Technology & Material Science

Technology & Material Science

Technology & Material Science

Progress – that's what Schöffel is all about. The company is also constantly working on further development in the field of sustainability. Schöffel uses the innovative membrane AIRMEM™ in conjunction with S.Café®. This also furthers the standard of textiles in terms of functionality and quality. With this membrane, the constantly renewable raw material coffee meets Schöffel's high quality requirements naturally and provides the optimum support for users in their activities – no matter how challenging.

What is AIRMEM™?

Like S.Café®, AIRMEM™ is based on coffee grounds, supposedly a waste product that is left over when coffee is made from beans. In the first step, coffee oil is obtained from this residue. This recycled resource can then be used not only as usual by the cosmetics industry, but is also the basis for the production of the lightweight membrane. And replaces 25% of the usual raw material, petroleum. AIRMEM™ combines advanced material technology with more environmentally-friendly manufacturing.

What does AIRMEM™ mean for the consumer?

The AIRMEM® membrane makes textiles windproof and water-proof. The excellent level of breathability supports moisture transport and leaves the skin feeling pleasantly dry. The combination of the underlying S.Café® technology and this special membrane can absorb and inhibit odours twice as well as conventional variants. So users can look forward to a fresh, pleasant wear experience.

Schöffel products with AIRMEM™:

  • are wind- and water-proof,
  • odour-inhibiting,
  • breathable.

Sustainability plays an important role at Schöffel, which is why Bamboo Charcoal is used as a new ecological raw material. This raw material is another foundation stone for responsible production, and focus remains on environmental protection. The property of infrared heat reflection also gives the newly-developed fiber a special meaning as an alternative base for textile production.

What is Bamboo Charcoal?

Bamboo Charcoal is a unique symbiosis of nature and technology. It is made from selected, four-year-old bamboo. The bamboo is carbonized and then added in powder form to a polyester fiber mix. The actual yarn is then spun from this fiber mix. Since the yarn is extracted from the natural resource bamboo, which grows very quickly and does not require artificial replanting, it is very environmentally friendly.

What does Bamboo Charcoal mean for the consumer?

The material is characterized by an absolutely soft feel, and is generally softer than pure cotton. It also offers more functionality than polyester, so it remains extremely light, highly elastic, and easy to care for. That's because the charcoal is enclosed in the fiber, so it does not wash out. Another advantage of this newly-developed fiber is the reflection of the body's own thermal radiation. Embedded IR-reflecting particles in the bamboo fiber reduce the cooling of the human body by throwing the body heat – essentially infrared light that we release ourselves – back to the body. As a result, the wearer cools down less and the body stays pleasantly warm.

Schöffel products with Bamboo Charcoal:

  • are breathable
  • efficiently regulate the body temperature
  • quickly transport moisture to the outside
  • prevent the development of unpleasant odors
  • are SPF 30+.

Products that are individually adapted to the body and tailored to the wearer's specific requirements. Made possible by the Bodymapping principle, which Schöffel uses for various products. The system seamlessly combines different material properties into a single material so that the wearer is perfectly equipped for all kinds of sporting activities, with more performance and plenty of style.

What is Bodymapping?

Bodymapping technology requires a number of individual steps. First of all, it is important to identify the areas of the body that put particular stress on the clothing during sporting activities. Next, the product is differentiated by gender and area of application. These two factors are then taken into account as the fabric of the garment is woven more intensively around these defined areas. Effectively, the hard-working areas of the garment are reinforced. Products made with this method are perfectly tailored to special weather conditions, different areas of activity or other specific requirements. A small amount of Cordura – a polyamide fiber – in the stripes or pattern further increases abrasion resistance and makes the item more resistant and durable. Another advantage of Bodymapping is that different patterns can be woven without using different items, creating an extremely clean design with no seams.

What does Bodymapping mean for the consumer?

The Bodymapping principle results in an intelligent product that responds to the different requirements of the various parts of the wearer's body. This allows them to focus entirely on their sporting activities and rely on the optimum support of their clothing.

are extremely comfortable to wear,

  • are extremely comfortable to wear,
  • strengthen those parts of the garment that need to cope with high requirements,
  • have greater abrasion resistance and durability.

Schöffel is backing a genuine alternative to down in comfortemp® down feel by Freudenberg. The lightweight yet voluminous insulating material resembles natural down and is produced without the use of chemicals. Another step towards sustainability.

What is comfortemp® down feel?

comfortemp® down feel mimics the natural properties of down, and consists of 85% recycled PET bottles. It is a type of cotton that is both very soft and fluffy, which makes the material lightweight and quick-drying. The sustainable padding with insulating properties is manufactured without water or chemicals and with a low energy consumption. At the same time, it impresses with its high level of insulation and is an excellent substitute for down.

What does comfortemp® Fiberball down feel mean for the consumer?

The feeling of down, but made of recycled materials – that's what wearers of Schöffel products with comfortemp® down feel can expect. The lightweight, thermo-insulating material is extremely soft to the touch, which results in excellent wear comfort. Plus the thermal retention is ideal thanks to the high volume. At the same time, the recycled material consisting of up to 85% recycled PET provides the optimum breathability and keeps the wearer warm even when wet. The scrim that is placed over the padding also increases the resistance to fiber migration. This means there are no cold spots after washing because the material does not clump and the wearer remains warm all over.

Schöffel products with comfortemp® Fiberball down feel:

  • are extremely light and voluminous at the same time,
  • are breathable,
  • are soft to the touch,
  • are made of recycled material,
  • are an alternative to down,
  • have excellent insulating properties,
  • are warming even in wet conditions.

Schöffel uses a novel alternative to thermal insulation in the innovative, technical material comfortemp® Fiberball Padding manufactured by Freudenberg Performance Materials, and in doing so is taking a further step towards sustainable textiles. The recycling-based padding replaces conventional down, and is used as a warming intermediate layer for sports and functional textiles. The excellent performance of this new dimension in thermal insulation provides athletes with fabulous support in their outdoor activities.

What is comfortemp® Fiberball Padding?

This synthetic material consists of a large number of tiny contiguous fiber balls. Air inclusions are created by the special core structure, which results in high, constant thermal insulation and the optimum breathability. And although the wear feeling is the same as that of real down, this material does not clump. Sustainability and animal welfare also play an important role in the production of this padding, because it is an innovative hi-tech alternative to down. The fiber balls are made 100% of recycled PET bottles, which means that a total recycled content of 70% is achieved after the addition of further binding fibers.

What does comfortemp® Fiberball Padding mean for the consumer?

This innovative high-tech insulating material is used as a replacement for conventional down, and offers a very pleasant, fluffy, soft wear feeling. At the same time, textiles made of this ecologically valuable padding provide the optimum performance and support wearers in their sporting activities. In addition to the excellent insulating properties, they also offer the highest breathability. The cotton padding has the optimum bulkiness and is resistant to clumping and fiber migration. No lumps occur after washing that could lead to cold spots, so the wearer is kept perfectly warm at all times.

Schöffel products with comfortemp® Fiberball Padding:

  • are breathable,
  • have excellent thermal insulation,
  • are washable and quick-drying,
  • are soft to the touch,
  • have a high wear comfort.

In COOLMAX® CORE, Schöffel has opted for a technology that benefits primarily in thermal regulation and moisture wicking. Active athletes are not the only people to enjoy textiles with this technology. In clothing for everyday life and leisure activities, it also supports the wearer with the optimum functionality and offers an excellent climate comfort.

What is COOLMAX®?

