Our “Trek Lab” team uses all its know-how to test Forclaz products in order to validate their promises (comfort, warmth, waterproofing, etc.) but it deploys a very particular energy to guarantee the resistance of products over time
The first step in the protocol is to ensure that the materials used for our products meet our sustainability requirements.
To do this, we put different components to the test by reproducing accelerated ageing in the laboratory (friction, UV exposure, etc.).
The results of these tests help us to determine the materials that will constitute the Forclaz component catalogue.
This test is used to assess a fabric's resistance to abrasion.
How does it work? Accelerate wear with a machine that rubs it against an abrasive material for several cycles until the threads break. It is then evaluated to what extent the fabric changes colour, pills, rips or holes.
For example, the outer fabric of the Forclaz Trek 500 padded hooded jacket withstood more than 50,000 cycles in the Martindale test (DS017 NR1)
Laboratory and field tests allow us to validate the resistance of prototypes but we wanted to go further in order to be able to guarantee with certainty the reliability and durability of Forclaz products.
This is how the sustainability missions were born.
What is a “sustainability mission” ?
This is a field test taken to the extreme: our panel of testers goes on a trek for 5 weeks, to test our prototypes on different terrains and in different weather conditions.