Can I be sure that my fleece is warm enough for my winter hikes?
The inside of your fleece is brushed – a tried and tested method for retaining heat. The principle is simple: the component knit is structured to add volume to trap air, which is naturally insulating. It is exactly the same principle as animal fur or feathers.A small extra, this jacket has cuffs at the wrists to stop cold air from entering.
What is the fleece component and why is it so warm?
Fleece fabric with synthetic fibres to reproduce the performance of wool: warmth, thermal insulation yet still lightweight. It is soft, comfortable, dries quickly and lets the skin to breathe.
Is a soft and pleasant component fragile?
To ensure the durability of our products, we perform tests on components. For example, we check that the fleeces do not pill, that colours do not run and that repeated washing does not affect the properties of the fabric. The abrasion resistance of a fabric is measured by a test called the Martindale test. This machine rubs a sample of the fabric on a reference surface with a weight at the end.
Good ventilation for optimal thermal comfort.
Thermal comfort is a balance between the warmth of the garment and its ability to let the body breathe. If moisture accumulates, you will feel the cold during the less active phases (rest, descent).We have designed this fleece with intense use in mind by adding a back opening and stretch side inserts that reach under the arms. Good balance between heat/ventilation for optimal thermal comfort.
How does my fleece protect me from outdoor conditions?
In winter, it is important to be protected from both moisture (snow, rain) and wind, because the latter can significantly cool the body, regardless of whether you are physically active or standing still. We have equipped your fleece jacket with waterproof inserts on the shoulders, bottom of the sleeves and hood. You can therefore wear your jacket in damp weather or under light snow showers.
A comfortable and practical snow hiking fleece.
With its very fitted cut an stretch inserts on the side, your fleece encourages freedom of movement, essential when walking in the snow. The zipped pockets keep everything that needs to be at hand safe (tissues, lip salve, gloves, keys...). The waterproof hood and shoulders mean your fleece jacket is a versatile garment, half-way between a second and third layer. The essential item in your snow hiking outfit.
The ideal outfit for your snowshoe outings!
We designed this fleece as part of the ideal outfit for hiking off the beaten path: the SH500 outfit. With your SH500 fleece, SH520 trousers, SH520 boots and SH500 snowshoes, you can enjoy hiking on snow in all weathers. Travel light and with the right gear!
How to dress properly for snow hiking?
To dress properly in winter, whatever your activity, we recommend using the 3-layer principle:
layer 1: The high-tech base layer transfers moisture away from the body to keep your skin dry.
layer 2: The second layer (fleece, sweater) provides warmth and transfers moisture outwards.
layer 3: The jacket protects you from the outdoor conditions: rain, snow, wind.
The whole outfit must be breathable in order to eliminate moisture.
How does my product warranty work?
This product is guaranteed for 2 years from the date shown on the sales receipt. A product covered by the warranty will be exchanged free of charge. The warranty covers product defects, excluding those resulting from normal wear and tear and improper use.
What is the environmental impact of the products and how can you compare them?
A product's environmental impact is calculated over its entire life cycle using various indicators.
A score from A to E is produced to help you make a responsible choice.
This rating is used to easily identify the products with the best environmental performance.
This is done by making a comparison between products of the same family (e.g. backpacks).
Decathlon is a voluntary supporter of this environmentally-friendly labelling approach.