COOLMAX® CORE is a technology that is used above all for functional garments that are worn directly against the skin. Its basic material is polyester which, unlike cotton, does not store moisture and so dries more quickly. Products made from these fabrics are therefore ideal as the foundation in the layering principle because they keep the wearer dry and provide the optimum support thanks to the additional breathability and functionality.

What does COOLMAX® CORE mean for the consumer?

Thanks to the large surface area, COOLMAX® CORE technology is notable for drying particularly quickly and for the pleasant wear feeling. Perspiration and moisture are reliably transported away, leaving the wearer at a comfortable temperature and dry. Providing the optimum support for their performance. Textiles made of this material are particularly soft, and therefore provide a pleasant wear comfort.

Schöffel products with COOLMAX® CORE:

  • are quick-drying,
  • transport moisture away perfectly,
  • leave the skin feeling pleasantly cool, soft and dry,
  • and are easy to care for.

In Dermizax®, Schöffel has a reliable and highly functional membrane that combines excellent waterproofness with perfect moisture management. This ensures any outdoor sporting activity is a comfortable experience, even in the worst weather conditions.

Schöffel uses three of five different product variants to adapt functional mountain sports clothing to a wide range of weather conditions: the classic Dermizax®; the specialised Dermizax® EV, and Dermizax® NX.

What is Dermizax®?

All Dermizax® modifications are based on a high-tech PU (polyurethane) membrane. The stretchy membrane is non-porous and hydrophilic, which reduces pore blockages from sweat particles, dirt or detergent residues. This efficient membrane structure results in high breathability even with longer and intensive movements, because moisture escapes via the molecular structure of the PU rather than through the pores, as is usually the case. Furthermore, this construction also contributes to long-lasting functionality even with years of and frequent use. The two specialisations NX and EV are variations of this all-round material that were developed for special weather conditions.

Dermizax® EV redefines the term comfort for performance fabrics. In addition to the characteristics of the classic membrane, this hard-wearing material also offers improved windproofness for particularly stormy weather conditions.

Dermizax® NX is notable for having an even thinner membrane for even higher breathability than Dermizax® EV. This means improved moisture wicking, as it is is transported away even more rapidly. The results is an extremely pleasant wear feeling in humid conditions.

What does Dermizax® mean for the consumer?

All the products share the same waterproof and breathable clothing technology of the next generation to provide the wearer with the perfect support in any kind of sporting activity. They also appeal for the high water column and vastly improved water permeability thanks to the excellent moisture absorption and release.

Schöffel products with Dermizax®:

  • are waterproof (> 20,000 mm) and permanently water-repellent,
  • windproof,
  • highly breathable,
  • extremely durable and robust,
  • soft and quiet to the touch,
  • are pleasant to wear,
  • and easy to care for.

Down is light, yet warming at the same time, which is what makes it so popular for outdoor products. High quality and RDS certification are essential for Schöffel. It is so popular as an insulation material because it is unbelievably light and packs down very small, which makes it perfect for Schöffel outdoor products.

What is down?

Down refers to the fine feathers found under a bird's tougher exterior feathers. They are also known as down feathers. Elastic in structure, they are made up of countless very fine barbules. They are excellent at including air, and therefore perfect at storing body heat.

When using animal products, Schöffel is careful to ensure that no animals have suffered in their production. Schöffel only uses white and grey down and feathers from geese and ducks from RDS-certified sources. This rules out any likelihood of the material originating from a farm where the animals are force fed and live plucked. As a company, Schöffel attaches particular importance to animal welfare and now, by committing to RESPONSIBLE DOWN STANDARD (RDS) company certification, has taken a further step towards the responsible sourcing of down. This includes the supply chain, which means that only down from animal welfare-friendly farming is used for its products, starting with the animal farm and continuing all the way through to the actual processing of the down.

What does down mean for the consumer?

The best heat output in relation to the low weight and volume – that’s something wearers of Schöffel down products can rely on. In cold outdoor experiences in particular, the lightness coupled with excellent heat regulation is excellent. Plus the products are supple, soft and highly compressible. Thanks to the high breathability, wearers can also enjoy a pleasant body temperature. Furthermore, consumers of Schöffel products have the assurance of RDS certification, which means that the down and feathers in their products come from appropriately husbanded animals. All of the points in the product's supply chain comply with the RDS standard. Be it the breeding of the animals on the farm, their transportation or slaughter, only if 100% of the criteria and guidelines are fulfilled will the product receive the status of RDS certification and be used by Schöffel.

Schöffel products with down:

  • are extremely comfortable to wear,
  • keep the wearer wonderfully warm,
  • optimally regulate the body temperature,
  • are soft to the touch,
  • are light,
  • are highly compressible,
  • are highly breathable,
  • have RDS certification,

Schöffel sets a high standard for lightweight products that are comfortable to wear with Dryfast, which is manufactured by the Italian company Pontetorto. This manufacturer is generally known to stand for versatile materials that perfectly prepare outdoor enthusiasts for the most diverse activities. Dryfast is a particularly high-quality, functional first layer product that perfectly supports the wearer when worn as the first clothing layer in the layering principle.

What is Dryfast?

The Dryfast collection includes lightweight, fine textiles, the inner surface of which is covered with hydrophobic fibres, which means that they are water-repellent. They include, for example, polyester and polypropylene. The outside of the Dryfast items consists of a hydrophilic (moisture-binding) polyester fibre with a wicking finish. This causes the moisture of the skin to be optimally transported to the outside. As the result, the garment dries quickly and leaves the skin feeling dry and comfortable. It can also help to counteract "pills", or pilling, which is when the fabric forms tiny knots or balls of fluff on the surface of the fabric. This is caused mainly by friction or frequent wearing.

What does Dryfast mean for the consumer?

Dryfast provides a good skin feeling and rapid moisture transport for a dry and natural wear experience during intense physical activity. Due to the high quality of the yarns, clothing made of this material is highly resistant to pilling, so it also meets the highest aesthetic requirements.

Schöffel products with Dryfast:

  • feel light to the touch,
  • are pleasant to wear,
  • are breathable,
  • dry quickly.

Schöffel's fleece products are functional garments that are perfect for wearing as lightweight warming layers for sporting activities in summer and in winter. These textiles, which have a high thermal rating for their low weight, also appeal for everyday wear and in all kinds of leisure activities. Schöffel uses various kinds of fleece that are suitable for a wide range of weather conditions, and so is able to offer the right product for any area of use.

What is fleece?

Fleece is a knitted fabric with a soft, roughened surface. Tiny yarn loops are created in the production of knitted fabric that are cut open and roughened to create the soft, cosy structure. The higher the surface weight of the material in grams per square metre, the higher the thermal rating of the clothing. The weight generally ranges from 100 to 300 grams, which means we can distinguish between different weight classes of fleece variants.

Micro Fleece is the version with a grammage of up to 210 g/m². It is the perfect year-round companion, and can also be worn directly against the skin as a comfort layer. Along with all the usual characteristics, it is particularly thin and light, and packs down small.

Another modification is Medium Fleece, which has a grammage of between 210 and 300 g/m². This achieves a higher thermal rating. The fabric is the perfect midlayer for lower temperatures.

With its grammage of at least 300 g/m² or more, Super Warm Fleece provides a pleasant warmth when it is really cold in winter or in the high mountains.

Very special comfort thanks to the high elasticity is provided by the version Stretch Fleece. It combines the characteristics of fleece and stretch, and so can even be used for close-fitting cuts with maximum function.

What does Fleece mean for the consumer?

