Merino Sport Fleece is one of our most versatile garments to date. With a stylish look, the comfort of Merino, and stretch fabrics for added mobility, our best performance fleece looks good enough to go anywhere and feels good enough to climb, hike, or bike anything. We’re very proud of it, but that’s not entirely why. The majority of our excitement around this garment is based on the fact that all Sport Fleece tops use a non-PFC DWR for added weather protection.
Many outdoor products have a durable water repellent (DWR) applied to their exterior to render them effective. Unfortunately, they tend to be infused with a class of chemicals categorized as perfluorocarbons, or PFCs, that detrimentally spread through the environment.
PFCs are released into the air and water throughout the manufacturing process, as well as day-to-day use. Although these compounds help resist water and protect your outfit from becoming dirty or riddled with stains, they also take a very long time to break down. PFC traces have been found everywhere from rivers to glaciers to soil.
Now do you feel in the know about PFC DWR? If you do, then you’ll understand why we are so proud to be on a path moving away from it.