For the first time, the brand has extended its award-winning COLOURKIND™ dyeing technology to include waterproofs, thanks to an exclusive partnership with GORE-TEX®. COLOURKIND™ partnered with GORE-TEX® features in the new Island Peak range of men’s and women’s four season walking jackets and is part of MADEKIND™, Berghaus’ ongoing project to reduce the environmental impact of its activities.
Berghaus COLOURKIND™ is a fabric dyeing technology that is kinder to the environment, with a particular focus on water. Compared with regular processes, Berghaus COLOURKIND™ fabric dyeing uses fewer stages, resulting in savings of 89% in water usage, 63% fewer chemicals used, and a 60% reduction in CO2 emissions. This is done by adding colour to the nylon chips before they are extruded into fibres, which also results in a higher quality fabric with improved colour fastness.
Working closely with GORE-TEX®, Berghaus has now used this ground-breaking technology to bring a new waterproof fabric innovation to the outdoor market. Exclusive to Berghaus, COLOURKIND™ partnered with GORE-TEX® is a new fabric that is 100% waterproof, while also being kinder to the environment. The fabric combines a waterproof and breathable 2L GORE-TEX® membrane with a 40 denier ripstop nylon COLOURKIND™ face.
For autumn/winter 2016, COLOURKIND™ partnered with GORE-TEX® features in the Island Peak collection of men’s and women’s all season walking jackets. The range includes: the men’s Island Peak 3-in-1 Hydroloft jacket (£320); the men’s and women’s Island Peak jackets (£220); and the men’s and women’s Island Peak 3-in-1 jackets (£280).
Each product in the Island Peak collection is designed for year round walking in all weathers and is constructed to Gore's Extreme Wet Weather standard, with a comprehensive set of considered features. As well as the new COLOURKIND™ face fabric on the jackets, Berghaus has also taken environmental impact into consideration when choosing other materials that make up the garments. In the Island Peak 3-in-1 Hydroloft® jacket, the Hydroloft® Elite in the inner features 50% recycled fibres, and recycled fleece is used in the men’s and women’s Island Peak 3-in-1 jackets.
Berghaus launched its MADEKIND™ initiative in spring 2016. To earn the MADEKIND™ tag, products must meet at least one of three criteria: be made out of a bluesign® approved fabric; be made using the award winning COLOURKIND™ colouring process; or be made using recycled materials.
The Berghaus Island Peak jackets, along with the full autumn/winter 2016 collection, are available from www.berghaus.com and selected specialist outdoor retailers now.