Wearers of fleece products have the benefit of extremely soft, warm, cosy materials combined with reliable functions. Moisture is transported away from the body to the outside, which is why the fabric dries quickly. Thanks to the dense fibre structure, fleece also has a certain water-repellent property. Breathability is still retained. These durable, resistant textiles also offer the optimum thermal insulation, and so protect against cooling down. At the same time, fleece clothing offers an excellent level of wear comfort and feels pleasant against the skin thanks to the cosy, shape-retaining material.

Schöffel products with fleece:

  • are warming,
  • dry quickly,
  • and are easy to care for.

The combination of Schöffel and GORE-TEX® provides the best material for the most extreme requirements. The interaction between Schöffel and GORE-TEX® results in products that offer the optimum weather protection and are the ideal combination of technical performance and wear comfort. This perfectly protects outdoor enthusiasts against unsettled weather in their passion and active life.

What is GORE-TEX®?

The GORE-TEX® membrane is made of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), a fluorine and carbon polymer. The membrane is an extremely thin layer that can be combined with highly technical outer materials. It is usually connected to an upper material, and in some cases has an additional insulating layer. For all Schöffel products, the membrane is laminated to high-quality polyamide or polyester. The size of the numerous small pores in the laminate is responsible for the excellent breathability despite the waterproofness. They are so small that only water vapour molecules are able to pass through; water cannot penetrate. An integrated protective layer against dirt particles or residues of personal hygiene products prevents contamination of the pores and ensures that, with the right care, the waterproofness is preserved for a long time to come.

GORE-TEX® product classes

We differentiate between various product classes that are designed to suit various activities and climate conditions. By processing them with different high-quality textiles, the performance of the membrane can be reinforced as appropriate to its particular purpose. Two common GORE-TEX® classes are 2-layer and 3-layer.

2 couches : La membrane GORE-TEX® et le matériau extérieur correspondant sont solidement reliés et protégés à l’intérieur par une doublure amovible. De quoi assurer un confort optimal tout en assurant une protection parfaite contre les intempéries.

3-layer: The membrane is not visible as it is firmly connected to the upper and lining materials. This allows for a higher durability because the product is able to last longer without much volume, and also provides reliable protection against wind and weather.

The insides of some highly functional Schöffel 3L products with GORE-TEX® are made from a dope-dyed yarn. In this instance, the dyeing takes place during the spinning process and not, as is usually the case, applied to the fibre. This modern "dry" colouring technique saves the resources water, electricity and natural gas, which makes it particularly environmentally-friendly.

What does GORE-TEX® mean for the consumer?

GORE-TEX® provides windproofness for durable products. Completely welding all the seams makes the products waterproof and delivers the highest level of weather protection and wear comfort. Optimised breathability allows perspiration to escape freely to the outside in the form of water vapour. Every laminate is an excellent combination of interesting looks, weather protection, durability and breathability. Regular and professional care will ensure long and effective use of the product. Schöffel has been processing GORE-TEX® to deliver highly functional clothing for over 30 years.

Schöffel products with GORE-TEX®:

  • offer maximum weather protection,
  • are highly waterproof (>28,000 mm),
  • are windproof,
  • are highly breathable.

Unique innovation by Schöffel – INTELLITEX® HEAT. This technology provides heat at the touch of a button. Schöffel's heated clothing is playing to its full strength and revolutionizing ski clothing on the market.

What is INTELLITEX® HEAT?

INTELLITEX® HEAT technology is a genuine world first. Schöffel is the first supplier to integrate heating technology in a complete ski outfit. A milestone for skiing, because the ski pants and jacket prevent injury in cold temperatures while also enhancing performance. INTELLITEX® HEAT consists of one millimeter thick Nano Carbon Tubes that are not noticeable, are super-light and extremely comfortable. The heating membrane lies in the shoulder and thigh areas of the lining material, and is waterproof against perspiration and moisture. The heating system is operated by a powerbank (5 V, 2.1 ampere output) and starts simply at the touch of a button. This automatically switches on the first level. The control buttons are pressed again to set the desired level of heating individually. The various heat levels are indicated by the color of the ring around the control button. White stands for heating level 1, orange for level 2, and red for level 3. The heat is felt in moments. The push button flashes to indicate that the heating system is working until it reaches the desired heating level. What is special is that a sensor permanently measures the temperature in the direct vicinity of the heating system and maintains a constant level of heat. If there is no movement for three minutes, the system enters the standby mode, and starts again with the wearer's next movement. The ski jacket and pants with INTELLITEX® HEAT technology are waterproof, of course, and can even be washed together with the integrated heat pads, cables and so on in accordance with the care instructions. Only the powerbank has to be removed before cleaning.

What does INTELLITEX® HEAT mean for the consumer?

Schöffel wants to provide the wearer with the best possible support for breaks and sporting activities in nature. INTELLITEX® HEAT technology in the Schöffel products not only offers the wearer maximum comfort and convenience, but even goes one step further. The warmth that is provided at the touch of a button can help to prevent injuries, as warmed muscles and joints are less susceptible to them. Plus the heating system prevents rapid cooling resulting from the cold driving wind. Furthermore, the wearer's performance can be increased as warm muscles are stronger and provide greater stability. In addition, the warmth creates incomparable comfort and well-being, which makes the outdoor experience even more pleasant, especially in cold temperatures.

Schöffel products with INTELLITEX® HEAT:

  • offer maximum comfort with warmth at the touch of a button,
  • help to prevent injuries by warming up the muscles,
  • are extremely easy to use,
  • provide a heating function,
  • can help to boost performance thanks to the warmed-up muscles.

Schöffel uses lyocell as an especially ecological alternative to conventional man-made fibres and cotton. The environmentally-friendly, resource-saving production of this material is reflected in the outdoor products and thus is a further step towards sustainability.

What is lyocell?

Lyocell is a fibre that is made industrially from natural raw materials. It is often based on the raw material wood, such as eucalyptus, oak and birch that is obtained from sustainably managed forests. The main raw material for lyocell is therefore cellulose, and so it can be regarded as a recycled or regenerated fibre. These plants grow without artificial irrigation, and thus the farming saves resources and is kind to the environment. It also requires far less water than does the conventional production of cotton, for instance. The production of lyocell starts with separating the cellulose from soaked wood chips and then mixing it with a biodegradable atoxic solvent. The water is drawn out of this mixture by heating it under vacuum. This dissolves the cellulose and creates a spinning solution. After filtration, the liquid is pressed through spinnerets and into a water bath. This is where the fibres are produced from which the yarn can be spun. The process is called the direct solvent process. The production process is considered far more eco-friendly than that for other regenerated fibres such as viscose due to the environmentally-friendly solvent and closed material cycle. Schöffel also uses lyocell fibres by Lenzing AG which bear the registered brand name TENCEL™, but also have the same characteristics.

What does Lyocell mean for the consumer?

The durable material offers the optimum moisture management and, thanks to the smooth fibre surface, is ideal for sensitive skin. It is cool in warm conditions and warm in cold conditions. It is able to absorb 50% more moisture than conventional cotton. This results in a higher absorbency of such textiles, which are also extremely easy to look after.

Schöffel products with lyocell:

  • transport moisture perfectly,
  • are soft and very pleasant against the skin,
  • are a sustainable natural product,
  • are not prone to creasing,
  • and are considered antibacterial thanks to the excellent moisture management.

