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The windblock collection for extreme winter running. Fully seam sealed, wind and water proof. With stretch and breathability for the avid runner. Fabrication is Thermal Wind Block, 83% polyester/17% PU. 285 g/m, Air Permeability = 0, Breathability (MP) = 15,000, Waterproof (WP) = 20,000, Celsius, 86% polyester/14% spandex, 275 g/m. Premier windproof, waterproof, breathable, stretchable fabrication. Fully seam sealed with waterproof zipper and internal membrane. Dry-cut draft flap and pocket construction. Off-set shoulder and side seams. Side pockets, with secondary music pocket in wearer’s left pocket. Articulated arms, fitted neck, shaped cuff, and slim silhouette. 360 reflectivity.
This jacket breaks the wind, then packs into a pocket. Vented, reflective and music-friendly, it is a must-have for every runner. The pocket “pouch” has NB logo, a two-way zipper, and a hanging loop. Additionally, the pocket features back vents and an inner pocket for music.
Poly/tricot fabrication. Exposed center front full zip. Self waistband and cuffs. 2-panel hood with adjustable drawcord. Exposed kangaroo hand pockets with bar tacks and mini pocket. Contrast stitching detail.
A fantastic run jacket for seasonal transition and the harsh winter climate. Storm ShelterTM is a quiet fabric, made to keep out the rain without making a lot of racket as you move. This great jacket also has fully-sealed seams, side zip security pockets, a drawcord waist, and stretch cuff gaiters at the wrist for added protection. The jacket is semi-fitted, saving room for free movement without extra bounce or bulk. You’ll love the way it fits and how it performs on the road in any kind of weather. A secret media pocket let’s you jam as you jog and protects your MP3 from the elements. (more…)
The waterproof and breathable New Balance® NBx Storm Striker women’s jacket keeps you protected from the elements during your next run. It features a removable volume-control hood that provides additional coverage, while the reflective details enhance visibility for nighttime running safety.
New Balance Men’s NBx Waterproof Storm Striker Jacket is an incredibly lightweight jacket that is both waterproof and breathable. The super-stretch jacket is fully seam sealed with a waterproof zipper and internal membrane. The 3-panel hood has an adjustable front closure and detachable magnetic hood packs into the side zip pockets.
Gore-Tex is a waterproof/breathable fabric, and a registered trademark of W.L. Gore & Associates. It was co-invented by Wilbert L. Gore (1912-1986), Rowena Taylor, and Gore’s son, Robert W. Gore for use in space. Robert Gore was granted U.S. Patent 3,953,566 on April 27, 1976, for a porous form of polytetrafluoroethylene with a micro-structure characterized by nodes interconnected by fibrils. Robert Gore, Rowena Taylor, and Samuel Allen were granted U.S. Patent 4,194,041 on March 18, 1980 for a “waterproof laminate.” For its invention, Robert W. Gore was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2006.
Gore-Tex is manufactured from polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). PTFE is made using an emulsion polymerization process that utilizes the fluorosurfactant PFOA, a persistent environmental contaminant. As Gore-Tex is PTFE-based, PFOA is used in its production.
Gore-Tex materials are typically based on thermo-mechanically expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) and other fluoropolymer products. They are used in a wide variety of applications such as high performance fabrics, medical implants, filter media, insulation for wires and cables, gaskets, and sealants. However, Gore-Tex is best known for its use in protective, yet breathable, rain wear.
The simplest sort of rain wear is a two layer sandwich. The outer layer is typically nylon or polyester and provides strength. The inner one is polyurethane, aka PU, and provides water resistance, at the cost of breathability.
Early Gore-Tex fabric replaced the inner layer of PU with a thin, porous fluoropolymer membrane (Teflon) with a polyurethane coating that is bonded to a fabric, usually nylon or polyester. This membrane had about 9 billion pores per square inch (around 1.4 billion pores per square centimeter), each of which is approximately 1/20,000 the size of a water droplet, making it impenetrable to liquid water while still allowing the smaller sized water vapour molecules to pass through.
However it was found that when used in clothing the exposed Teflon membrane layer was easily damaged, as well as being compromised by exposure to the wearer’s own sweat. As a result a third layer was added - a coating of PU on the inside of the fabric to protect the membrane. This final design has been criticized as offering greatly reduced performance and more marketing benefits than performance ones.
More recent fabrics such as eVent and Epic avoid the need for this inner PU coating and have been shown to have higher breathability as a result, while still being rainproof.
Protect yourself from the elements during your outdoor training in the ASICS® Storm Shelter WPB men’s jacket. It features a fully seam sealed waterproof and windproof construction that prevents rain and wind from holding you back. The reflective piping across the front and back seams provides enhanced visibility for low-light running safety.
The Mizuno Atlantis WP running jacket features a waterproof, breathable ZAMZA shell. D.F. Cut design for less friction. Back zipper storage pocket. Reflective logo and accents front and back. 100% microfiber stretch polyester. Imported.