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Pertex Shield+ is the next generation of Pertex Shield, a fusion of technically advanced face fabrics with polyurethane film laminates, with a focus on softness and light weight. It offers high levels of wind and water protection with excellent breathability to create the ultimate lightweight, waterproof performance fabric for fast moving outdoor athletes and activities such as alpine climbing, cycling, adventure racing and skiing.
Pertex Shield+ has a hydrostatic head of 20,000mm, twice as high as the original Pertex Shield, and is completely windproof.
Velcro has been holding things together for well over 50 years and today is found on everything from softshell jackets to climbing harnesses to tents. The design came about after Georges de Mestral noticed cockleburs sticking to his trousers and his dog during a walk. Velcro simulates this idea to create fabrics which stick together: one with thousands of tiny hooks and one with thousands of tiny loops.
The word has become a generic term for any fastening which works on the Velcro principle, whose patent expired in the 70's. Alternatives are often called 'hook and loop' or 'touch' fasteners, but some manufacturers choose to spend more to buy official Velcro branded products for their lines.
YKK is a Japanese group of manufacturing companies and is the world's largest zipper manufacturer with a reputation for reliable and durable build quality in their zips. It was founded in 1934 by Mr Yoshida and known as Yoshida Kogyo Kabushikikaisha.
Today YKK produces zippers for everything from handbags to wetsuits as well as many other fasteners. They are at the forefront of innovation in fastener design and will generally last longer than similar non-branded designs.
The Spark is Rab's minimalist lightweight waterproof, built from 2.5 layer Pertex Shield+ with a bit of stretch for active use. The hood fits over a helmet and has a wired peak to keep the rain off your face, if it ever stops raining simply roll it down and fasten it with the little clip. The light weight and stretch fabric make the Spark ideal for fast alpine ascents and adventure racing, or anything else where mobility, weight and protection from the weather are finely balanced.
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