In order to make further progress in sustainability, Schöffel uses the environmentally-friendly print technology P4DRY™ in combination with S.Café®. Not only can fabrics be produced from leftover coffee grounds, but the former waste product can also be integrated in printing technology. This innovation not only gives the coffee bean itself a longer lifespan, but also supports athletes in their performance – however challenging the activities may be. So not only does Schöffel use an environmentally-friendly, innovative printing method for its products, but the company also facilitates an entirely new wearing experience.

What is P4DRY™?

P4DRY™ is a special print technology applied to the inside of a product that also uses coffee grounds, in this case as the basis for the print. This print with practical properties is applied to the inner fabric layer of a product. The coffee print is usually combined with S.Café® material to allow for the best possible quality and functionality.

What does P4DRY™ mean for the consumer?

The combination of S.Café® materials and P4DRY™ coffee print gives the products a greater odour inhibition in addition to the ideal soft wearing properties. Moisture management is also improved, as moisture on the surface of the skin is transported directly into the fabric via the print, and so can escape quickly.

Schöffel products with P4DRY™:

  • are pleasant to wear,
  • odourless,
  • dry quickly,
  • have an environmentally-friendly print.

Sustainability is an extremely important component at Schöffel, which is why the company greatly values ecological materials. With perPETual, the company has taken a step towards environmentally-friendly clothing and resource-friendly production in order to embark on the new generation of textiles.

What is perPETual?

perPETual is an environmentally-friendly recycling method in which PET bottles are converted 100% into a new textile material. Special filtration technologies are used to recycle old plastic bottles into high-quality, sustainable polymer components (ester). Standard polymerisation can then be used to turn this sustainability acquired ester into recycled polyester as the basis for all PET products including textile clothing. This resource-friendly method, which can be used to produce a wide range of yarn thicknesses, requires far less energy than other recycling methods. The amount of waste from plastic bottles is also reduced. And the water consumption is an amazing 86% lower than for new polyester.

What does perPETual mean for the consumer?

Clothing made from this fibre offers the same quality of performance as conventionally produced polyester. The functional, environmentally-friendly material reliably supports the wearer during all sporting activities while offering a comfortable fit at the same time. Combining the optimum function with sustainability.

Schöffel products made of perPETual:

  • are hard-wearing,
  • elastic,
  • have a unique wear comfort,
  • are made sustainably.

Maximum wear comfort, outstanding functionality and low weight – all combined in Schöffel products with Pertex® Quantum. The material appeals for its lightness and soft feel as much as for its strength, and so serves the wearer as the perfect companion on any outdoor adventures.

What is Pertex® Quantum?

Pertex® Quantum uses extremely fine nylon yarn for the production of very light yet extremely robust and durable fabrics – ideal for Schöffel's high requirements of the materials. Pertex® Quantum is made of the main material nylon (polyamide), which is characterized by its high strength and robustness. It has a very tightly woven waffle structure that provides durability, but also at the same time gives the fabric a special softness. This lightweight fabric also appeals for its windproofness and good moisture management. Furthermore, it is ideal for combining with fillers such as down and wadding, as the lightness of the material allows them to develop their complete fill power and makes them highly compressible, which means they pack down small.

What does Pertex® Quantum mean for the consumer?

Wearers of Schöffel products can look forward to the maximum wear comfort with Pertex® Quantum. The material is wafer thin, and therefore extremely light. However, this does not mean there has been any compromise in terms of robustness. The material is so light and at the same time tearproof that it is ideal for outdoor experiences. Plus Pertex® Quantum is windproof, breathable and quick-drying, which supports the wearer in all their activities with the highest functionality.

Schöffel products with Pertex® Quantum are:

  • windproof and water-repellent,
  • breathable,
  • quick-drying,
  • soft to the touch,
  • extremely light and at the same time robust,
  • easy to pack away.

Schöffel sets a standard for highly functional outdoor products that should lead to unique experiences with the innovative yarn technology Pertex® Y Fuse. The innovative fiber shape supports the already lightweight and technical fabrics of Pertex® and makes them even more functional, which benefits the Schöffel products.

What is Pertex® Y Fuse?

Pertex® Y Fuse is a technology that creates yarns with a unique Y-shape. The specially shaped fibers of the fabric interlock inside, wedge, and thus give the fabric a special stability. The material remains soft and supple to the touch, while at the same time it is robust and abrasion-resistant. In addition, Pertex® Y Fuse fabrics are characterized by wind resistance, and so offer a pleasant feeling of warmth even in wind.

What does Pertex® Y Fuse mean for the consumer?

Pleasant wear comfort thanks to the soft feel of the material despite its excellent stability – this is what distinguishes Schöffel products with Pertex® Y Fuse and makes them so fabulous for the consumer. They support outdoor-lovers in their sporting activities and contribute to an unadulterated, robust, pleasant wear experience. The special structure produces a downproof fabric without the use of animal feathers, and also has an excellent water beading effect.

Schöffel products with Pertex® Y Fuse yarns are:

  • windproof
  • downproof
  • water beading.

Schöffel generally uses PrimaLoft®, a synthetic alternative to down, as a component in its functional outdoor clothing. With this high-tech insulation material, the focus is primarily on comfortable protection against all weather conditions so the wearer is well-prepared for any outdoor activities.

PrimaLoft® offers various technologies for insulation and performance materials, some of which Schöffel uses in its winter and summer products. The various innovations all focus on providing effective support during sporting activities to ensure a distinct performance while maintaining comfort. Ecological options are also becoming increasingly important at PrimaLoft®. More and more products are based on recycled fibres in a positive step towards environmental friendliness. Such as PrimaLoft® Black Eco, for instance.

What is PrimaLoft®?

PrimaLoft® is a synthetic insulation material made of polyester. It protects against the cold and is used as a substitute for conventional goose down. Soft, very fine microfibres are used in the production of this material, which are heated and then connected to each other via numerous contact points. The result is a flat mesh structure of fibres and small air chambers that mimics the structure of down. This achieves a similar functionality to that of animal feathers, namely the excellent heat retention. Body heat is optimally stored in small spaces while cold air is unable to penetrate.

What is PrimaLoft® Black Eco?

PrimaLoft® Black Eco is based on the general conditions of the PrimaLoft® basic material. However, it does have one peculiarity in that it is a post-consumer material (PCR). This means that it is made from waste materials that result from the use and consumption of plastic products. The fibres of this environmentally-friendly product version are 100% recycled. Despite the more ecological background, the recycled modification in combination with advanced fibre technology provides the optimum consistent functionality.

What does PrimaLoft® Black Eco mean for the consumer?

PrimaLoft® Black Eco offers the optimum thermal properties, and so is also used in particular for packable products (integrated pack bag). It is made of recycled material and is bluesign® certified.

Schöffel products with PrimaLoft® Black Eco:

  • warm without bulking up,
  • are breathable,
  • are compressible,
  • are light,
  • are ultra-soft,
  • and are based on recycled material.

Activity teamed with the maximum heat output and a pleasantly dry feel – that sums up Schöffel's products with PrimaLoft® Gold Insulation Active. The insulation material is a synthetic alternative to down, and offers effective and breathable protection against the cold during strenuous outdoor activities. It enables the wearer to focus on wonderful experiences – and to be perfectly prepared for them.

What is PrimaLoft® GOLD INSULATION ACTIVE?

