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The Fair Wear Foundation is an independent, non-profit organisation that works with companies and factories to improve labour conditions for garment workers. Currently there are 80 member companies, based in seven European countries, which represent over 120 brands.

There are many aspects to being a member of the Fair Wear Foundation, however some of the basic principles are expressed in their 8 labour standards:

  • Employment is freely chosen
  • There is no discrimination in employment
  • No exploitation of child labour
  • Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining
  • Payment of a living wage
  • No excessive working hours
  • Safe and healthy working conditions
  • Legally-binding employment relationship

There is no certification process which claims to cover all of these at every factory that a manufacturer may use, rather there are ongoing reports which are published at fairwear.org for anyone to look at.

The following brands that we stock are members of the Fair Wear Foundation: Deuter, Häglofs, Mammut and Mountain Equipment

Glossary - Fleece

Fleece is a synthetic fabric that is warm, stretchy, quick drying and made from Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) or other synthetic fibres. First made at the Malden Mills in 1979 as 'Polar Fleece'. Outside Gear Article: Fleece

Glossary - Lycra

Lycra is the brand under which Invista markets spandex in the US, the UK and many other countries (it is also known as elastane and various other names). Spandex fibre was first developed in 1958 as a replacement for natural rubber in corsetry, where its elastic qualities were desirable. Its name is an anagram for 'expands' and it certainly does that, stretching to 7 times its initial length.

Spandex fibres are never used on their own but blended with other fibres to give fabrics stretchy properties. As little as 2% can make a huge difference to the feel of a fabric, adding comfort, fit, shape retention, durability and freedom of movement.

logo Glossary - Power Dry

Polartec's Power Dry is a fleece style fabric which has been designed to be the ultimate cool weather base layer. It features a patented bi-component knit construction which employs different yarns on the two sides. On the skin side a high number of 'touch points' absorb sweat away from the body, on the other side a high surface area knit spreads the moisture out allowing it to evaporate at least twice as fast as cotton.

Unlike dense fleece, Power Dry is highly breathable and is comfortable to wear next to your skin. It is so effective that it has been adopted by all of the top technical outerwear manufacturers.

The Mountain Equipment Switch Vest

The Switch is a hybrid vest, that combines Polartec® Alpha insulation and a windproof Helium 30 shell for the front with stretchy Polartec® PowerDry® 225 panels on the side and back. The result is a lightweight, slim-fit vest which maintains core temperatures in cooler weather, but remains breathable and dries incredibly quickly. It's a versatile layering piece which packs down into a pocket, making it an ideal choice for an additional layer on quirky summer days too.

  • Weight: 240g
  • Hybrid vest
  • Polartec Alpha insulated core with lightweight Helium 30 shell
  • Active Fit
  • Flatlocked seams
  • YKK centre front zip
  • 2 zipped handwarmer pockets
  • 1 zipped Napoleon pocket
  • Double layer collar
  • Packs away into hand pocket with karabiner carry loop
  • Shell Fabric: 34g/m2 20D Helium 30 (100% polyamide)
  • Insulation: 60g/m2 Polartec Alpha (100% polyester)
  • Side and back panels: 224g/m2 Polartec Power Dry (93% polyester, 7% elastane)

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