Water-repellent clothing

This standard shows that the corresponding garment repels water. For clothing and other products made from textiles, it is often referred to as a 'water column'. This constitutes an important standard for determining the waterproofness or repellency of textiles. A water column is the amount of water that can stand on the fabric before it leaks through. It is indicated in millimetres per square centimetre. With a water column of zero to one thousand millimetres, the fabric may be labelled water repellent. However, this is not the same as waterproof.

Water-repellent clothing keeps you dry during a small rain shower or other slightly damp/wet conditions. Also, water-repellent clothing is ideal for stopping wind. In colder conditions, it thus also keeps the cold (which is felt quickly especially by wind) away from the body better. In addition, snow has a higher density of rain and will not penetrate the water-repellent layer because of it. Of course, it is important to note that snow does melt and can then penetrate as moisture, but generally speaking, water-repellent clothing is longer and more resistant to snow and sleet.

Water-repellent clothing can therefore be used well, for example, in winter, for winter sports activities and in cold work situations (e.g. work in a chilly warehouse). Windproofness is a unique feature of water-repellent clothing and a priority. So it also holds back water and moisture reasonably well. In the Netherlands, you can get by with a water-repellent layer of clothing in most cases, as extreme weather conditions do not occur in our country.

The quality of water-repellent clothing depends on its ability to repel water. The better the quality, the more resistant the garment is to rain and the longer the water will be kept out. However, it is advisable to replace or re-impregnate the garment after some time, as its repellency will diminish over its lifetime. Our product specialists can give you tailored advice on this.