Rainwear | Wetwear | Rainsuit
Wetwear, Rainwear, Rain coats, waterproof parkas, bomber jackets.... we have them all here!
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When you keep dry, you have a better chance of staying warm. Simple. Damp and wet drips lead to colds, distraction and discomfort. Our wetwear range is from leading, reputable wet wear specialists Lyngsoe and Sioen. They have rain coats and rain jackets (compliant with EN 343 the rain wear standard) to keep you dry. (….or dry and warm…… or dry, warm and visible or even dry, warm, visible, AND protected from chemical, fire and electrical risks).
Rainwear covers the whole body. From Rain Jackets and Rain Trousers.
Rain Jackets, Rain Trousers and Rain Suits - Waterproof Rainwear: what do you need to know?
- If you only want to keep the rain out, just buy a cheap PVC rainsuit, or "oilskin" - as they used to call them.
- But, if you want to work and your body to breathe easily and minimise sweat and perspiration, choose a PU coated jacket or a PU coated rainsuit, such as a Flexothane or Microflex breathable rainsuit: these are polyurethane (PU) coated. PU is silent, stretchable up to 200% and allows the air to pass through. All this, without letting in liquids. Breathability is measured within the EN 343 standard, as the water vapour resistance Y. You’ll feel naturally most comfortable when the level of heat/perspiration that you generate is equal to the amount of water vapour drawn away from the garment.
- Gore Tex or Multinorm parkas and rain trousers tend to be the most comfortable (wind, waterproof, yet highly breathable) garments. They are also expensive, because so much technology goes into making a garment, typically hi viz, waterproof, breathable, anti static and FR and often electric arc resistant. Eg the Sioen Skollfield or the Lyngsoe ranges. These rainwear garments usually have the highest water penetration resistance (X) and the lowest water vapour resistance (Y).
The Bomber jacket is the most versatile rain jacket. We carry hundreds of them, in stock - for same day despatch.
EUROPEAN STANDARDS FOR
PROTECTION AGAINST RAIN
EN343: PROTECTION AGAINST RAIN
Resistance to water penetration and water vapour resistance are
the two key properties which are tested in the EN 343.
You see the performance classes X and Y at the right side of the
X: Resistance to water penetration is the main quality
for adequate protection.
The maximum class of water penetration resistance in this
European standard was taken from several national norms
which enforced a test pressure of 0.13 bar (1300mm).
This means that the fabric must endure the pressure,
which is drilled by a water column of 1300mm or 130cm.
Y: Water vapour resistance: The classic and easy to understand
unit for breathability is defined in g/m2 per 24 hours.
Breathable garments vacate the perspiration away from the
skin and from the garments. When too much humidity has
amassed in the clothing, condensation happens and the skin
In cold atmospheric conditions you can cool down too
quickly; likewise,in hot weather, your heartbeat will
quicken and after there is a risk of heat stress.
You feel most comfortable when the amount of heat, which is
created by the body, equals the amount of heat which is drawn
Layering allows you combine several forms of garments, depending on the weather.
Layering for performance is based on 3 layers:
1. The Layer next to the skin (wicking) layer: The underwear, which is
interacts directly with your skin, draws most of the
sweat away from the skin. It spreads it over the material surface
and passes it away to the other layers. A limited amount of
perspiration should be left on the skin to let evaporative
cooling, however the skin feels dry.
2. The Insulating Layer: Lining layers which are combined, to optimize
the thermal insulation. This allows the perspiration and
moisture to leave towards the outer layer.
Fleeces or soft shells are a typical example. It's important not
to overinsulate in cool environments to stop transpiration.
* ENV 343: 1998 also has a distinct 2 performance classes in case
the clothing had an insulating lining (for the use in ambient
temperatures above -5°C). This is indicated next to the
snow crystal representation. For ambient cool environments
(temperatures between +5°C and -5°C), we now refer to
EN14058 as a appropriate standard.
3. The Outer Protective Layer: This layer must offer full perfect
protection against wind, rain, mechanical effects.
The EN343 also defines the minimum mechanical properties for
warp and weft direction of the external shell fabric; such as: tear strength (ISO 4674 A1, min. 25N)tensile strength (ISO 1421, min. 450N or an elongation of
Dimensional stability (see EN340)
and seam strength (EN ISO 13935-2, min. 225N, not
applicable for materials with an elongation of min. 50%)