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  • Bet Our Flag Is Bigger Than Your Flag...

      

    Surfanic World Cup Football England Flag

     

    Unless you have been living under a rock, I am sure you will have noticed that the World Cup has finally arrived. We at Surfanic just couldn't wait to show our enthusiasm and support. Check out the very subtle flag now adorning the roof of our Head Office! It's near impossible to miss, and I'm sure it will be a nice welcome home reminder for those returning from their holidays and landing at London Southend Airport down the road.

    We may not have won our first game but our hopes are still sky-high!

    C'mon England!

     

    Surfanic England Flag World Cup

  • What do those numbers mean?

    Unsure about what the numbers describing snow gears waterproofing and breathability rating mean? This article will ensure you know everything you need to decipher the numbers so you can choose the appropriate waterproofing and breathability rating for your needs.

    Manufacturers typically describe the waterproof/breathability of each fabric by using two sets of numbers. The first number, in millimeters  (mm) represents how waterproof the fabric is. If a jacket is a 20k, or a 20,000mm fabric, then it can withstand a 1'' x 1'' square tube, 65.6 feet long, full of water placed on it and no water shall leak through the fabric. This means that a 10k (10,000mm) fabric can withstand a 1'' x 1'' square tube, 32.8 feet long full of water and a 5k (5000mm) fabric can withstand  a 1'' x 1'' square tube 16.4 feet long full of water.

    The second number represents how breathable a fabric is. This is expressed in grams and represents how much moisture vapour (warm air/sweat) can pass through one square meter of the fabric (from the inside to the outside) in 24 hours. This means, with a 20k fabric, 20,000 grams of moisture vapour (MVP) can be expelled through the breathable fabric every 24 hours, a 10k fabric can expel 10,000 grams every 24 hours and a 5k fabric can expel 5000 grams every 24 hours.

    This is an excellent system and ensures you stay dry from the inside and out whilst having fun in the snow.

    How is it done?

    waterproof/ breathability levels are achieved by a very technical and specialized combination of fabrics. The outer layer is usually composed of nylon or polyester and treated with DWR (durable water repellent). The inner layer is composed of a laminate membrane or coating made of ePTFE (expanded polytetrafluoroethylene)  which is in turn protected by a thin layer of polyurethane to avoid depreciation of the fabric through means of contamination (eg, oil). The membrane has tiny holes in it, small enough to not allow any liquid water through from the outside yet big enough to allow expulsion of moisture vapour from the inside.

    Which one is right for me?

    Location is a key factor here. Clothing rated between 5k and 10k offer excellent protection and are suitable for long days on the slopes in most climates yet if you are planning a trip to any of the notorious wet spots like Canada, it is definitely  worth looking at clothing with ratings between 10k and 20k.

    Price

    At Surfanic, we want all our customers to be wearing high performing, stylish gear suitable to their needs. This is why the price difference between 5k, 10k and 20k ranges from just £5 to £20, so, whether you are wanting to save some money, or get our highest performing gear, for the wettest places on land, for a fraction extra, we have something for you.

    Summary

    5k, 10k and 20k are all extremely high performance fabrics designed to keep you warm and dry from the inside and the outside, all day long. A 5k garment will be more then suitable for long days on the slopes in most climates but if you are venturing into the wetter climates, it is advisable choosing from the 10k and 20k range.

  • Washing Your Snow Gear

    At Surfanic, we make all our snow gear with ease of maintenance a high priority as to make it as easy as possible to maintain your clothing without having to buy expensive snow gear cleaners. If you have picked up a few marks on the way down to the bottom of the slope, follow these easy guidelines on washing your snow clothing in a way which will not damage the waterproof/ breathable fabric and keep it going for many seasons to come.

    The do's and do not's

    Machine wash separately
    Wash in cold water
    Use a non-biological detergent 
    Do not use fabric softener
    Do not use conditioner 
    Do not soak
    Do not wring 
    Do not use substances containing whitener or chlorine 
    Do not tumble dry 
    Do not iron
    Do not dry clean 
    Do not lay flat whilst wet
    Do not fold garment whilst wet
    Hang dry once washed
    Avoid drying in sunlight

    Follow these simple guidelines and you are free to wash your snow gear to your hearts content

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