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Wind Protection

In cold temperatures, the body loses fluid and heat to the environment with every breath. This effect is further enhanced by wind, at less than 10° Celsius. The temperature felt differs significantly from the temperature actually measured. This phenomenon is known as the wind chill effect. Frostbite can also occur much faster in cool temperatures and strong wind at the same time than without wind. For example, at 0° Celsius and 20 km/h wind, the subjective feeling of cold is only -5.2° Celsius.


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.

Advantages & Disadvantages of Hardshells

Hardshells are functional jackets consisting of several layers that feature a membrane or coating that makes them waterproof and breathable at the same time. This means they provide perfect protection against wind and weather. They are absolutely waterproof, windproof and breathable. In addition, they are characterized by their durability. However, the material feels less soft to the touch and maintenance is somewhat more complex.
Find women's hardshell jackets and men's hardshell jackets in the VAUDE Shop.

Advantages & Disadvantages of Softshells

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 feels very pleasant to the touch and is permanently water-repellent, windproof or even windproof, depending on how it is processed. However, they’re not absolutely waterproof.

Recycled Softshells

A comfortable microclimate and climate protection in one – VAUDE‘s next generation softshell offers high performance paired with first-rate weather protection, while conserving valuable resources as well. This is because the softshell is not only highly breathable, wind repellent and water repellent, it is also made from at least 50 % recycled PET bottles. This ensures optimal protection for you and, at the same time, makes a valuable contribution to protecting our planet.

Find women’s softshell jackets and men’s softshell jackets in the VAUDE Shop.


Mass Balance Recycling

Recycled polyamide that makes use of a certified mass balance process in which pyrolysis oil is extracted from used tires and fed into a conventional polyamide production process. This chemical recycling methods conserves fossil raw resources. Another advantage: compared to conventional polyamide production, 60% less CO2 emissions are produced. The polyamide obtained in this eco-friendly process has just the same properties as conventional polyamide made from crude oil.

• robust, durable polyamide with best freedom of movement
• innovative tire recycling using a mass balance process
• climate-friendly and CO2-conserving crude oil alternative

Ricinus oil/castor oil: biobased synthetic for climate protection

Biobased plastic made from castor oil. The robust castor plant grows without artificial irrigation in poor soil that is unsuitable for growing food. Castor oil pressed from the beans of the plant is used to produce fiber for your VAUDE apparel and plastic components such as zips, buckles and hooks. The advantage: it has the same properties as conventional fiber made from crude oil – but is more climate-friendly because castor oil is a renewable resource that contributes to climate protection.

  • biobased synthetic made from castor oil
  • renewable raw material conserves fossil resources
  • contributes to CO2 reduction and climate protection


Windproof 80

The fabric’s fine weave and processing makes your VAUDE product 80 percent windproof. The air that enters is primarily blocked and feels like a cool breeze for a comfortable microclimate and refreshing breathability. Windproof 80 is perfect for high-motion mountain sports and biking in windy weather.

• windproof material that’s nevertheless breathable
• extra fine weave and processing of the fabric
• for motion-intensive mountain sports and biking

Windproof 100

An integrated, windproof membrane ensures that your VAUDE product is 100 percent windproof. Its sandwich construction consists of a protective outer fabric and warm inner material so you’ll be well prepared for adventures in the mountains or bike trips, even in cool windy weather.

• 100 percent windproof with an integrated membrane
• protective outer fabric and warm inner fabric
• for adventures in the mountains and bike sports in cool windy weather

Windproof Pro

Windproof Pro combines two different materials for an optimal microclimate and top performance in mountain and bike sports. We use a material that’s 100 percent windproof and robust in the places where your body is most exposed to the wind. Where high breathability is important, we use less dense material (80 percent).

• ideal combination of windproof and breathable material
• strategic placement of different materials
• optimal support for your microclimate and performance

Windproof Green

VAUDE products with the Windproof Green membrane are 100 percent windproof and breathable at the same time. Our green membrane includes recycled or biobased materials and is 100% free of environmentally harmful fluorocarbons (PFC). This protects you from the wind while protecting the planet as well.

• 100 percent windproof and breathable
• environmentally friendly thanks to recycled or biobased materials
• environmentally friendly manufacturing without fluorocarbons (PFC)

Want to find out more about Windproof Green? We’ve put together all important information on this topic in our Sustainability Report.

Expert tip


We asked our expert and product manager Alisa about this central topic of mountain sports clothing.

She once again points out the most important information on the subject of “protection against wind” and gives helpful tips.