We’re big fans of Jack Wolfskin here at Adventure Travel, and on our yearly visit to outdoor trade shows we’re always impressed by the innovative thinking that goes into the brand’s products. Following a preview of what’s to come from the brand in 2018, this innovation shows no sign of letting up.
Waterproof jackets have always been key products for Jack Wolfskin, but this year the big topic is the new sustainable waterproof material called Texapore Ecosphere, as seen in the Sierra Pass Jacket (the men’s equivalent is the Sierra Trail Jacket). The Sierra Pass Jacket is a fully-featured waterproof jacket that is lightweight, understated and stylish.
It has pit zips to help with ventilation and temperature regulation, while two zipped hand-warmer pockets and an internal pocket offer a good amount of storage. There’s a decent hood and a high collar for added protection from the elements, while elasticated cuffs help keep the sleeves covering your wrists. The jacket comes in a nice, long cut and reflective strips help you stand out in the dark.
Now, onto the exciting news. As with some of Jack Wolfskin’s other new jackets, the Sierra Pass features the new Texapore Ecosphere waterproof membrane, and this is where things get interesting.
Jack Wolfskin believes that enjoying nature and protecting it at the same time should be a matter of course. As a result of that belief, they have developed a new waterproof technology called Texapore Ecosphere. This new concept forms part of the brand’s zero-waste concept and is made with 100% recycled materials (applies to the outer fabric, membrane and lining).
The outer material and lining of jackets are produced in an upcycling process from PET bottles, but now the brand is able to offer a waterproof membrane in an environmentally friendly way – by recycling the remnants of membranes from other products. The material is also completely PFC-free.
Performance in jackets sporting the new Texapore Ecosphere membrane seems to be just as impressive as the eco-credentials. A hydrostatic head rating of 20,000mm is more than adequate to deal with the heavy downpours you so often experience around the UK, and the material is said to be windproof and breathable too.