Technical information

Leather

Leather/Palm

Leather is one of nature’s most breathable materials (leather is skin with pores). Auclair’s leather is treated to be resistant to rain and perspiration. When wet, Auclair’s leather will dry soft and retain high tensile strength (resistant to abrasion) if permitted to dry naturally.

Leather is drum-dyed, this process preserves the softness of the skin, the clarity of color, and the luxurious feeling of the natural leather. Without a spray coating it is referred to as “Naked Leather”. All leather for ski gloves should be drum-dyed.

Animals are not killed for the production of gloves and mitts. Gloves/Mitts are a by-product from the animals used for food.

Leather Care

If leather is wet, dry naturally. Keep away from direct or extreme heat. Wash only with mild saddle soap and water. Avoid using any harsh detergent as this removes the nautral oils from the skin

Armortan®

Tanned with ceramic “armour plates” incorporated deep into the leather structure offer a protective, yet highly flexible coating around the fiber bundles. The protective treatment increases the abrasion resistant by 25%, thus improving the leather’s durability against wear upon contact with other surfaces. Whilst very strong, Pittards Armortan® still retains its unique performance characteristics of water repellency, perspiration resistance, abrasion resistance, breathability and feel, as well as fit and grip.

Goatskin

The leather is extremely durable, and very soft. Often it is not left naked as the animal roams free and gets scratched and bitten. As the skin show scars, the leathers are lightly sprayed - making them more water repellent and lustrous.

Deerskin

Nature’s softest leather with natural water-repellency dries soft after being wet.

Sheepskin

Don’t be fooled by thinking this is the wooly creature you are used to, it is more like a goat, it has hair not wool, it has extremely soft and lustrous qualities.

Cowhide

A popular drum-dyed leather used for shoes, clothing, and upholstery. There are selected skins saved for gloving leather. It has strong tensile fibers that make the product endure. As the gloves are worn, they take the shape of the wearer and become more lustrous and comfortable.

Pigskin/Pigsuede

Premium quality pigskin - The “softest of pigskins” is highly breathable and has long wearing characteristics. It is used extensively in our Sport Collection for its flexibility and great gripping action.

ISULATION

Thinsulate
3M and Thinsulate are trademarks of 3M

The unique microfibers of Thinsulate™ insulation are ten times smaller than the fibers of other synthetic insulations which means warmth without bulk. This premium insulation keeps you warm by trapping and retaining body heat, while keeping low profile loft.

Thinsulate™ Platinum Insulation is soft with luxurious microfibers that provide a silky down-like feel. It is thin, lightweight, warm, breathable, moisture resistant and able to maintain warmth even under damp conditions.

150 grams of 3M™ Thinsulate™ Insulation provides superior, lightweight warmth in a high-loft insulation. It’s used in sleeping bags, gloves and high-quality garments. It features a unique, patented formulation that result in a soft hand and lofty appearance.

100 grams of 3M™ Thinsulate™ Insulation has excellent Moisture Vapor Transmission. It stays highly breathable and dries quickly to keep wearer comfortable. Its unique microfibers are up to ten times smaller than the fibers of other synthetic insulations, which means they’re more effective at trapping insulating air and reflecting back the body’s radiant heat.

40 grams of 3M™ Thinsulate™ Insulation provides nearly one and one-half times the warmth of down and twice the warmth of other high-loft insulations when equal thicknesses are compared. It’s thin and compressible allowing for freedom of movement and flexibility.

PrimaLoft

We use branded insulations because that gives the consumer confidence. We know and the consumer knows what to expect from the product.

PrimaLoft® Gold is highest performing synthetic insulation on the market for warmth, water resistance, softness and compressibility. PrimaLoft Gold is an ultra-fine microfiber insulation that is warm, soft, lightweight and warmer wet or dry than all other insulations.

Mirafil

Our own high loft lightweight polyester insulation provides exceptional warmth without the bulk. Easily washable and maintains its form. Anti-allergenic.

MIRAFIL™ GOLD Softer silkier plush, insulation 100 - 200 gm with waterproofness

MIRAFIL™ SILVER Brighter soft loft fiberfill 100 - 200 gm

MIRAFIL™ GREEN Soft dense insulation for fashion fit or combined with soft loft for plush feeling

THERMOLITE®

Thermolite® insulation provides warmth and comfort without weight. Thermolite is hollow-core fibers trap in air for greater insulation for light, yet heavy-duty performance.

GOOSEDOWN

The lightest, warmest and most compressible insulation available. Providing ultimate warmth by trapping a layer of air within the down, separating the wearer from the outside cold.

DUCKDOWN

Nature’s premium insulation. Down clusters create “loft” that traps air providing optimal thermal regulation. The greater the loft, the warmer the insulation.

FIBREFILL

Soft feather touch fiberfill is used to plump up gloves and trap warm air held in the insulated materials.

