As the old saying goes, there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing! While we can’t influence the weather, we can protect ourselves from adverse weather conditions with the right clothing. When you’re out biking, you’re directly exposed to the elements, so the demands placed on bike wear are extremely high.
Comfort and safety have the highest priority when you’re biking. Sun, wind, rain and snow affect you more when you’re on your bike than they do when you’re on a hike. You’re moving at much higher speeds, so the wind feels colder and spray water can hit you from all sides. VAUDE has the right bike apparel for all weather conditions so that you’ll be fully protected in any situation.
In the section The Layering Principal you’ll find helpful information about choosing the right bike wear.
BIKING AS A YEAR-ROUND SPORT
Biking is becoming more and more a year-round sport. And if you want to be able to ride your bike all year round, you’ve got to have the right gear and apparel for optimal weather protection. The biggest challenge is coping with the low temperatures in winter. With our years of experience in the outdoor segment and being out in nature ourselves, you can rest assured that VAUDE is a reliable, year-round partner when it comes to bike apparel.
All Year Moab Series
Perfect weather protection, the whole year round: Thanks to the brand new VAUDE series, All Year Moab, you’ll be perfectly outfitted all year round, whatever the weather. The series includes a jacket made of stretchy softshell and Primaloft insulation, a shirt with windproof material at the front, and pants with zip-off legs and Primaloft insulation, leaving nothing to chance. Our new slogan: Enjoy the trail at any temperature!
PROTECTION FROM RAIN AND SNOW
Waterproof clothing is vital for sufficient protection from precipitation, even in bad weather conditions. There are different methods for making textiles waterproof. In general, you can either choose a membrane or a coating, and both have their own advantages and disadvantages.
A coating is a waterproof synthetic layer applied to the outside surface of an outer fabric. These garments are less expensive than those with membranes, but coatings are less abrasion resistant and therefore less breathable and waterproof.
A membrane is a semi-permeable synthetic film integrated directly into the garment. This film is extremely thin and provides 100 % protection from moisture and wind while maintaining breathability. Raindrops can’t penetrate, but water vapor can escape to the outside. Membranes don’t wash out, but they also cost more and are more expensive to maintain. VAUDE only uses PU (polyurethane) or PE (polyester) membranes, not PTFE membranes, which are commonly used on the market and which require environmentally harmful fluorocarbons (PFC).
Additional information on membranes can be found in our Sustainability Report.
Standards: Water column
Water column specifications provide information about the water resistance (waterproofness) of a fabric. It is listed in millimeters, and fabrics are considered waterproof by the DIN Standard starting at a water column of 1,300 mm.
This measurement is made by stretching a fabric under a 10 centimeter diameter cylinder filled with water. The point at which the water begins to seep its way through the fabric, determines the height of the material’s water column or waterproof rating.
All VAUDE jackets with a Ceplex membrane have a water column of at least 10,000 mm – sometimes higher.
Breathability of waterproof functional clothing – RET and MVTR values
MVTR (Moisture Vapor Transmission Rate) value: this is a measure of the permeability of water vapor through materials, i.e. how much liquid diffuses through a membrane or laminate.
In contrast, the RET value (Resistance to Evaporating Heat Transfer) indicates how much resistance a material has to water vapor.
Two fundamentally different performance indicators. While a high MVTR value certifies good breathability, the RET value is exactly the opposite.
We have decided not to communicate performance indicators on breathability for our in-house membranes.
Why did we decide to take this step?
– The added information value of these indicators is very low. Due to non-uniform test procedures (MVTR, RET) there is hardly any comparability of different products.
– In a test experiment, we sent existing products to independent test institutes and obtained different test results for the same materials. A new submission of exactly the same samples again resulted in different test results from the first test. An objective comparison was impossible.
– The performance figures given always refer to the membrane used. The key figures of the laminate, i.e. outer fabric + membrane + bottom fabric, are not taken into account.
– On the market communicated values are unique measurements and thus snapshots, no manufacturer can guarantee communicated MVTR values durably.
In order to ensure the high quality of our products, we naturally base each product on minimum requirements and test them in our in-house test laboratory using consistent test procedures.
Ceplex is our well-tested in-house membrane. We use it in our footwear as well as our apparel. It is permanently waterproof, highly breathable and windproof. It can withstand a water column of at least 10,000 mm (JIS L 1092 B).
Ceplex Active – developed by VAUDE – can be used as a membrane or as a coating. It creates permanent waterproofness with a water column of at least 10,000 mm. In addition, it’s breathable and windproof.
Ceplex Advanced membranes are permanently waterproof, highly breathable and windproof. They can withstand a water column of at least 15,000 mm.
With at least 20,000 mm, Ceplex Pro is the membrane with the highest water column at VAUDE and therefore offers the best protection against moisture; it’s also absolutely windproof and extremely breathable.
