Waterproof Clothing Buying Guide
Here at Regatta, we pride ourselves on providing high-quality waterproof clothing which is designed for anyone to use. Our latest waterproof collection has been created to provide maximum comfort and style while exploring the great outdoors, with the added edge of using the latest technologies to provide unrivalled performance. By using waterproof, breathable, moisture wicking and active stretch fabrics, Regatta waterproof clothing enables our customers to explore in all weather conditions.
|RATING||LOOK OUT FOR||RESISTANCE|
|3,000mm||Isotex||Fabric can resist 3,000mm of water pressure|
|5,000mm||Isotex 5000||Fabric can resist 5,000mm of water pressure|
|10,000mm||Isotex 10,000||Fabric can resist 10,000mm of water pressure|
|15,000mm||Isotex 15,000||Fabric can resist 15,000mm of water pressure|
|20,000mm||Isotex 20,000||Fabric can resist 20,000mm of water pressure|
Our level of waterproofing is often shown as an Isotex level. All of our isotex products are waterproof, but the higher the isotex number, the more pressure it can withstand.
With a waterproof hydrostatic head of 3000mm, the waterproof performance keeps the water out whilst the hydrophilic breathability system allows inner moisture vapour to escape.
ISOTEX 5000 - 15000
Isotex 5000 - 15000 fabrics are waterproof, breathable and windproof; the hydrophilic breathable system allows inner moisture vapour to escape. Designed to keep you dry and comfortable outdoors.
ISOTEX STRETCH 5000 - 20000
Isotex Stretch fabrics are waterproof, breathable and windproof; the hydrophilic breathable system allows inner moisture vapour to escape. Designed to keep you dry and comfortable outdoors whilst the active t stretch yarns give greater comfort and movement.
A waterproof and breathable lightweight fabric range designed to keep you dry and comfortable outdoors. Isolite 5000 has a hydrostatic head of 5000mm.
What Is DWR?
Durable water repellent fabric is often confused with waterproofing. Fabric treated with our DWR finish will cause water to bead on the surface, so instead of soaking through the garment, the water or rain should gather on the surface and roll off the fabric.
Regatta Waterproof Jackets
When products aren’t water repellent they can ‘wet out’ in the rain. This makes them heavy and cold to wear. Water repellency is the ability of water to bead of a fabric surface. We test our fabrics by spraying them with a shower system to see if the water penetrates or sits on the surface. These are then rated by the amount of drops being absorbed. 100% water repellency is written as 100 ISO 5.
How We Test Our Waterproof Jackets
We test our fabrics by spraying them in a shower system to see if the water penetrates of sits on the surface. These are then rates by the amount of drops being absorbed.
What Makes A Jacket Waterproof?
We use Polyurethane Hydrophilic backed coatings which makes the waterproof coating breathable from the inside of the fabric, hence moisture vapour transmission can take place. The coating is applied via different methods, either by liquid scraper or lm/laminate method, both of which are applied to the back side of the fabric. In both methods the coatings are applied following technical specifications set within the fabric technical department. We also apply a water repellent coating to the face side of the fabric, which prevents it from wetting out.
It is also important to look out for whether the jacket your are buying has taped seams.All products stated as waterproof must have taped seams. During the production process seams create thousands of needle holes that water can penetrate through. In order to prevent this a thermoplastic tape can be applied over the seam using heat and pressure. This process will seal the seams keeping the wearer dry and warm.
Breathable fabrics are tested for moisture vapour transmission to ensure that vapour can pass through the material easily from the inside. Breathability is achieved by the use of Hydrophilic coatings or membranes. These allow moisture to pass through the fabric, which is known as moisture vapour transmission. We use Polyurethane as our Hydrophilic component. For Isotex/Isotex 5000 we will apply a Polyurethane (PU) coating. For our more technical Isotex 20,000 fabric we use a Polyurethane (PU) membrane. The membrane is bonded to the fabric and yields more superior breathability. This makes our Isotex 20,000fabric 30% more breathable than the standard Isotex family.
Elasticated & Adjustable Cuffs
All of our waterproof jackets and coats feature either elasticated or adjustable cuffs. This is to prevent water dripping down your sleeves. On a lot of Regatta lifestyle jackets these are underneath the outer cuff, so as not to compromise on the design. This is another feature that makes our lifestyle waterproof jackets stand out when compared to a lot of high street equivalents.
