MEC Alpine Refuge Jacket - Women's
For high-mountain adventures where efficiency and speed are worked into the plan. This ultra-light storm shell has been stripped-back to essentials. With a design that's compact enough to ride unnoticed on your harness or in a corner your pack, it offers storm-proof protection if the sky cracks open your contingency plans are called into effect. The stretch fabric provides both generous mobility and exceptional breathability, with an inner hydrophilic membrane that pulls moisture outward and allows you to drop the hammer and keep moving yet stay dry for the duration.
- 3-layer Toray Dermizax NX stretch nylon uses an outer DWR coating and fully taped seams for extreme wet-weather protection. The inner hydrophilic membrane effectively moves moisture outward during high-output climbing, skiing and hiking.
- Adjustable helmet compatible hood.
- Fleece chin guard on interior of collar prevents chafing.
- Uretek coated zippers for are fully weatherproof.
- Minimalist design with two hand pockets and 1 interior chest pocket.
- Chest pocket functions as a stuff sack and has a loop that allows it to be clipped on with a biner.
- Adjustable draw cord hem and Velcro® cuffs keep water out.
- Length is below hip to fit smoothly under a harness or pack.
Technical garments, designed for specific activities have features that aren’t always adaptable to general use. For example, cycling clothing is longer in the back and arms. Activity aside, the fit of MEC clothing falls into these categories:
|Technology||Toray Dermizax NX|
|Face fabric||Nylon + polyurethane|
Fabric waterproof rating
The standard test for waterproof fabrics uses a standing column filled with water. The figures given are the water column height. A rating of 3,500mm or higher can be considered waterproof. The higher the rating, the more durable the waterproof fabric will be over time.
Waterproof garments use waterproof-breathable technologies and are fully seam-taped. Water-resistant garments use waterproof-breathable technologies but their seams are not taped. Weather-resistant garments repel water and protect against wind but are not made of waterproof fabric.
|Waterproof with fully taped seams|
Fabric active breathability
The rate at which a waterproof breathable fabric expels moisture when the inner surface is moist from perspiration. Values under 8,000g/m2/24h provide low performance, 20,000g/m2/24h provide moderate performance and values over 30,000g/m2/24h provide high performance.
A windproof garment does not allow any air to permeate the fabric. A garment with windproof panels has panels of fabric that are totally windproof, but the rest of the garment may not be windproof. A wind-resistant garment resists some wind, but not as much as a garment that is windproof.
Durable water repellency
Usually referred to as DWR. A treatment made to fabrics that causes water to bead and run off instead of soaking through.
|Additional feature(s)||Stuffs in own pocket|
- Measure fullest circumference, keeping tape up under arms and across shoulder blades.
- Natural waist
- Measure at the narrowest circumference of your waist.
- Stand with feet together and measure at fullest circumference.
- Arm length
- Bend elbow gently, then measure from centre of back of neck out to point of shoulder, down to back of elbow, and forward to wrist.
- Petite arm length
- Bend elbow gently, then measure from centre of back of neck out to point of shoulder, down to back of elbow, and forward to wrist. Petite size garments are also proportionally shorter overall. Not all styles are available in 'petite'.