A more technical material as usual at Canada Goose
To have a breathable, waterproof and stretch for a light jacket, Canada Goose has employed desperate measures: they themselves invented their own material , the fabric Tri-Durance, to Torronto. It is a small feat from them for two reasons:
- it is very rare that a ready-to-wear brand invents a fabric itself, it is a highly technical task reserved for material suppliers.
- this kind of technical material is normally an Asian specialty, not Canadian.
Basically, it’s a bit their Gore-Tex home, but with two strong points:
- The Fabric is stretch in the direction of the length and width : usual, the fabrics are bi-stretch and non-stretch quad. Here you can stretch the fabric in the four directions. This is THE spot differentiating relative to competitors . The difficulty is that this stretch side can weaken the material. All the challenge was to make it resistant. Which brings me to the second point …
- Canada Goose has conducted a rolling , which consists of passing the hot material between two cylinders. This brings the water repellent properties and makes the dense material, so less prone to tearing. And here it helps to maintain and protect the breathable membrane friction.
And use, it is clear that it is a resounding success . While Canada Goose has repeatedly demonstrated its expertise indisputable for protection from the cold and snow, brand Torronto just proved that it could protect its users without problems from the rain. I tested this softshell pouring rain several times, I am always remained completely dry.
For the anecdote, it is a Canadian marathoner who tested the breathing capacity of the jacket
What uses for this softshell ?
It is not for nothing that the pictures on the Canada Goose site, the parka jackets for mens were photographed on a cross country skier (Sports unthinkable with their classic parka, you’ll get too hot, believe in my experience) because it corresponds to its usefulness for intense activities. This is also the way that Canada Goose describes his softshell: ideal for intense activities in wet weather . Basic, this jacket has definitely been designed in a sportwear context.
But we snaps agree: this jacket does not warm. It is a garment windproof and waterproof , but do not specifically protect against the cold, it was not designed for that.
I have used this softshell for skiing, as the third layer of clothing (I was underneath a t-shirt with long sleeves and a simple Uniqlo polar Decathlon), and whether on the chairlift swept by a icy wind or down, I never got too cold or too hot. This is all the more remarkable that, great beginner skier, I ski “in force”, soliciting more than I owe on my thighs, so that I can sweat easily downhill.
It was at that moment that I understood the value of a breathable garment. Canada Goose therefore did not err in stating that we could use this jacket to -5 °, since it was the temperature of the ski day. Provided of course to have an insulating layer below to well retain heat.
In sports use, so there is nothing wrong, it is a more versatile garment . I can totally wear it with a T-shirt underneath for a hike in moderate weather, wet and windy or a sweater in the snow. This is typically the kind of clothes we are glad to have for a weekend in the countryside or by the sea, with a strong possibility of rain.
But for urban use, what is it? If its a bit wide cut is quite bad for the figure, it makes very practical jacket. I have mainly served during heavy rains, when my jacket Hédus (model Lennox) was not enough. You can quite carry over to the chunky knit and make your outfit perfectly sealed. But it is a pity that the cut shoulder is not modern.
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