PrimaLoft® Gold Insulation Active is a true alternative to down. The insulation consists of 45 percent recycled material and develops its maximum performance during activity. The insulation material was specially developed for the optimum regulation of the body temperature – for uncompromising performance. This is achieved using tried-and-tested PrimaLoft® technology, where performance and comfort come first. To achieve the perfect temperature regulation, PrimaLoft® Gold Insulation Active forms millions of tiny air chambers that store and retain body heat even in extremely cold temperatures. This is how the insulation keeps the wearer nice and warm. What makes it particularly special is that it does so even when wet courtesy of the material's water-repellent finish. In addition, PrimaLoft® Gold Insulation Active is extremely flexible due to the 4-way stretch and also offers enormous breathability. Excess heat and moisture are quickly transported from the inside to the outside, creating an excellent wear feeling. This elasticity of the insulation also ensures that it moves and stretches with the body, resulting in a fabulous freedom of movement for the wearer.

What does PrimaLoft® GOLD INSULATION ACTIVE mean for the consumer?

Consumers of Schöffel products with PrimaLoft® Gold Insulation Active benefit from excellent thermal efficiency during strenuous activities. The insulation material combines high breathability, thermal rating and elasticity to ensure the wearer is always perfectly prepared for any outdoor activity. Plus it is super soft, water-repellent and packs down small and, in combination with a breathable outer material, is perfect for regulating the body temperature.

Schöffel products with PrimaLoft® GOLD INSULATION ACTIVE:

  • warm without bulking up,
  • are water-repellent,
  • offer maximum freedom of movement thanks to 4-way stretch,
  • are soft and pleasant to the touch,
  • are breathable,
  • are compressible and lightweight,
  • consist of 45% recycled material.

Some of Schöffel's functional clothing is finished with PrimaLoft®. This is a synthetic alternative to down. The insulating material offers comfortable protection against any weather conditions so the wearer can be sure of enjoying the perfect outdoor experiences – whatever the weather.

PrimaLoft® uses different technologies to generate insulating and performance fabrics. Schöffel uses PrimaLoft® in products that focus on providing effective protection against the cold during sporting activities. This means that a tangible performance can be combined with perfect comfort. One variation of PrimaLoft® is PrimaLoft® Next. Both of these technologies result in fabrics whose functionality was inspired by the animal world.

What is PrimaLoft® NEXT?

PrimaLoft® NEXT is a new kind of filler material that is based on PrimaLoft®. It consists of 58% recycled PET bottles. Its construction imitates that of animal fur, which means both the quality and the performance are excellent.

The PrimaLoft® NEXT EVOLVE series combines the properties of fabric with the benefits of insulation. The material imitates the structure of animal fur by combining fibres of different lengths and thicknesses. This allows the air to circulate extremely well when the wearer is moving, but it is then enclosed just as efficiently when they are standing still – for the optimum thermal rating.

What does PrimaLoft® NEXT mean for the consumer?

Consumers of PrimaLoft® NEXT products benefit from its excellent thermal insulation properties. The very low volume makes these textiles the perfect companions, while also providing a very high level of wear comfort.

Schöffel products with PrimaLoft® NEXT:

  • are warming,
  • have a low volume,
  • are soft and pleasant to the touch.

Among the fabrics that Schöffel chooses for its first-layer products are the synthetically manufactured options in the specially developed PrimaLoft® series. The PrimaLoft® Performance Fabrics FOUNDATION SERIES stands for functionally exclusive materials that offer excellent performance combined with a soft and pleasant level of wear comfort. This means the wearer can look forward to the perfect equipment for all kinds of outdoor experiences.

What is the PrimaLoft® Performance Fabric FOUNDATION SERIES?

The PrimaLoft® Performance Fabric FOUNDATION SERIES offers fabrics that are based on the general PrimaLoft® manufacturing method but were specially developed for direct contact with the skin. Next to the skin – that what the Performance Fabrics are all about, which is why they are perfect for underwear and first layers. The fabrics are made from 100% polyester (PES), and offer perfect wicking. This means the perfect finish for moisture management. A special finish supports the wicking away of perspiration so the material dries more quickly. Different versions are possible, including Light Weight and Mid Weight. Textiles made of this material adapt perfectly to the wearer without in any way restricting their freedom of movement.

What do the fabrics in the PrimaLoft® Performance Fabric FOUNDATION SERIES mean for the consumer?

The FOUNDATION SERIES of the PrimaLoft® Performance Fabrics offer the wearer pleasant wear comfort directly against the skin. The special construction makes the material particularly durable, and also appeals for the high wicking and optimum breathability.

Schöffel products in fabrics from the PrimaLoft® Performance Fabric FOUNDATION SERIES:

  • have an excellent moisture-absorbing property,
  • are tearproof and resistant to pilling,
  • are breathable,
  • high-performance and durable,
  • are cosy and have a high level of wear comfort.

Schöffel uses PrimaLoft® Silver Insulation – 100% PCR, a padding that performs excellently outdoors all day long. It also takes into account the idea of recycling, because the material is made from plastic bottles.

What is PrimaLoft® Silver Insulation – 100% PCR?

PrimaLoft® Silver Insulation – 100% PCR consists of reprocessed plastic bottles that are spun to fibers that are finer and softer than cashmere and have a remarkable fill power and thermal rating. Thanks to the special water-repellent finish, products with this feature are the perfect companions for any weather. They are ideal for the most diverse conditions, as the insulation is water-repellent and therefore warming even in wet conditions. The low weight and maximum freedom of movement for a wide variety of outdoor activities are also special.

What does PrimaLoft® Silver Insulation – 100% PCR mean for the consumer?

Being wonderfully warm to enjoy outdoor experiences – easy with the combination of Schöffel products with PrimaLoft® Silver Insulation – 100% PCR. The insulation is the right choice, especially when heat is required in cold and wet conditions. Millions of air chambers store body heat even under extreme conditions to keep the wearer cozy and warm. In addition, the insulation offers the best freedom of movement and, thanks to its high compressibility, takes up hardly any space in a backpack. Plus wearers can enjoy the fact that the padding is very light and offers the highest breathability.

Schöffel products with PrimaLoft® Silver Insulation – 100% PCR:

  • warm without bulking up,
  • are water-repellent,
  • are compressible,
  • are lightweight and ultra-soft,
  • offer breathability,
  • are made of recycled material.

As a company, Schöffel attaches particular importance to animal welfare and now, by committing to RESPONSIBLE DOWN STANDARD (RDS) company certification, has taken a further step towards the responsible sourcing of down. This includes the supply chain, which means that only down from animal welfare-friendly farming is used for its products, starting with the animal farm and continuing all the way through to the actual processing of the down. The certification process is carried out and constantly monitored by the Control Union test institute.

What does RDS guarantee?

RDS certification stands for binding minimum standards in down production. They guarantee that

  • animal safety and welfare always come first (no forced feeding, no live plucking etc.)
  • the origin of the down can be traced
  • the production stages are transparent.

What does RDS mean for the consumer?

Consumers of RDS-certified products can be sure that the down and feathers that their products contain are obtained from appropriately husbanded animals. All of the points in the product's supply chain comply with the RDS standard. Be it the breeding of the animals on the farm, their transportation or slaughter, only if 100% of the criteria and guidelines are fulfilled will the product receive the status of RDS certification.

In an emergency, every second counts. That is why Schöffel uses the RECCO® rescue system in selected products. The RECCO® rescue reflector can be the key support after an accident in the snow and mountains that many athletes underestimate.

What is the RECCO® rescue system?

