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75% OF OUR CLOTHING COLLECTION IS
CURRENTLY PFC-FREE

BY 2020, OUR ENTIRE COLLECTION WILL BE PFC‑FREE

Our Commitment:

75%

We managed to make 75% of our apparel in the 2015 summer collection PFC-free. Our product development department is working flat out to switch to PFC-free alternatives for all products in question.

Our Mission:

100%

We have been engaged in the issue of PFCs for a number of years now and aim to eliminate all PFCs from our products by 2020.

100% Fluorocarbon Free

We are currently able to offer you a variety of PFC-free products, which you can find in our online shop by ticking ‘PFC-free’ in the material category. Furthermore, all of our PFC-free, water-repellent products are labelled with the ‘100% fluorocarbon free’ symbol in our online shop and in store.

All PFC-free products

Our challenge

What are PFCs?
Why are PFCs used in textile coatings?

What are PFCs?

PFCs (perfluorinated and polyfluorinated compounds) are a large group of chemicals used as intermediate products and auxiliary materials as well as the degradation products of certain fluorine compounds.

They are surface-active substances in which fluorine atoms have entirely replaced the hydrogen atoms in the carbon chain. Combined with long fluoropolymers, their hydrophobic (water-repellent) and lipophobic (fat-repellent) features are applied to numerous consumer products. Fluoropolymers are therefore used in water, dirt and fat-repellent finishes on carpets, apparel and non-stick pots and pans.

Why are PFCs used in textile coatings?

PFCs are primarily used as polymers due to the permanent water-repellent and dirt-repellent characteristics they provide to impregnations (DWR) on the outer material of weatherproof apparel. Materials featuring this type of coating combine high water-repellent and dirt-repellent characteristics with exceptional durability and resistance.

1303411-4240 Sonic Barrier Jacket M

Season: Spring/Summer 2016 Production Country: Vietnam Garment Vendor: Shin Textile Solutions Co.Ltd.

Product description

The perfect companion for when hiking in windy weather: The windproof, SONIC BARRIER softshell hood comes over the ears and stops you from getting cold. The stretchy, 3-layer STORMLOCK laminate provides comfortable freedom of movement and exceptional climate comfort. It is water-repellent and can withstand rain showers when necessary.

Test result

Our outstanding, PFC-free jacket has been tested in a scientific laboratory,

which has confirmed that the jacket is completely PFC-free.

The minute traces of PFOA (0.000002 g/m²) and PFOS (0.000004 g/m²) cannot even be detected in most commercial laboratories and are well under the legal limit of 1 µg/m².

Such low levels suggest that the conscious use of PFC in the coating was not intentional.

The product has been tested by an independent institute for PFC. You can downlad the results here:

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MTN Attack 5 Texapore Mid M
Material composition:
  • Shell 100 % Polyester
  • Lining 1: 100 % Polyester
  • Lining 2: 100 % Polyester
Fabrics in use:
  1. Fabrics in use
    • DWR coating: PFC-free (water repellent finish: Huntsman)
    • Country of Origin: Taiwan
    • bluesign® approved fabric
  2. Lining 1
    • No DWR finish
    • Country of Origin: China
    • bluesign® approved fabric
  3. Lining 2
    • No DWR finish
    • Country of Origin: Taiwan
    • bluesign® approved fabric

1303931-1552 Grand Valley Softshell JKT M

Season: Spring/Summer 2016 Production Country: Myanmar Garment Vendor: V.T. Garment Co., Ltd.

Product description

Your basic protection for windy days outside: GRAND VALLEY is one of our versatile softshell jackets. It is made from our tried-and-tested, windproof STORMLOCK SOFTSHELL material and is treated with HYPROOF impregnation, keeping the softshell hood dry in light rain showers. It also offers great comfort, even when you sweat. GRAND VALLEY is highly breathable and is equipped with a soft lining.

Test result

Our outstanding, PFC-free jacket has been tested in a scientific laboratory,

which has confirmed that the jacket is completely PFC-free.

The minute traces of PFOA (0.000002 g/m²) cannot even be detected in most commercial laboratories and are well under the legal limit of 1 µg/m².

Such low levels suggest that the conscious use of PFC in the coating was not intentional.

