The new wonder fabric is developed by Japanese textile supplier Toray who claim that being 30 percent plant-based makes it more environmentally friendly to produce than standard polyester as renewable resources are utilised in the manufacturing process instead of fossil oil.
Bergans claim that the chemical structure of the ecodear polyester used in the face fabric of the jacket is identical to conventionally produced polyester and therefore retains its technical performance levels.
The Bergans Eidjford in brief:
• 3-layer Dermizax® with ecodear® plant-based polyester
• Highly breathable
• Underarm ventilation zip & 2-way zip at the front
• Fully adjustable, helmet-compatible hood
• Front & chest pockets in mesh for optimum breathability and ventilation
• Articulated elbows for increased freedom of movement
• Tailored cuffs with Velcro adjustment
• One-hand elastic drawstring at hem
• Extended back
• Reflective logo
• Available in both men's and women's sizes
• Size: S - XXL
• Weight: 675g (Men's Large)
As with many other outdoor clothing manufacturers, Bergans are working hard to reduce their environmental impact. Their Expedition 2020 plan sets out a number of goals including having 75 percent of their products approved to bluesign standards and 70 percent of their products made of more environmentally friendly and sustainable raw materials by 2020.
The development of the Eidfjord jacket is one of their biggest efforts to help reduce the industry’s dependency on fossil fuels and forms a significant contribution towards their overall focus on sustainability.
We'll be testing an Eidjford soon so watch this space for our verdict.
The Eidjford is available to buy here