apparel behind the scenes
The paradigm shift regarding our technical textile range is entering its third season.
Three winters ago, we partnered with BenQ, a Taiwanese corporation that produces Xpore®, a microporous membrane using water-based glues and solvents, which makes it less harmful for the environment.
Our Xpore® outfits are PFC free, toxic free, breathable and waterproof, but they are first and foremost durable in their timeless design as are their time tested materials.
Xpore® is hydrophobic thanks to a nano porous structure, with pore size under 100nm, or 20,000 times smaller than water droplets. Its unique ultra-thin structure counts 10 billion nanopores on every square inch.
Xpore®nanopores block rain and wind but are large enough for perspiration vapor and air to pass through, making it highly breathable as well as waterproof.
Xpore® lamination on fabrics uses water-based glues and solvents, one of the only membranes that can achieve such a production process which is less harmful for the environment and human health.
Perforated FluoroCarbons (PFCs) are widely used in textiles for their hydrophobic and stain resistance properties but they are hormone disruptive and bioaccumulating. Xpore® membranes have been using less harmful PFC-free Durable Water Repellent (DWR) treatments from 2019.
Imagined, designed and tested at the very core of our Chamonix nest, our apparel Freebird Xpore® collection is made in Europe with a renewed attention to detail and responsible choice of materials.
blackcrows technical garments are meant to be simple, stripped-down design on the outside, yet shiny and joyful inside for an impeccable performance. blackcrows details and functionality allow to move forward, flowing with the intensive and natural movement of the skier, whatever the conditions.
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