The product has been tested by an independent institute for PFC. You can downlad the results here:

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MTN Attack 5 Texapore Mid M
Material composition:
  • Shell 100 % Polyester
  • Lining 1: 100 % Polyester
Fabrics in use:
  1. Main Fabric
    • DWR coating: PFC-free (water repellent finish: Huntsman)
    • Country of Origin: Taiwan
    • bluesign® approved fabric
  2. Lining 1
    • No DWR finish
    • Country of Origin: China
    • bluesign® approved fabric

4015631-1080 Crosswind Texapore Mid K

Season: Spring/Summer 2016 Production Country: Vietnam Garment Vendor: Trans Asia Shoes Co.Ltd.

Product description

A casual look, low weight and reliably waterproof: The CROSSWIND TEXAPORE MID is the waterproof variation of our CROSSWIND hiking shoe range and keeps feet dry when the weather turns bad. This is thanks to our tried-and-tested TEXAPORE membrane.

The lining absorbs sweat quickly and wicks it away from the foot. The high shaft made from coated leather and breathable material as well as the high-quality rubber sole also provide the foot with reliable support on uneven terrain.

Test result

As with all Jack Wolfskin products, the waterproof inner coating features polyurethane (PU) and is, therefore, 100% PFC-free.

The water-repellent coating of the outer and mesh materials is based on C6 technology. Our experts are working flat out to switch to using C6-based chemicals.

The product has been tested by an independent institute for PFC. You can downlad the results here:

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MTN Attack 5 Texapore Mid M
Material composition:
  • Main 90% Leder 10% Polyurethane
  • Lining 1: 100 % Polyester
  • Sole: 100 % Rubber
Materials:
  1. PU-coated leather and highly water-repellent, robust textile fabric
    • TEXAPORE: waterproof, breathable membrane
    • CIRCULINER: breathable, fast-drying polyester lining
    • WOLF HIKE K: flexible hiking sole for kids, with excellent grip on various terrains
  2. Reflectors
    • Protective heel and toecaps
    • Lacing with metal hooks and nylon loops
    • Weight: 610 g per pair (size 31)

4016971-6000 Seven Seas Men Sandals men

Season: Spring/Summer 2016 Production Country: China Garment Vendor: Garment Vendor: SGI International Corp.

Product description

Designed to cope with everything from river crossings to relaxing walks on the beach. The simple, sturdy SEVEN SEAS webbing sandal is one of our classic sandals. Their robust soles provide great support even when hiking. The Velcro on each of the three straps mean that they can be easily adjusted to fit.

Test result

Our shoes have been tested in a scientific laboratory. No PFCs were detected when tested.

The shoe is completely PFC-free.

The product has been tested by an independent institute for PFC. You can downlad the results here:

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MTN Attack 5 Texapore Mid M
Material composition:
  • Main: 100 % Polyester
  • Lining: 100 % EVA
  • Sole: 100 % Rubber
Other features:
  1. Robust webbing and soft, padded neoprene
    • MULTIPASS: versatile and robust sandal soles for hiking and leisure
    • SHOCK ABSORB SYSTEM: Cushioning shock pad on the heel
    • 3 Velcro strips
    • Weight: 730 g per pair (size 9)

25022 – 6601 Ancona Tagesrucksack

Season: Spring/Summer 2016 Production Country: Vietnam Garment Vendor: Max Zone Limited

Product description

The especially slimline ANCONA daypack sits very comfortably on the back. The advantages of the flat, low-bulk suspension system include a wide, fully padded contact surface and padded straps. This women’s backpack allows you to distribute contents between the main compartment, flat external pocket and two mesh side pouches. Lightweight and durable

Test result

The bluesign®-certified outer material of the backpack has been manufactured with C6-based technology. This material is manufactured under bluesign®-certified conditions based on the best available techniques.

When tested, low levels of C8 were detected (8:2 FTA of 0.000088 g/m² and 10:2 FTA of 0.000026 g/m²) With minute quantities such as those stated here, it can be assumed that it was not intentionally included in the coating.

Jack Wolfskin is looking to switch its water-repellent coatings on all products to be PFC-free by 2020.

The product has been tested by an independent institute for PFC. You can downlad the results here:

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MTN Attack 5 Texapore Mid M
Material composition:
  • Shell: 100 % Polyester
  • Lining: 100 % Polyester
Fabrics in use:
  1. Shell
    • Country of Origin: China
    • bluesign® approved fabric
  2. Lining 1
    • Country of Origin: China
    • bluesign® approved fabric

24040-635 Perfect Day

Season: Spring/Summer 2016 Production Country: Bangladesh Garment Vendor: Youngone CEPZ Ltd.