The RECCO® rescue system is a highly sophisticated radar technology in which part of the system, the reflector, is integrated in the wearer's outdoor clothing. The counterpart to this is the RECCO® detector, which is used by mountain rescue services in the search for casualties or avalanche victims. The reflector is a small passive transponder, similar to an RFID chip, that is hardly noticeable and is sewn e.g. into the ski clothing. This is the passive part of the system that the athlete can wear in a wide variety of clothing, inside a helmet or in their boots. It is so small and light that it is completely unnoticeable. The detector is the active part that is used by the rescue team in the search for injured or buried persons. The detector is available in two versions, depending on whether it is to be attached to a helicopter, for instance, or to be used as a hand detector by the rescue team. The detector emits a radial radio signal similar to the light cone of a flashlight. When this signal hits the RECCO® reflector, it sends back an echo and the seeker can identify the direction of the injured party. The closer the detector gets to the reflector, the stronger the signal so localization can follow. According to the manufacturer, the maximum range of the RECCO® hand detector for avalanche detection is about 80 meters on the surface and 20 meters under snow. The RECCO® SAR helicopter detector, which is used by a helicopter, enables the users to search an area of one square kilometer for missing persons in about six minutes, with the helicopter searching a search corridor at a height of about 100 meters and traveling at around 100 km/h.

What does the RECCO® rescue reflector mean for the consumer?

Although the RECCO® system can be very helpful in the search for accidents, consumers must always remember that this reflector will not protect them from, for instance, being buried in an avalanche. However, it can offer a tremendous advantage in terms of time, as it is used by the organized rescue services as an additional aid to an avalanche beacon in the search for affected individuals. It is essential that individuals be well prepared for the terrain on which they will be traveling and that they exercise the full degree of caution. Nevertheless, having the RECCO® reflector in Schöffel products can help to find injured or missing persons more quickly in an emergency.

Schöffel products with the RECCO® system have a RECCO® rescue reflector that:

  • weighs less than 4 grams,
  • has an unlimited service life,
  • does not need to be changed or charged,
  • does not lose signal strength,
  • does not need to be serviced.

As a move towards further progress in sustainability, Schöffel uses the environmentally-friendly S.Café® technology. Once treated as a waste material, coffee grounds are now used in the production of fabrics that form the base for precision-designed multifunctional sportswear. This innovation not only gives the coffee bean itself a longer lifespan, but also optimally supports athletes in their performance – however challenging the activities may be. As a result, the constantly renewable raw material naturally fulfils the high quality requirements for a textile component.

What is S.Café®?

S.Café® is a technical fibre composite made of polyester fibres. Coffee oil is obtained from coffee grounds, the waste product that is left over when coffee is prepared by the traditional method. This oil is then mixed with a granulate that is essentially the spinning nozzle liquid. The polyester is given the improved properties of this special technology, such as optimised odour neutralisation and the natural antibacterial effect. The S.Café yarn is then made from the spinning nozzle liquid and used to produce fabrics that form the base in the production of garments.

What does S.Café® mean for the consumer?

Textiles with S.Café® offer a particularly high level of wear comfort in winter and summer alike. The special yarn structure optimally binds odour and perspiration and prevents them from escaping until the next washing/drying process. Moisture is transported away from the skin to the outside, which allows the clothing to dry more quickly. Sun protection is another feature of these Schöffel garments.

Schöffel products with S.Café®:

  • have a high level of wear comfort,
  • are odourless,
  • dry quickly,
  • and have UV protection of up to 50+.

Schöffel is going one step further in its sustainability activities and using the latest innovation ICE-CAFÉ™ in combination with S.Café®. The underlying idea of using the sustainable raw material coffee for textiles is extended by additional special functionalities. This means Schöffel's high quality requirements can be furthered naturally, while at the same time the user's performance is given the optimum support – no matter how challenging the activities.

What is S.Café® ICE-CAFÉ™?

ICE-CAFÉ™ is an extension of S.Café® technology for nylon fibres. It represents an additional cooling effect. One of the ways this effect is achieved is by adding a stone crystal powder. This is a complex of silicon dioxide, titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, also known as jade stone. These crystals have a higher thermal conductivity than the actual material fibres. So they increase heat dissipation in combination and create a pleasant feeling – like touching a cool stone. It is particularly ideal as a finish for shorts and T-shirts worn for leisure or sporting activities.

What does S.Café® ICE-CAFÉ™ mean for the consumer?

Along with the basic properties of S.Café®, wearers of S.Café® ICE-CAFÉ™ products can also enjoy a cool, pleasant feeling against the skin during sporting activities in warm conditions. That's because the skin temperature can be reduced by one to two degrees Celsius by binding the warmth and dissipating it rapidly.

Schöffel products with S.Café® ICE-CAFÉ®:

  • are quick-drying,
  • odour-neutralising,
  • offer UV protection,
  • have a special cooling effect.

schoeller® is a Swiss textiles manufacturer and supplies highly functional fabrics for the most diverse applications in sports and leisure. The manufacturer stands for innovative fabrics of exclusive quality. The collaboration enables Schöffel to combine the fundamental components as the basis for the production of excellent sports and outdoor products. In the spirit of Schöffel, wearers have the choice of excellent garments that perfectly support their performance and contribute to an excellent outdoor experience.

What is schoeller® dryskin?

Schoeller® dryskin is a double fabric. The inside consists of a special functional fibre with excellent moisture transport as a positive characteristic. The outside, on the other hand, is made of hard-wearing polyamide, which makes the products wind- and waterproof. The textile is available in a lightweight version for summer that packs down small, and with thermal retention as a finish for winter. The material can also be given a proportion of stretch.

What does schoeller® dryskin mean for the consumer?

The breathable fabric ensures that moisture is quickly transported away from the body (wicking) so the inside of the garment remains dry. Some items are bi-elastic, which means that the fabric remains elastic in two directions even under external loads. It is also extremely hard-wearing and durable, and offers a pleasant feeling of wear comfort in any outdoor activity.

Schöffel products with schoeller® dryskin:

  • are breathable,
  • very supple to the touch,
  • wind- and water-repellent,
  • bi-elastic,
  • durable and hard-wearing,
  • quick-drying.

In order to offer consumers the perfect quality and performance, Schöffel uses the highly-functional fabrics by the Swiss textile manufacturer schoeller® in the production of its high-quality sports and outdoor products. The fundamental components as the basis for the production of excellent garments are thus combined to ensure they meet the high quality standards. Wearers can look forward to amazing outdoor experiences accompanied by the company's excellent, highly durable products.

What is schoeller® dynamic?

schoeller® dynamic fabrics are single-layer fabrics that are manufactured in different versions for different functional areas. They can be described as comfortable all-round functional fabrics since they can be used for anything from easy leisure activities to challenging and demanding situations. The all-rounder among textiles varies in material thickness and fibre combination, making it the perfect basis for summer and winter clothing alike.

What does schoeller® dynamic mean for the consumer?

schoeller® dynamic is characterised by its durability, freedom of movement and the high wear comfort. The special fabric is bi-elastic, i.e. stretches two ways under external loads, and dimensionally stable. The wearer's movements are not restricted in any way. The hard-wearing material ensures a comfortable wear experience in any outdoor activity thanks to its breathability and water-repellent effect.

Schöffel products with schoeller® dynamic:

  • are extremely long-lasting and durable,
  • bi-elastic,
  • water-repellent,
  • breathable.

Stretch is an excellent material base for functionally high-quality sportswear, which is why Schöffel also makes use of it. The positive properties of this type of fabric optimally support wearers in their sporting performance, which speaks very highly for Schöffel products. They meet their high performance requirements and provide an excellent interplay between functionality, performance and looks.

What is stretch?