How To Wash & Maintain Your Regatta Waterproof Jacket
Our waterproof clothing usually consists of an inner membrane or coating, which provides waterproofing, and a textile outer layer normally treated with a DWR finish, known as the water-repellent finish. Understandably it may not be clear how to maintain such products. Cleaning a garment reduces dirt, sweat, salts, bacteria and many other items of debris, which can reduce the performance of a technical garment. Over time the original DWR finish on the surface of the garment can wear, which then causes water to gather on the surface of the product, known as wetting out. This wetting out causes a number of issues; reduced breathability, increased garment weight and slower drying time prior to being stored. Reapplying a DWR finish will improve performance of your garment to its original state and extend the usable life of the garment. All our products come with information on the exact fibre content of fabrics which are confirmed on their care label in line with EU regulations, along with detailed garment specific washing and care instructions. Please make sure you read these care instructions to get the most out of your jacket. If you have a Regatta store nearby, please pop in and buy some spray on waterproofer and wash in waterproofer to extend the life of your waterproof jacket.
Regatta Waterproof Trousers
Waterproof Trousers: How We Waterproof Them
ISOLITE/ ISOLITE 5000 Fabric
Our range of waterproof trousers are made from Isolite fabric. Isolite offers the same stalwart protection as Isotex, but with the added benefit of being lightweight. This means moisture vapour will still be able to escape, thanks to the Hydrophilic backed coating applied inside the trousers during the manufacturing process, ensuring maximum breathability.Isolite 5000 fabric has a hydrostatic head of 5000mm. Trousers with this technology are designed to keep you dry and warm outdoors, however we’ve been mindful to make these pants as easy to pack and fold as possible so that they’re invaluable for activities that require this level of protection, such as camping.
Regatta Hydrafort fabrics are both waterproof and windproof. This means they aren’t as thin and easily packed away as our Isolite / Isolite 5000 trousers nor do they offer the same level of breathability.
If it doesn’t have taped seams - it’s not waterproof. We apply a thermoplastic tape over the thousands of stitches our waterproof pants consist of, shielding the tiny holes made in the stitching from water seeping through as well as helping defend against harsh winds.
Elasticated & Adjustable Cuffs
Our collection of waterproof pants feature either an elastic or adjustable cuff, helping to prevent water finding its way up your lower leg as you splash through puddles whilst cycling or running. It’s also handy incase you need to tuck the end of your trousers into your wellies, for complete protection from the weather.
Rainsuits / Puddlesuits - Keeping Your Child Warm & Dry
ISOLITE / ISOLITE 5000 Fabric
Isolite / Isolite 5000 is our lightweight variant of our Isotex fabric, it’s both waterproof and breathable. This makes our rainsuits even easier to pack away or carry along in a rucksack, without compromising on any of the quality water prevention and heat distribution technology.
We’ve paid special attention to the lining on the inside of our kids’ puddle suits, of which there are three different types of lining within our collection - fleece, polyester taffeta or mesh. This provides you with the flexibility to choose the rainsuit best suited for your child, whether that be something lightweight and airy or nice and cosy.
Water Repellent Finish
During the manufacturing process we apply a durable water-repellent finish to the surface of the outer layer of our Isolite fabric, to give our suits that extra bit of stopping power against water.
Taping the seams is an essential part of waterproofing clothing. This means we’ve applied thermoplastic tape over the areas of stitching, however we also go the extra mile by being aware of how many different areas we stitch on our garments in the first place, taking care to minimize the amount of vulnerable surface areas left in the fabric as a result of thousands of tiny holes caused by stitching.
Elasticated Grown-On Hoods & Cuffs
In order to prevent water from getting in through the collar, our rainsuits feature tall collars attached to grown-on hoods. This high-rise collar protects the neck against the wind and rain direction, whilst the hood snugly protects the hair and eyes.
All of our products come with a 12 month guarantee, and our Isotex products come with a 3 year guarantee. Our Isotex fabric is waterproof, breathable and windproof to keep you dry and comfortable in the Great Outdoors! We’re sure it will offer you ultimate protection that we offer a 3 year guarantee with all our Isotex products. In the unlikely event of a fault developing with an item we will arrange a replacement or provide goods of the same value as the faulty product. Once you’ve received your item fill in the register guarantee form online to make sure your product is covered