates, we still offer our renowned synthetic insulators, which conserve their insulating properties even when wet. We also now offer the Thindown, an innovative and highly efficient product.