Stretch can be achieved with two different factors. On the one hand there is mechanical stretch, which is achieved by the construction of the material, e.g. knitting. On the other, stretch can be achieved by adding elastane. This material mix results in a soft fabric that is extremely comfortable and very pleasant to wear. There are different types of stretch with different degrees of stretchability. Whereas 4-way stretch stretches horizontally and vertically, in 2-way stretch this is limited to the horizontal direction.

What does stretch mean for the consumer?

Textiles made of stretch adapt perfectly to the body, fitting it like a second skin. The wearer's freedom of movement is not restricted in any way, and the products also offer an extremely pleasant level of wear comfort. Yet the fabric retains its shape thanks to the special fibre blend.

Schöffel products with stretch:

  • are elastic,
  • have the perfect fit,
  • retain their shape.

Schöffel sets a high standard for fleece products with Tecnopile®, which is manufactured by the Italian company Pontetorto. This manufacturer is generally known to stand for versatile materials that perfectly prepare the consumer for the most diverse activities with the optimum wear comfort.

The various sports systems fabrics:

Pontetorto's sports system product division is dedicated in the first instance to the manufacture of high-quality and functional Tecnopile® fleece fabrics for the various layers in the layering principle. Schöffel uses Dryfast and Tecnostretch for the first layers that have direct contact with the skin, and thus provide a pleasant comfort in that role. Tecnopile® and Tecnowool® are used as the second layers to provide perfect thermal insulation and rapid surface drying.

What is Tecnopile®?

Tecnopile® is a high-quality fleece fabric made from polyester microfibres, and belongs to the category of knitted fabrics. Knitted fabrics are textiles that are produced by knitting, and are created by interlocking a horizontal thread. The fabric is notable for its exceptionally even pile. This is created by cutting open and roughening the fibres, which gives the fabric its fleecy character and creates the volume. The look of the item is the result of various factors, including the number of fibres in the yarn and the thickness of the yarn. The material is resistant to pilling, the formation of tiny balls of fluff on the surface of a fabric that is caused by frequent wear or friction.

What does Tecnopile® mean for the consumer?

Fleece is without doubt the optimum intermediate layer in the layering system of functional clothing. With a high thermal rating for its weight, quick drying and easy to care for, fleece is one of the most uncomplicated clothing fabrics, and remains stable even after repeated washing. The versatile, multifunctional Tecnopile® Fleece products have the perfectly balanced thermal retention and water vapour permeability, and are extremely pleasant to wear. All Pontetorto sports system fabrics offer maximum comfort and minimum weight.

Schöffel products with Tecnopile®:

  • are breathable,
  • have high thermal insulation combined with a low weight,
  • dry quickly,
  • are long-lasting yet easy to care for,
  • are not prone to pilling.

Schöffel sets a high standard for warming fleece products with additional functions with Tecnostretch, which is manufactured by the Italian company Pontetorto. The manufacturer stands for versatile materials that perfectly prepare the user for the most diverse activities. Tecnostretch produces a particularly high-quality, functional first or second layer fleece product that perfectly supports the wearer in their sporting activities as the first or middle clothing layer in the layering principle.

What is Tecnostretch?

Tecnostretch is a high-quality stretch fleece that appeals for its smooth appearance on the outside and fleecy warmth on the inside. Elastane is added to the base material to make it stretchy and highly elastic. The inside of these textiles is extremely fleecy, which provides the optimum thermal insulation. The special mesh structure of the yarn offers additional functionality in the form of breathability and lightness. By the same token, the outside remains resistant to hard-wearing fleece products.

What does Tecnostretch mean for the consumer?

Tecnostretch appeals for its highly elastic property that perfectly supports the wearer in any leisure activities. Quick drying, water permeable and with a high thermal rating for its weight, this fabric is one of the most uncomplicated clothing fabrics. Plus the items are easy-care, can be used multifunctionally and offer a pleasant level of wear comfort.

Schöffel products with Tecnostretch:

  • are highly elastic,
  • warming,
  • breathable,
  • hard-wearing,
  • lightweight and pleasant to the touch,
  • dry quickly.

Schöffel sets a high standard for warming fleece products combined with a delightful knitted look with Tecnowool®, which is manufactured by the Italian company Pontetorto. This manufacturer is generally known to stand for versatile materials that perfectly prepare outdoor enthusiasts for the most diverse activities with the optimum wear comfort. Tecnowool® produces a particularly high-quality, functional second layer fleece item that perfectly supports the wearer in their sporting activities as the middle clothing layer in the layering principle as well as being a visual eye-catcher.

What is Tecnowool®?

This innovative fabric facilitates technical performance with the combination of modern textiles and knits in a wool look. Traditional wool is specially treated so it offers even better thermal insulation as the inner layer of a textile. The wool and the special membrane coating provide the knitted material in the special ribbed pattern with wind- and water-repellent properties and breathability. Combining fashion with the latest technology.

What does Tecnowool® mean for the consumer?

Wearers of Tecnowool® products can enjoy beautifully knitted garments that offer the optimum function and perfect technical features as well as excellent looks. This material provides excellent thermal insulation and quick surface drying, and thus the perfect performance as a warming midlayer in the layering principle.

Schöffel products made of Tecnowool®:

  • are warming,
  • dry quickly,
  • are wind- and water-repellent
  • and breathable.

Schöffel uses lyocell as an especially ecological alternative to conventional man-made fibres and cotton. The environmentally-friendly, resource-saving production of this material is reflected in the outdoor products and thus is a further step towards sustainability.

What is Lyocell?

Lyocell is a fibre that is made industrially from natural raw materials. It is often based on the raw material wood, such as eucalyptus, oak and birch that is obtained from sustainably managed forests. The main raw material for lyocell is therefore cellulose, and so it can be regarded as a recycled or regenerated fibre. These plants grow without artificial irrigation, and thus the farming saves resources and is kind to the environment. It also requires far less water than does the conventional production of cotton, for instance. The production of lyocell starts with separating the cellulose from soaked wood chips and then mixing it with a biodegradable atoxic solvent. The water is drawn out of this mixture by heating it under vacuum. This dissolves the cellulose and creates a spinning solution. After filtration, the liquid is pressed through spinnerets and into a water bath. This is where the fibres are produced from which the yarn can be spun. The process is called the direct solvent process. The production process is considered far more eco-friendly than that for other regenerated fibres such as viscose due to the environmentally-friendly solvent and closed material cycle. Schöffel also uses lyocell fibres by Lenzing AG which bear the registered brand name TENCEL™, but also have the same characteristics.

What does Lyocell mean for the consumer?

The durable material offers the optimum moisture management and, thanks to the smooth fibre surface, is ideal for sensitive skin. It is cool in warm conditions and warm in cold conditions. It is able to absorb 50% more moisture than conventional cotton. This results in a higher absorbency of such textiles, which are also extremely easy to look after.

Schöffel products with lyocell:

  • transport moisture perfectly,
  • are soft and very pleasant against the skin,
  • are a sustainable natural product,
  • are not prone to creasing,
  • and are considered antibacterial thanks to the excellent moisture management.

UV protection during outdoor activities is also an important issue with Schöffel clothing. UV radiation affects the human body, and in particular the skin. As every item of clothing plays a part in protecting the skin it covers, provision of the UV protection factor (UPF) is essential. The level of this protection depends on the material.

What is UV protection?

The UV protection factor (UPF) states how much longer a person wearing UV protective clothing can stay in the sun without suffering skin damage. The calculation of the protection time is based on what is known as the skin's self-protection time, although this can vary tremendously depending on skin type. As a general rule, every single item of clothing helps to protect the skin beneath it. The denser the material is and the more skin is covered, the greater the garment's protective effect is.