THERMAL CELLULAR FOAM

Thermal cellular foam traps warmed air. You will find we use 3M™ Thinsulate™ exclusively and according to their recommended specifications, we cover the hand completely fully wrapping the fingers, thumb and whole hand.

WINDBLOCK

The wind barrier that provides thermal insulation by blocking wind against the back of hand. Especially soft, quiet and breathable used in our fleece program.

TECHNICAL SYNTHETIC PALM MATERIAL

Synthetic palm material

Hi-tech synthetic palm materials are highly resistant to abrasion. They vary in breathability and waterproofness. Breathability is important because when you are dry, you are warm. Elasticity is important simply because you move your fingers more than your toes and feet; or, any other part of your body.

AMARA

Polyurethane or nylon “polyamide”, like suede, extremely resistant to abrasion, highly breathable.

Designer silicone palms

Waterproofness and great grip.

SHELL FABRIC

Gigatex

Laminated 2 way stretch nylon – water repellent, breathable, windproof, flexible and highly resistant to abrasion.

Taslan nylon

Extremely durable fabric with polyurethane water repellent coating to enhance seam strength and durability. Nylon dries quickly and washed well.

Ripstop nylon

Woven nylon fabric using special reinforcing technique that produces a fabric that is extremely resistant to tearing and ripping. Polyurethane coated for water repellency.

"Tactel-like nylon"

Rough, tough, rugged nylon (polyamide), is also soft, and drapes comfortably around the hand. It is coated with milky polyurethane for water repellency and strength.

Neoprène

A synthetic rubber material designed to be flexible, resilient and highly resistant to abrasion. Weather resistant with great thermal insulation properties even when wet. Light and comfortable.

Microfibers

Densely woven fine yarns of nylon and/or polyester. Water rolls off the surface but allows perspiration to pass through. Some have a ciré finish. Others have a matte “cotton” finish. All are tested for strength at the seams.

FLEECES

Fleece fabric and Polyester Polar fleece are extremely warm and insulating fabrics, perfect for winter handwear.

Polyester fleece

At Auclair, we are very particular and fussy about our lining materials. Our fleeces wick away moisture and must feel very soft and plush. When a consumer tries the glove, it should "feel good" and it will if the liner fits the shell.

Mélange Fleece has subtle blends of colored fleece yarns to offer a sophisticated, subdued, soft color palette, like a Scottish field of fall foliage.

Anti-pilling fleece has been knitted and specially brushed and crimped to give a soft puffy look that won’t pill. Some knitters even get a wavy effect, like cashmere. Enjoy the softness and wearability that wears without pilling.

4-way POLARTEC® and our own special blend is also available.

Microfleece is a soft, napped, synthetic wool like material made from polyester. It is warm like wool and similar in appearance but it is much softer, lighter and easier to wear. It is also more environmentally friendly than wool.

MÉRINO

Merino wool is wool that is excellent at regulating body temperature. It has a wicking feature explained by having fibers that are hydrophobic at one end and hydrophilic at the other end, transmitting water vapor (sweat). Thus, the wearer feels no moisture. Its lanolin is in fact also antimicrobial as well. All wool keeps one warm even if wet, but this wool is more efficient at saving body heat, due to its fine hair. It can make a very fine light- weight garment that gives warmth without weight, an important feature in outdoor products.

MEMBRANE SYSTEMS & WATERPROOF / WINDBLOCK SYSTEMS

Waterproof gloves have been used for medical, industrial, and household purposes for a long time. But use for sport and recreation seems to be relatively new. For example, we used wind shell nylon oxford mitts to protect leather gloves when powder and back bowl skiing in the fifties. The idea to put a bag inside the glove is now already over twenty years old. The “bag” a totally self-sealed insert is placed between the lining and the outer shell - as close to the skin as construction will allow. The film is not comfortable against the skin - it triggers a “clammy” sensation.

PORELLE® membranes

Breathable, waterproof, durable, high performance, advanced, technology, flexible, windproof and 100% effective.

2-PLY PORELLE®

Porelle® is laminated to 1 layer of fleece, the laminate is visible, one side.

3-PLY PORELLE®

Porelle® is a sandwich laminated between 2 layers of fleece.

SKI-DRI

Auclair’s own breathable, waterproof and windproof polyurethane insert in palm.

DRITEX glove inserts

Our own polyurethane glove inserts: sonic stitched to provide totally waterproof, windproof hand-gear. Made especially for the younger crowd who drag their knuckles in the snow.

AU-DRY Platinum

Au-Dry Platinum Highly breathable membrane that is waterproof and windproof

TECHNICAL PROTECTION MATERIAL

EVA Foam

This copolymer foam is flexible and offers durable protection

D30® Technologies

Is a substance called a dilatant that in its raw state flows freely but on shock locks together to absorb and disperse energy as heat before returning to its semi fluid state. Compared to plain polyurethane, the foam matrix dissipates more energy and offers optimal shock absorption with the thinnest protection against knocks and drops.