Our new Arctech Loft Jacket provides a pleasantly warm feeling on cold winter days. In developing the jacket, however, the task was not only to create a reliable companion for all weather conditions, but also to take on social and ecological responsibility simultaneously.
We have a choice
In the development of the Arctech Loft Jacket, we opted for recycled, synthetic fiber insulation made from post-consumer PET and against down.
The majority of loft jackets on the market owe their warming properties to the use of down. For centuries, the particularly soft feathers from the "underclothes" of birds have been used in bedding, sleeping bags and jackets, because they offer good thermal insulation at low weight thanks to their structure. In addition, they always return to their original shape, even if they are once flattened.
However, the use of down is controversial because it is obtained by plucking ducks or geese. Forms of live plucking, which are based on the moulting process of the animals and are largely painless, are quite common in traditional extraction. In an industrial context, however, this is practically impossible due to enormous stock sizes. Particularly in fattening farms, the animals often suffer from poor housing conditions and plucking processes that are not animal-friendly, during which they also often suffer bone fractures and other injuries. Due to complex international supply chains and the lack of independent quality seals, it is difficult in many cases to clearly determine the origin of down.
For this reason, we decided against using down in our new Arctech Loft Jacket. Instead, we rely on insulating synthetic fibers made from recycled plastic from a German manufacturer. These work according to a similar principle as down. Thanks to their curled shape, the fibers trap a lot of air and are therefore able to store body heat for an extremely long time.
Instant comfort in every situation
The Arctech Loft Jacket keeps you warm in rain and snow. This is ensured by the water-repellent, outer fabric with environmentally friendly DWR coating, which comes from Italy and is also recycled. An individually adjustable hood, a high collar, and practical zip pockets make the jacket your perfect companion for the time after training. Because then it is especially important to keep you warm and lay the foundation for an ideal recovery.