Product description

Room for all the necessary, everyday items: PERFECT DAY has everything required of a daypack! It features an A4-sized main compartment, an external pocket with organiser compartments and a stretchy side pocket. This classic design is also suitable for everyday use outside, as well as for travelling and on trips. The suspension system with wide shoulder straps and effective weight distribution provides great comfort when on the go.

Test result

The bluesign®-certified lining of the backpack has been manufactured with C6-based technology. This material is manufactured under bluesign®-certified conditions based on the best available techniques.

When tested, extremely low levels of C8 were detected (FTOH 8-2 of 0.000005 g/m² and FTOH 10-2 of 0.000002 g/m²). With minute quantities such as those stated here, it can be assumed that it was not intentionally included in the coating.

Jack Wolfskin is looking to switch its water-repellent coatings on all products to be PFC-free by 2020.

The product has been tested by an independent institute for PFC. You can downlad the results here:

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MTN Attack 5 Texapore Mid M
Material composition:
  • Shell: 100 % Polyester
  • Lining: 100 % Polyester
Fabrics in use:
  1. Shell
    • Country of Origin: China
    • bluesign® approved fabric
  2. Lining 1
    • Country of Origin: China
    • bluesign® approved fabric

1104992 Kimberley Parka

Season: spring/summer 2015 Production country: Indonesia Garment vendor: PT.Pancaprima Ekabrothers

Product description

Waterproof and robust parka
The robust, waterproof parka has – as is typical for this kind of jacket – large patch pockets, a slightly longer cut, and can be cinched in at the waist using a belt (with an elegant snap fastener).

Despite its durability, the breathable weatherproof material still feels pleasantly cotton-like to the touch.

Test result

The product is completely PFC-free.

The material’s waterproof outer coating comprises a PFC-free coating from Rudolf Chemie, and the lining features a PFC-free coating chemical from Hundsmann.

As with all Jack Wolfskin products, the waterproof inner coating comprises polyurethane (PU) and is, therefore, 100% PFC-free too.

The product has been tested by an independent institute for PFC. You can downlad the results here:

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MTN Attack 5 Texapore Mid M
Material composition:
  • Shell: 100% polyamide
  • Lining 1: 100% polyester
  • Lining 2: 100% polyamide
Fabrics in use:
  1. Main fabric
    • DWR coating: PFC-free (water-repellent finish: Rudolf Chemie)
    • Country of origin: South Korea
  2. Lining 1
    • DWR: PFC-free (Huntsman)
    • Country of origin: China
    • bluesign® approved fabric
  3. Lining 2
    • No DWR finish
    • Country of origin: China
    • bluesign® approved fabric

1105791 Cloudburst Pants Women

Season: autumn/winter 2015 Production country: Vietnam Garment vendor: Kido Industrial Co., Ltd.

Product description

These overtrousers are made from windproof, waterproof, breathable 2.5-layer material, making them both lightweight and compact. The zips on the lower legs allow them to be slipped on with ease when you’re out and about.

Test result

The outer coating of these bluesign®-certified trousers is based on C6 technology. This waterproof and water-repellent material is manufactured under bluesign®-certified conditions based on the best available techniques.

As with all Jack Wolfskin products, the waterproof inner coating features polyurethane (PU) and is, therefore, 100% PFC-free.

By 2020, Jack Wolfskin will have switched water-repellent coatings on all products to be PFC-free.

The product has been tested by an independent institute for PFC. You can downlad the results here:

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MTN Attack 5 Texapore Mid M
Material composition:
  • Shell: 100% polyamide
  • Pack bag: 100% polyamide
Fabrics in use:
  1. Main fabric
    • DWR coating: C6
    • Country of origin: Taiwan
    • bluesign® approved fabric
  2. Pack bag
    • DWR: PFC-free
    • Country of origin: South Korea

2003811 EDS Dynamic 48 Pack

Season: autumn/winter 2015 Production country: Vietnam Garment vendor: ASG International Corp.

Product description

This classically structured rucksack has a wide range of uses thanks to its extensive features.

