The North Face 將帶來目前最透氣的防水外套面料
號稱透氣性是現有防水產品的四倍雖說防水面料的衣服能在戶外保護你不受壞天氣的影響，但這類服裝多半會有些笨重，而且穿起來也都不太舒適。做為知名戶外品牌，The North Face 顯然很清楚這一點，要不然他們也不會投入精力去打造 Futurelight 這項號稱是「至今最先進的防水透氣外套技術」了。按照官方說法，Futurelight 是目前穿著最舒適的防水面料。它能讓空氣更容易地穿過織物，和傳統的 Gore-Tex 相比，它在同樣的防水效能下透氣性能達到四倍。
除此之外，Futurelight 的重量也很輕，而且在製作過程中也考量了永續性。TNF 生產所有生產它的工廠都是由太陽能驅動，而且他們還加入了回收物料，並且正在著手減少化學品的消耗量。不出意外的話，Futurelight 技術將會被運用到 TNF 2019 年款的外套、手套、帳篷等新品之中，未來的適用範圍也會隨時間進一步擴大（比如防水的 T-Shirt、牛仔褲等等）。
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》何謂防水透濕？| What are Waterproof and Breathable Fabrics?
The North Face's New Breathable, Waterproof Fabric Might Be the Holy Grail of Outdoor Gear
Preparing to head into the great outdoors has always always been a delicate balancing act. You want to bring enough gear to be prepared for any weather, without overpacking and creating a heavy pack. With its new Futurelight material, The North Face believes it’s created the ultimate fabric for outdoor adventures: one that’s versatile enough to keep the wearer completely dry, while also keeping them cool and comfortable.
Making clothing that can repel rain and snow isn’t difficult. You could wrap yourself in plastic garbage bags and hike for hours without a single drop of rain getting through. But the problem with that approach is that plastic-like waterproof materials effectively block everything trying to pass through, including air and heat. I can remember wearing a rubber rain suit while working construction jobs and still finding my clothes soaking wet with sweat at the end of the day because my body was essentially trapped inside a stifling, wearable greenhouse.
Having to pack outerwear that’s suited for wet conditions, as well as garments that can keep you cool during vigorous activities, isn’t ideal when you end up carrying it all on your back. That’s why The North Face believes its new Futurelight material will be such a game-changer. It’s been engineered at the nanoscopic level to prevent water molecules from passing through, while still allowing air to move freely so the wearer doesn’t overheat. It’s a best-of-both-worlds approach that might actually deliver as promised.
To create its new Futurelight material, The North Face also developed a new manufacturing process it calls nanospinning in which a fibrous material is extruded and repeatedly layered on itself into an ultra-thin and flexible web-like structure. The unique process results in millions of nano-scale pores being produced, which allow air molecules to permeate the material, while water molecules can’t.
Another big advantage of the Futurelight material is that it’s not limited for use only on raincoats. That thin nanospun layer can be bonded to a variety of different fabrics, making almost any garment completely waterproof: be it lightweight, heavyweight, insulated, durable, breathable, or flexible. Raincoats are notorious for often being stiff and uncomfortable to wear, but The North Face could potentially use its new Futurelight material on any wearable product in its catalog, for example, a jogging suit, yoga wear, or a parka engineered to survive a trip to Everest.
So when can you upgrade your wardrobe? The North Face plans to introduce garments with the Futurelight fabric technology come the Fall of 2019 with its Summit Series, Steep Series, and Flight Series collections. But it has promised samples of the new line earlier than that, and we’re eagerly awaiting the chance to turn the hose on ourselves and put them to the test.
Original Article: GIZMODO