WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A “WATER-RESISTANT” AND “WATERPROOF” GARMENT?
A water-resistant garment uses fabric with a water-repellent coating but is not completely impenetrable by water. Water-resistant garments will provide protection from limited precipitation but not for example, heavy rain, wet snow or full submersion in water.
A fully waterproof garment means no water can pass through the fabric or seams. Two of the main ways to check if a garment is waterproof are a) if the seams are fully taped or b) has a waterproof rating, measured in millimetres (see Glossary of Terms for ‘Hydrostatic Head’). For example, our Waterproof Smock Jacket has an HH rating of 10,000mm which means it is suitable for use in heavy rain
WHAT ARE THE RECOMMENDED WASHING INSTRUCTIONS FOR MUD & BLOOD APPAREL?
For our waterproof garments, we recommend washing them once a month. More often if you have been sweating heavily. Dirt and grease can damage the fabric membrane inside. In extreme circumstances, you may even need to re-proof the fabric. Waterproofing agents are readily available online or at your nearest outdoor retailer.
Here are the general washing instructions for all Mud and Blood garments:
Wash at a maximum temperature of 40˚C
Do NOT bleach
Do NOT tumble dry
Do NOT iron
Do NOT dry clean
DO ALL MUD & BLOOD PRODUCTS HAVE A GUARANTEE?
All Mud & Blood products are covered by a 1 year guarantee. Should any product develop a manufacturing or material fault within the first year, please return them to us with proof of purchase and a completed returns form. For more information, please see our returns policy. The guarantee does not cover accidental damage, normal wear and tear, misuse, or damage from laundering. In some cases, with damage not covered by our guarantee, we are happy to assist you with finding a repair solution.
HOW DO I FIND OUT WHAT SIZE I AM IN MUD AND BLOOD PRODUCTS?
WHERE ARE YOUR PRODUCTS MANUFACTURED?
We are a UK company but have a long-standing partnership with our factory in China, as well as established relationships with other specialist factories around the world. For more details, please see the product packaging or care labels.
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DWR (Durable Water Repellent)
This is a coating added to fabrics to make them resistant to water.
Hydrostatic Head (HH)
The measure of how water-resistant a fabric is. This is measured in the number of millimetres (mm) of water the fabric can withstand before it begins to leak. The way to test this is to place a column of water (1 inch in diameter) over the fabric. The higher the Hydrostatic Head value, the more water pressure it can withstand.
The measurement of the amount of vapour which passes through fabric. Normally stated for waterproof garments, alongside the HH rating. Measured in grams per meters squared over a 24-hour period (g/m2/24h)
A type of sheep in which the merino wool fibre is taken from. The merino sheep is built to withstand extreme conditions, making their wool one of the best natural insulators. In addition to this, it’s soft, lightweight, breathable and naturally anti-bacterial.
Woven fabric, often made of Nylon, using a special reinforcing technique designed to resist tearing and ripping. Normally used for products such as waterproof jackets, bags and shoes. The fabric can be identified by the raised, crosshatch pattern woven within.
An eco-friendly, renewably sourced polymer used in the Sustans™ filler for wadded jackets. Thanks to its spherical structure, it provides outstanding heat retention, maintains its shape and is extremely lightweight. It also boasts a hand feel close to natural down.
Tape made of strong nylon cloth with a very thin yet heavy-duty waterproof rubber backing is used to seal off the seams of the garment. For a garment to be considered ‘waterproof’, taped seams must be used because needle stitching leaves holes for water to seep through.
A coating applied to a fabric to make it resistant to wind, whilst maintaining its breathability.
An innovative way of manufacturing garments almost free of seams. Specialist seamless knitting machines almost eliminate the need to produce and then sew together pieces of fabric. This benefits the wearer with an engineered fit and a significant reduction in chafing.
One of the leading manufacturers of zips and fasteners, designed to withstand the normal wear and tear expected in all types of sporting activities.
A type of water-resistant zip manufactured by YKK and constructed with Polyurethane laminated tape. The most commonly used zipper solution for waterproof and water-resistant garments.