UV protection is the result of:

  • the choice of fibre
  • the construction (type of weave or knit)
  • the finish

What is Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)?

According to PPE Regulation (EU) 2016/425 Article 3 paragraph 1a): “Equipment [that is] designed and manufactured to be worn or held by a person for protection against one or more risks to that person’s health or safety ...”. PPE is generally divided into three categories (I, II and III). The higher the level of protection, the higher the category.

What does UV protection mean for the consumer?

Schöffel advertises that some of their garments offer UV protection. These are mainly firstlayers, T-shirts, shirts and blouses, as well as trousers. In accordance with the PPE Regulation that came into force in April 2018, clothing with UV protection is category I PPE. Category I refers to basic PPE that offers protection against minimal risks. Schöffel's UV models are tested to EN13758-1, which corresponds approximately to the solar radiation in southern Europe. The garments are identified by the UV Protection sun symbol.

Labelling on the Schöffel product:

UPF ≤ 15 with the UV Protection symbol

UPF > 15 with the tested UPF figure

In Venturi by Schöffel, Schöffel has created its own material technology that fulfils the market's high quality requirements. This membrane provides protection with the highest function so the wearer can be sure of enjoying a unique outdoor experience – whatever the weather.

What is VENTURI?

VENTURI is a closed membrane with no openings, or pores, through which water or the wind are able to penetrate. The VENTURI membrane is situated between the outer fabric and the lining, and is combined with the widest range of outer fabrics to suit its particular use. Depending on the model, a 2- or 3-layer laminate is used in the production. VENTURI'S most special feature is the excellent feel, which makes it wonderfully soft to wear.

The VENTURI membrane is also given other modifications that were developed specifically to suit various weather conditions. VENTURI by Schöffel is further divided into VENTURI Softshell, Stretch and VENTBREAK.

What does VENTURI mean for the consumer?

Thanks to the excellent properties, VENTURI clothing by Schöffel is ideal for the most diverse applications. The construction of the membrane prevents wind and water from penetrating, while at the same time the wearer can rely on its breathability and thus perform any movement or function easily and comfortably. Despite the perfect functionality, the wearer can safely expect a pleasant wear feeling.

Schöffel products with VENTURI:

  • are permanently wind- and waterproof,
  • breathable,
  • wonderfully soft to the touch,
  • and have a minimum water column of 10,000 mm.

One modification of VENTURI by Schöffel is VENTURI Soft Shell. It combines the positive characteristics of the VENTURI membrane with the comfort of a stretch material and the thermal properties of the insulating layer that offers protection against the weather. What an all-rounder.

What is VENTURI Soft Shell?

VENTURI Soft Shell is a development of the VENTURI by Schöffel membrane. It consists of a 3-layer material that is unbeatably comfortable to wear. It has a strong outer layer that is both wear-resistant and weatherproof. VENTURI Soft Shell perfectly combines the warming midlayer and the outer layer, and is extremely pleasant to wear in all kinds of weather conditions. VENTURI Soft Shell is a more than adequate alternative to a laminate jacket, with the stretch material offering additional freedom of movement.

What does VENTURI Soft Shell mean for the consumer?

VENTURI Soft Shell offers protection against almost any weather conditions, which is why these Schöffel items are the perfect companions for all active outdoor enthusiasts who want excellent equipment. It also avoids unnecessary weight, which is a huge plus. The stretchy VENTURI Soft Shell material offers the wearer perfect freedom of movement.

Schöffel products with VENTURI Soft Shell:

  • are breathable,
  • windproof,
  • water-repellent
  • and offer optimum freedom of movement.

Schöffel modifies VENTURI material so that it can be optimally used for any activity. At the same time, the use of the company's own technology naturally ensures that the material meets its high standards. This has succeeded once again with VENTURI Stretch by Schöffel. With this modification, the focus in on the elastic component.

What is VENTURI Stretch?

As the name implies, VENTURI Stretch is notable for its greater elasticity. The 2- or 3-layer laminate is only processed as required for clothing. And yet VENTURI Stretch, like the mother technology VENTURI, also offers protection against wind and water as well as breathability. Plus the moisture transport is excellent, since hydrophilic and hydrophobic fibres are combined in the best possible way to facilitate it. Which in turns assures breathability.

What does VENTURI Stretch mean for the consumer?

VENTURI Stretch naturally offers all the properties of the VENTURI by Schöffel laminate, but also has the maximum elasticity. This means the wearer has the maximum freedom of movement that is so important for outdoor activities in particular. Plus VENTURI Stretch results in even better fits, and allows closely-fitting cuts with the maximum function.

Schöffel products with VENTURI Stretch:

  • are permanently wind- and waterproof,
  • water vapour permeable,
  • wonderfully soft to the touch,
  • offer maximum elasticity,
  • and greater freedom of movement.

Like all Schöffel VENTURI materials, VENTURI VENTBREAK is water-repellent, windproof and breathable. Where really VENTURI VENTBREAK really differs is in its weight and breathability. These are the material's absolute strengths and make it more of a "technical" product, which is why it is used primarily for Schöffel products for outdoor sporting activities.

What is VENTURI VENTBREAK?

VENTURI VENTBREAK is available in a 2- or 3-layer construction. Because it is windproof, it protects the body against cooling down. VENTURI VENTBREAK is often combined with fleece fabrics, which also helps the body to retain its own heat. The benefits of VENTURI VENTBREAK by Schöffel are above all the lightness and softness of the material, its elastic properties and breathability. Also, as the name implies, the material offers perfect wind protection in any outdoor activities.

What does VENTURI VENTBREAK mean for the consumer?

Schöffel products made of VENTURI VENTBREAK offer protection from the wind, and are ideal as a warming mid-layer in a clothing system. However, that is not to say that they cannot assume the function of an outer layer. The water-repellent top layer makes them just as suitable for this purpose. The wearer has the option of deciding for himself whether to use the Schöffel product as a midlayer or jacket, as appropriate to the temperature.

Schöffel products with VENTURI VENTBREAK:

  • protect against cooling down,
  • are absolutely windproof,
  • are breathable.

Wool has an excellent reputation as a natural functional material. It offers terrific thermal regulation even when wet. The natural material is of extremely high quality and optimally supports wearers in their outdoor experiences. When using animal fibers, Schöffel takes the greatest care to ensure that no animals have suffered in their production.

What is wool?

According to the Textile Labeling Act, wool is the soft fleece of a sheep or lamb. Like down, wool is fabulous for regulating heat, which makes it ideal as an insulating material. The wool fibers are curly. Air is trapped in the gaps between the curls, which in turn provides warmth. These air chambers also prevent cold from penetrating from the outside and ensure that moisture is transported away quickly. Furthermore, wool is impervious to moisture, and can in fact absorb it to a high degree to leave the skin feeling dry.

What does wool mean for the consumer?

Maximum wear comfort – that is what wearers of Schöffel wool products can expect. Animal welfare is the main consideration with the wool used for these products. The company only uses wool that does not come from farms that practice mulesing. Mulesing is a method in which a skin fold is removed from below the sheep's tail (usually without anesthesia) to prevent maggots from settling there. Schöffel's wool products also offer excellent heat regulation, which means they keep the wearer warm in cold weather and cool in warm weather. They are also odorless and quick-drying thanks to the natural properties of the fiber.

Schöffel products with wool:

  • are warm in cold weather and cool in warm weather,
  • do not crease,
  • are odorless,
  • dry quickly,
  • are breathable,
  • leave a pleasant feeling on the skin.
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