The new EDS suspension system means that the rucksack achieves a new dimension in comfort. The cushioning and belt can be adjusted before you put the rucksack on and while you’re wearing it, so you can make adjustments while on the go.

The pack sack features the standard main and base compartments. The base compartment is especially easy to reach thanks to the ergonomically shaped zip. The top cover features two more zip compartments.

• Back length: M–XL
• Adjustable top cover pocket
• Mesh pouch: 2
• Dimensions: 80 x 33 x 31 cm
• Capacity: 48 litres
• Weight: 1750g

Test result

The backpack boasts an extremely low concentration of C8 (8:2 FTOH of 0.000013 g/m²).

We believe that this is due to contamination during the production, storage or transportation process.

With minute quantities such as those stated here, it can be assumed that it was not intentionally included in the coating.

We are, however, continuing to work with this vendor to constantly improve the material.

The product has been tested by an independent institute for PFC. You can downlad the results here:

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MTN Attack 5 Texapore Mid M
Material composition:
  1. Outer material: 100% polyamide
  2. Outer material: 100% polyamide
  3. Outer material: 100% polyester
  4. Lining: 100% polyamide

3001912 GRAND ILLUSION IV

Season: spring/summer 2015 Production country: China Garment vendor: Shanghai Yangfan Ind.Com.Ltd

Product description

This dome tent is suitable for four people. The large front vestibule provides storage space for luggage and sheltered cooking.

Thanks to a specially developed pole construction, the tent can be pitched quickly and easily. The excellent features provide a pleasant, homely atmosphere and include two large windows, four inside storage pouches and two roof vents for greater comfort and convenience. The sleeping cabin is darkened.

• Tent pole diameter: 9.5–11.1 mm
• Entrances: 2
• Windows: 2
• Air vents: fly: 2/inner tent: 4
• Guylines: 7
• Tent pegs: 18
• Capacity: 4
• Inner tent dimensions: [L x W x H] 230 x 215 x 140 cm
• Maximum height: 155/150 cm
• Front vestibule depth: 185 & 55 cm
• Packing size: 61 x 24/21 cm
• Weight: 6550 g (reduced weight: 6240 g)

Test result

The outer, water-repellent tent material displays a very low concentration of C6 (FTOH 6-2 of 0.000015 g/m²).

With minute quantities such as those stated here, it can be assumed that it was not intentionally included in the coating.

We believe that this is due to contamination during the production, storage or transportation process.

We are, however, continuing to work with this vendor to constantly improve the material.

The product has been tested by an independent institute for PFC. You can downlad the results here:

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MTN Attack 5 Texapore Mid M
Material composition:
  • Fly 1: 100% polyester
  • Fly 2: 100% polyester
  • Inner tent: 100% polyester
  • Floor: 100% polyester
Fabrics in use:
  1. Fly 1
    • Country of origin: China
  2. Fly 2
    • Country of origin: China
  3. Inner tent
    • Country of origin: China
  4. Floor
    • Country of origin: China

4017871 ALL Terrain 7 Texapore Mid

Season: spring/summer 2015 Production country: Vietnam Garment vendor: Trans Asia Shoes Co.Ltd.

Product description

A classic JACK WOLFSKIN trekking shoe, this model boasts great comfort, good roll-through performance, thick cushioning, a high traction, torsion-resistant sole and reliable protection against wet weather. This shoe is ideal for hikes and tours lasting several days.

The upper is made of suede which ensures stability and durability.

• Weight: 1120 g per pair (size 6) mens’ model
• Weight: 1230 g per pair (size 9) womens’ model

Test result

Leather:

Our shoes have been tested in a scientific laboratory. During the tests, only a very small quantity of PFC was found in the leather. Such low levels suggest that the conscious use of PFC in the coating was not intentional.

Mesh material:

Our shoes have been tested in a scientific laboratory. During testing, a low concentration of C8 (FTOH 8-2 of 0.000018 g/m²) was found in the mesh material of the shoe.

With minute quantities such as those stated here, it can be assumed that it was not intentionally included in the coating.

We believe that this is due to contamination during the production, storage or transportation process.

We are, however, continuing to work with this vendor to constantly improve the material.

