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Extra stretch for freer movement.

35 - Hiking

QUECHUA Forclaz 400 Women's Waterproof Hiking Rain Jacket - Blue

Designed for for the mountain hiker who wants protection from the wind and rain while having excellent freedom of movement. This waterproof women’s hiking jacket is sturdy, breathable and ventilated. Offered at a competitive price, it has another advantage: its stretch fabric frees up your movements!

Colour : Iris blue

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Waterproof 3-layer mat. (10000 mm). 100% seams, waterproof zips. Tested 3h under 100L/H/M²
Breathability Hydrophilic membrane (RET=6): limits condensation inside the garment.
Ventilation Y 28 cm ventilation zips under the arms to evacuate perspiration.
Freedom of movement Stretchable fabric (13% elastane) for optimal comfort during use.
Lightweight 550 g in size M.
Pockets 2 outer hand pockets, 1 chest pocket and 2 inside net pockets.
Anatomic design Fastening drawcord at jacket bottom. Adjustable hood. Adjustable cuffs.
Water repellent Fabric with a water repellent treatment to prevent water from seeping inside.
Sizing and fit information

Slim fit to take full advantage of the stretch element (13% elastane). Curved and feminine lines. The roomy interior of this jacket means it can be worn over a light, thin second layer such as a fleece or lightweight down jacket.

3D Hood

Attached. Height and depth adjustable with elastic draw cords and toggles. Stiff visor for maximum face protection.


2 outer waterproof zip pockets for hands.
Inside the jacket: 1 zipped chest pocket to safely carry personal objects 2 quick access net pockets (gloves, hat, etc.).

Jacket hem drawcord

Elastic draw-cords and toggles.

Wrist adjustment

Velcro tab fasteners.

Waterproof component

This garment was approved in a shower test in 100 L of water/m²/hour for 3 hours. This reproduces the conditions of a big mountain storm.
Garment's waterproof properties linked to fabric used, watertight seams and assembly process .
MH500 jacket seams are fully taped.

Waterproof zips

Waterproof zips on main fastening and 2 outer hand pockets to guarantee the jacket waterproofing.

Component breathability

To find out whether a fabric is breathable, we test its evaporative resistance or RET (based on the ISO 11092 standard).
The lower the fabric's resistance, the more water vapour generated by physical activity evaporates, and the higher the fabric's breathability. For example:
RET < 9 = extremely breathable fabric / 920 = little or no breathability.
The RET of the MH500 jacket is 6 (extremely breathable fabric).

Breathability of the garment

In addition to breathable fabrics, Quechua develops high-tech solutions (zips, ventilation, mesh, etc.) to improve the overall ventilation of its hiking jackets and overtrousers. These ventilation systems allow both temperature regulation inside the garment and help wick away perspiration generated by the body during exercise.

Component with waterproof membrane

The MH500 jacket includes a membrane.
A membrane like a very fine plastic film (polyurethane) making the component waterproof while remaining breathable. A membrane has the edge, being more supple, lightweight, durable and often more breathable than coating.
The coating is like a layer of "paint" applied on the underside of the fabric. It is often less costly than a membrane, and requires a lining for protection.

3 layers

The MH500 jacket component is named "3 layer".
The membrane is, in fact, glued between the inside and outside layers of the component (hence the name 3 layer). This construction helps the membrane last longer and boosts the component's performance.
"2 layers": the membrane is only bonded to the outer layer, the inner protective lining is "free". This construction costs less but is generally more cumbersome.

Water-repellent component

A fabric's water repellent property is its capacity to repel water, allowing it to slide over its surface. This prevents the fabric from swelling, and keeps it lightweight, breathable and warm. A fabric becomes water repellent by applying a treatment to its outer surface. This treatment must be renewed throughout the garment's lifetime (recommended after every three washes). All Quechua waterproof jackets have received a water-repellent treatment.

Additional recommended products

MH500 overtrousers to protect also the lower body and thus to enjoy a complete and effective protection against rain during your excursions in the mountains.
Care products: reproofing spray or liquid for use in the washing machine restores water-repellent properties of the fabric and optimises the performance of your garment throughout its lifetime.

Product environmental impact comparison score

The environmental impact of the product is calculated over the entire lifecycle of the product using different indicators. An overall rating of ABCDE is provided to help you easily identify products with the best environmental performance by comparing products of the same type with each other (t-shirts, trousers and backpacks). Decathlon is a voluntary actor in this environmental labellling process. For further information:

Main fabric
87.00% Polyamide (PA), 13.00% Elastane
74.00% Polyester (PES), 26.00% Elastane
Care instructions: Do not use fabric softener. Do not dry clean. Wash with zip closed.
Washing instructions
Machine wash - 30° max - normal
Do not bleach
Tumble dry - low heat
Do not iron
Do not dry-clean
Stock advice Always make sure that this waterproof protective garment is completely dry before storing it.
Test Product Our design team is based at the foot of Mont Blanc, in Haute-Savoie (France). All year round, we create and develop products that are beautiful, simple and technologically advanced. These are then ruthlessly tested in the field, as we remain convinced that only through rigorous testing under real world conditions, like the ones you will be using them in, can we continue to provide you with better products than ever.
Guarantee : 2 Years