Ceplex Green is permanently waterproof, highly breathable and windproof. It can withstand a water column of at least 15,000 mm Ceplex Green is PTFE-free (Polytetrafluoroethylene-free) and 25 % of the PU (polyurethane) that was previously made with fossil fuels was replaced by renewable or recycled raw materials. This brings along considerable advantages in terms of energy and resource consumption.
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In order to maintain the function of your VAUDE weatherproof clothing, the outer material is given a factory-applied treatment – DWR (Durable Water Repellency). This water-repellent finish ensures that the apparel doesn’t absorb moisture from the outside, which would block the breathability that allows moisture produced by the body to be transported outward.
We only use our own waterproofing treatment, Eco Finish, which works without the use of environmentally harmful fluorocarbons (PFC).
COLD WEATHER PROTECTION
Regulating your body temperature is truly important when cycling. Mid-layer products such as fleece jackets or vests help keep your body warm. Highly breathable, effective insulation ensures that you don’t waste energy maintaining your body’s temperature in cold windy weather.
Primaloft® Black Insulation
PrimaLoft® Black Insulation is an insulation made of fine microfibers which is characterized by a particularly high loft, excellent thermal performance and excellent compressibility.
Primaloft® Black Insulation Eco
PrimaLoft® Black Insulation Eco is an insulation made of fine microfibers which is characterized by a particularly high loft, excellent thermal performance and excellent compressibility. This combination of 70 % recycled material and state-of-the-art fiber technology is a powerful and environmentally friendly solution for maximum thermal comfort.
Primaloft® Silver Insulation Natural Blend
PrimaLoft® Silver Insulation Natural Blend is a material combination consisting of 70 % ultra-fine PrimaLoft® fibers and 30 % fluffy-light kapok, a plant fiber from the kapok tree. These trees prosper without the use of fertilizers or pesticides, and don’t need any extra irrigation to grow. The silky fibers, which look like cotton wool and are extracted from the fruit of the tree, are also known as plant down. This biobased, sustainable material offers excellent thermal retention and is pleasantly lightweight. Two thirds of the PrimaLoft® fibers used are made from recycled PET bottles in order to conserve fossil resources.
In cold temperatures, your body loses moisture and heat into the air with every breath you take. When it’s under 10° Celsius, this effect is further intensified by wind. The temperature you feel differs significantly from the temperature actually measured. This phenomenon is known as the wind-chill effect. You’re much more likely to get frostbite in cold temperatures and strong winds than without wind. For example, at 0° Celsius and 20 km/h wind, the subjective perception of cold is -5.2° Celsius.
Windproof 80 provides 80 % windproofness that comes from the combination of an exceptionally dense fabric construction and the processing of the fabric. In windy weather, this blocks the wind out and at the same time, ensures very high breathability. In stormy weather or very cold winds, however, you should choose a higher windproof rating to protect your body from the wind-chill factor.
As the name implies, Windproof 100 is 100 % windproof. In softshells this primarily means that a windproof membrane is incorporated. The outer fabric provides protection from the elements, while the inner material insulates and retains your own body heat. This fabric is a great choice for bike tours in cool weather, but also in stormy weather.
Windproof Pro provides wind protection exactly where it is urgently needed in order to achieve an optimal microclimate for your body. 100 % windproof material is used where your body is most exposed to the wind when cycling, such as in the chest and kidney area. Less dense material (80 %) is used where high breathability is required, such as under the arms and at the back. The result is a product that is perfectly tailored to the wearer’s needs, in order to achieve optimum performance.
Products with the Windproof Green membrane are windproof and breathable. Recycled or biobased materials are used to manufacture the membrane.
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Softshells are the true all-rounders of functional textiles. They combine optimal weather protection with insulation, thus protecting against moisture and insulating at the same time. The stretchy material has a truly comfortable hand and is permanently water-repellent, wind repellent or even windproof – depending on the processing and material.
PROTECTION FROM UV RADIATION
Sunlight provides energy and consists of various components, not all of which are visible to the human eye. Ultraviolet radiation is one of these. UV radiation is a high-energy, electromagnetic radiation that can cause harm to the body in doses that are too high: ranging from sunburn to skin damage to skin cancer. The higher you venture into the mountains, the more you need to take intensive UV exposure into account. This rises with altitude (+10 to 15 % per 1,000 meters altitude) and protection against UV radiation is increasingly important. Therefore many VAUDE bike textiles offer integrated UV protection of varying intensity.
The UV protection of VAUDE clothing is classified according to the Australian/New Zealand standard AZ/NZS 4399:1996, similar to a sun cream. The level of protection is indicated by the UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) value.
Textiles with UPF 25 offer good protection during sports. A value of 25 means that only a maximum of 4 % (< 1/25) of the harmful UV rays can penetrate the fabric. This protection is achieved by the choice of fibers, weave and material thickness, or by the introduction of an environmentally friendly titanium dioxide protective grid.