Rohan Alpine Apparel with new Waterproof Technology

Following the lead of Eddie Bauer and First Ascent, Rohan is attempting to return to it's mountaineering roots with the launch of their Pinnacle Series men's and women's alpine apparel line.  UK company Rohan has been around for over 35 years. Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler's Everest Team wore the original Rohan alpine apparel on their first oxygen free ascent back in 1978. 

From superfine Merino wool baselayers to new waterproof technology hard shells, the Rohan Pinnacle series offers a complete line of fast and light technical alpine apparel. Rohan claims that their new Barricade waterproof technology makes fabric more waterproof and breathable than other technologies on the market. The Barricade waterproof technology actively diffuses heat and vapor created from body exertion helping the fabric to become more breathable.

Rohan operates a community site called Rohantime. Here you can find some early reviews on the Pinnacle series from mountaineers that have been testing the new alpine apparel line. Rohan will sell the Pinnacle series in their own stores nationwide in the UK and for the rest of the world, in their online store. 

Not quite as spectacular and inspiring a launch as Eddie Bauer and First Ascent but I am excited to see how the Barricade waterproof technology stands up to Gore-Tex or eVent. 

(via outdoorsmagic )

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  1. Let us know when you find out how it compares to Gore-Tex or eVent? Also, do you know if they have any plans for cycling products based on the same technology?

  2. Hi there. We think it works at least as well as the branded fabrics out there. The technology is based around a hydrophilic membrane which has been specified to respond to the body’s natural comfort levels for heat and humidity. Once the humidity rises above this the breathability of the membrane increases. We call this “Active Diffusion”. The waterproofing is comparable to the best and the water repellency on the face will be at 80% of its original spec even after 50 washes. Regarding cycle clothing, no we have no immediate plans to use this technology in cycle clothes, I’m afraid. Thanks for the enquiry and best regards, Tim Jasper, Brand Director, Rohan.

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