Feathers or fiber ... What to choose?
One of the most common doubts that we find when buying mountain pants is whether these should be made of feathers or, on the other hand, if they are to be made of synthetic fibers. Both fabrics have different characteristics that make them more or less recommended based on the benefits you need.
Calmness and compressibility, virtues of the down
One of the main arguments to choose the pen is the great warmth that these pieces provide us with respect to their homonyms of fiber. In fact, the warmth that the pen offers us has not yet been surpassed by any other synthetic fiber in the market.
Another determining factor when choosing the pen is its ability to expand after being compressed. To measure this, the volume occupied by an ounce of the pen in question is calculated and the result is measured in cooks. The feather cookie capacity has not yet been exceeded by any other fiber, so that feathery pants will always be hotter, lighter and with less volume once compressed than those made with any synthetic fiber.
The response to water and the water-repellent treatment
The main problem of feathered garments is that if they become wet they take a lot of drying and the feather loses its properties in hardening. To combat this limitation, what is known as the hydrophobic treatment of the feather, a technology based on an antimicrobial and antibacterial polymeric treatment, has been developed that achieves that the pen responds better in conditions of humidity. In this way, it is given greater hydrospray to these pieces.
The virtues of fiber
One of the main differences in the use of fiber with respect to those manufactured with pen is that they do not lose properties when they get wet, becoming very interesting pieces for use in environments with a high humidity index, with Very likely precipitation or in those activities in which you feel very much.
Another important aspect when choosing them is the weight of the fiber. Its importance is double: on the one hand, it determines the warmness of the piece in question, since the greater the density of the fiber fabric, the greater the thermal insulation capacity that the piece will offer us.
On the other hand, the weight of the fibers will also determine the weight of the trousers, since the greater this greater indicator will be the weight of the piece in question. The importance of this aspect is determined by the competition that fiber pants hold with their homonymous pen, whose lightness is an aspect that fiber has not yet managed to overcome.
Waterproofing, a determining factor in the choice.
We will find a wide range of models that will guarantee us a very interesting waterproofness when it comes to enjoying the outdoor. This impermeability lies in its membranes, the element that provides them with protection against water. To be able to measure if these fabrics provide us with a correct impermeability, it is advisable to consult the water column indicators of the piece in question.
The water columns are the indicator that is used to measure the waterproofness capacity of a fabric. This indicator takes into account the pressure exerted by a water column on a material and the resistance it offers before it collapses and the impermeability of the fabric is compromised. According to the ISO 811: 1981 standard, a fabric is considered impermeable when it exceeds 10,000 mm of water columns.
In the field of waterproof membranes there is a wide variety, although Gore-Tex is probably the most prestigious and renamed one of them. We will be able to find several of its variants when looking for our technical mountain pants, such as the Gore-Tex Pro membrane, the Gore-Tex 2.5 L with Paclite technology or the Gore-Tex Khumba. We will also find other membranes such as the HyVent or the Proof.
Find your mountain trousers for men
Hiking, trekking, climbing, mountaineering, skiing, ... practice the activity you practice in our home trousers collection, you will find the models you need to enjoy the outdoor with the best of the benefits.
Are you looking for high mountain clothes?
If you need some high mountain pieces for activities such as alpine climbing or mountaineering, do not miss our collection. These models are characterized by being especially resistant, with a special reinforcement in the zones of greater abrasion and to provide a greater thermal protection.
We also have pieces for men for other high mountain activities such as alpine climbing. It is usual to find models that incorporate the softshell fabric in its construction, as it gives them a special resistance and breathability, at the same time an optimum parabente capacity.
Other men's trousers
In our collection you will also find men's trousers for other activities, such as trekking, hiking, mountain skiing or trail running. Practice the activity you practice, we have what you need!
Do you need some women's trousers?
Outdoor enthusiasts also have their place among our products and that's why we offer a wide range for women ranging from the most technical to the most functional and versatile models. Do we take a look?
One of the great attractions of our collection of women's trousers is the models designed for trekking and hiking. In this field you can find from the most exclusive that incorporate the best impermeable and breathable membranes to the most functional and versatile.
If, on the other hand, what you are looking for are technical mountain trousers for activities such as mountaineering or alpine climbing, do not miss our collection of women's trousers and you will find models that will delight of the most demanding mountaineers.