The product has been tested by an independent institute for PFC. You can downlad the results here:

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MTN Attack 5 Texapore Mid M
Material composition:
  • Main fabric: 100% leather
  • Mesh: 100% polyester
  • Filling: 100% polyester

4017571 MTN ATTACK 5 TEXAPORE MID M

Season: spring/summer 2015 Production country: China Garment vendor: Victory Footwear Co., Ltd

Product description

This waterproof hiking shoe is an absolute classic in the collection thanks to its versatility. With the upper made of suede and an air-permeable, hard-wearing polyester material, the membrane and breathable lining provide protection against weather and a high degree of climate comfort.

The lightweight, robust sole cushions the shoe along its full length and makes it suitable for both easy trails and tours lasting two or three days.

• Weight: 1020 g per pair (size 9)

Test result

Our shoes have been tested in a scientific laboratory. During the tests, only a very small quantity of PFC was found. Such low levels suggest that the conscious use of PFC in the coating was not intentional.

The product has been tested by an independent institute for PFC. You can downlad the results here:

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MTN Attack 5 Texapore Mid M
Material composition:
  • Main material: 100% leather
  • Mesh: 100% polyester
  • Lining: 100% polyester

Our motivation

Clothing is important to us. Very important since we wear it on a daily basis. It keeps us warm and protects us from environmental influences such as rain and snow. It is a statement, it shows who we are or who we want to be, and sometimes, it’s simply just comfortable.

Therefore, the production of our clothing is particularly essential to us because it means so much to us and our customers. We pay attention to which products are used in manufacturing, but also under what conditions these are also produced.
As a manufacturer of outdoor clothing, we develop products for the outdoors in order to experience and explore nature. Consequently, maintaining nature and our living space is very important to us, as we, too, like to be outdoors and want to preserve the world for the generations to come.

Our partners

We’re not alone on our way to a sustainable collection. From an early stage, we have had partners at our side to help us achieve our goal. The Bluesign label ensures environmentally friendly production, whilst the Fair Wear Foundation checks the working conditions of employees in developing countries.

Would you like to know more about this topic? You’ll find our most important partners and their websites here.

bluesign system partner
We became a bluesign® system partner in 2011 in order to restrict the chemicals used during the manufacturing process.
fairwear foundation
We have been honoured with an award by the Fair Wear Foundation for our commitment to social, safe and fair working conditions for our suppliers worldwide. In the Brand Performance Check 2015 from FWF, we achieved leader status, the best possible grade, with 82% of the points to be achieved.
textiles vertrauen
As a responsible brand, we have been committed for years to upholding our own comprehensive list of "blacklist" chemicals, which, at the very least, complies with the Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 threshold values.
ZDHC
As a member of the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals group, we are also implementing the "Joint Roadmap" plan with the aim of phasing out the release of harmful substances, including PFCs, by 2020 at the latest.

FAQ's

  • 1. Why are PFCs used in textile coatings at all?

    PFCs are primarily used due to the permanent water and dirt-repellent characteristics they provide to impregnations (DWR) on the outer material of weatherproof clothing. Aside from their water and dirt-repellent characteristics, these products are durable and resistant.
  • 2. I have a Jack Wolfskin jacket that isn’t PFC-free. Can I continue to wear it in spite of this?

    Yes, absolutely! Regulatory and supervisory boards all over the world have indicated that consumers who use outdoor products containing PFC are not subjected to higher levels of risk.
  • 3. Are there alternatives to coatings containing PFCs?

    Currently, there are a number of alternatives to water-repellent coatings containing PFCs. They are based on different technologies. Tests must be done on every single material and the correct coatings chosen.
    When it comes to water-repellent quality and durability, our PFC-free coatings are in no way inferior to ones containing PFCs. The only thing that is not currently possible with PFC-free coatings is an oil-repellent effect.
  • 4. Do softshells and fleece jackets also have a water-repellent coating?

    Softshell jackets that are only water-repellent and not waterproof have a coating on their outer layer, allowing water to drip off. These can either have a coating containing PFCs or be PFC-free. We mark all waterproof and water-repellent products with a sticker so that you are able to tell whether the jacket is 100% PFC-free or not.
    Fleece jackets have no water-repellent coating and are therefore completely PFC-free.
  • 5. Are PFCs used in waterproof TEXAPORE membranes and coatings?

    Jack Wolfskin’s TEXAPORE weatherproof technology is based on membranes and coatings made from polyurethane (PU). These membranes and coatings are extremely flexible and durable, and offer the very best wind and waterproofness as well as high breathability. No PFCs are used in TEXAPORE products.