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POLARN O. PYRET TESTS – WATER RESISTANCE

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March 10, 2017 by Polarn O. Pyret

Polarn O. Pyret takes product safety and quality very seriously. Our clothes should be made of quality fabrics that are comfortable and durable; in other words, they should live up to your expectations. Our products undergo rigorous quality-assurance tests. Only the best garments are allowed to go into production.

When it rains
Rainproof garments can be made of different materials, which are more or less suitable depending on your child’s level of activity. If your child spends a lot of time sitting still, traditional rainwear is a good choice and if your child is very active, waterproof shell garments that breathe are a better option. To find out more about traditional rainwear and shell garments, please take a look at our comparison here.

Our waterproof garments have a membrane on the back of the outer fabric that consists of microscopic pores. The pores are too small for water droplets to force their way through. This makes the garment waterproof. Water resistance is measured in water column centimeters, which show how much pressure the fabric can withstand before water seeps in through the water-resistant membrane.

A garment is considered to be waterproof when it withstands a water column of at least 300 cm. If children are to stay dry – even if they sit playing in puddles – their garments should withstand at least 500 cm. A garment also needs taped seams in order to be completely waterproof. If the seams are not taped, water droplets can force their way through the tiny holes made in the fabric by the sewing machine.


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