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Why a DWR is Necessary But Not Sufficient for Waterproof Youth Gear

Why a DWR is Necessary But Not Sufficient for Waterproof Youth Gear

by Marc Dietz February 19, 2018 0 Comments

As we’ve been highlighting with a few blog posts (and in this recent video we did with an outdoor industry blogger), there are several factors that go into making a layering system to keep your kids warm and dry when skiing, snowboarding, or just playing outside in the snow. One key factor is what is known as a durable water repellent (DWR). In this post, we highlight what it is, what it is not, and a key distinction in how brands market their products to be aware of.

What is a DWR?

A DWR is a coating that is applied to the outer (face) fabric of a jacket or pant. It permeates the fabric and creates a thin layer of protection against moisture. It allows water droplets to “bead up” on the surface versus soaking into the fabric. The purpose of the DWR, in general, is to prevent moisture from getting in but, more specifically, it is designed to keep the face fabric from getting saturated with moisture for as long as possible.

 

 

In an upcoming post, we will highlight the importance of a waterproof/breathable membrane for outdoor youth gear designed for winter sports like skiing and snowboarding. These two features are separate but actually work together. The longer the DWR can keep moisture from saturating (wetting out) the face fabric, the better the membrane can do its job in managing breathability (allowing sweat vapor to escape). Once the face fabric wets out, the membrane will still provide the waterproof barrier from moisture coming in, but the garment will not be as breathable.

Why a DWR is Necessary but Not Sufficient for Full Waterproofing

Low quality DWRs do not repel water for long and will lose their effectiveness after machine-washing a garment several times. Higher quality DWRs both repel moisture longer during use and are also more durable over time. But, it is important to note, that all DWRs will eventually allow the face fabric of a jacket or pant to become saturated.

This is important when evaluating any outerwear garment that says it is “water resistant.” Water resistant does not equal waterproof. Water-resistant winter jackets and pants are treated with a DWR and, therefore, do offer some level of temporary protection, but to keep kids warm and dry in the snow for extended periods of time (like the normal amount of time they want to be outside having fun), it is important to look for products with both a waterproof membrane as well as a good DWR coating for maximum protection.

 




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Size Guides

SHRED DOG size guides are based on body size not garment measurements.

Please note that all SHRED DOG products are designed to layer, therefore each product is cut and sized to accommodate the appropriate layers underneath it. 

Fit

If you want a "true to size" fit today with minimal room to grow, order the size that your kid falls into on the charts below.

If you want a "looser" fit with more room to grow, we recommend ordering 1 size up and using the Adjust-A-Fit System to shorten the sleeves or pant legs. As kids grow, the sleeves and pant legs can extend with them (only on Hardshells, Insulators, and Pants).

How To Measure

To get the best fitting products please take a few minutes to measure your kid following these simple steps.

For all measuring use a flexible tape. If you do not have a flexible measuring tape, you can you a piece of string etc. to take the initial measurement and then hold it up to a construction style measuring tape.

1) Chest - Measure horizontally around the fullest area of the chest (underneath the arms) with the arms down
2) Waist or Hip – use whichever measurement is bigger to select your final size
a) Waist - Measure horizontally around the narrowest part of the waist, (which is about 2 inches above the belly button)
b) Hip - With feet together measure around the fullest point of the hip,  keeping the tape measure horizontal
3) Sleeve Length - With arms in their natural position down by the side, start at point where the spine meets the base of your neck, measure out to the shoulder, then down to the wrist bone
4) Inseam Length - From crotch, along inside of the leg, to the floor.

 

*NOTE - All outerwear pieces (Hardshells, Insulators, and Pants) can have the sleeves and pant legs reduced up to 2" with our Adjust-A-Fit system. As kids grow, the sleeves and pant legs can grow with them.

2020/2021 New Styles & Team Uniform Products

Elevated Kids' Hardshell, Element Kids' Insulator, Elevated Kids' Bib / Pant, Essential Kids' Mid-layer Fleece.

All measurements are in inches.

 SIZE 4 5 6 8 10 12 14 16

CHEST

22 - 23 23 - 24 24 -25.5 26 - 27.5 28 - 30 30.5 - 32.5 33 - 34.5 35 - 37

SLEEVE LENGTH

22 24 26 27.5 29 31 33 35

WAIST

21.5 22 22.5 - 23 23.5 - 24.5 25 - 26.5 27 - 28.5 29 - 30 30.5 - 32
HIP 22 23 23 - 24 24 - 27.5 28 - 29.5 30 - 31.5 32 - 33.5

34 - 36

INSEAM LENGTH 21.37 22.37 23.37 24.87 27.37 28.87 30.37 31.87

 

Foundation Kids' Baselayers

All Measurements are in inches.

 SIZE S (4-6) M (8-10) L (12-14) XL (16+)
CHEST 22 - 25.5 26 - 30 30.5 - 34.5 35 - 37
SLEEVE LENGTH 22 - 26 27.5 - 29 31 - 33 35
WAIST 21.5 - 23 23.5 - 26.5 27 - 30 30.5 - 32
HIP 22 - 24 24 - 29.5

30 - 33.5

34 - 36

INSEAM LENGTH 21.37 - 23.37 24.87 - 27.37 28.87 - 30.37 31.87

 

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    Boys T-Shirts

    All Measurements are in inches.

    Height is measured from highest point of shoulder to bottom hem.

     SIZE

    XS (4-5)

    S (6-7)

    M (8)

    L (10-12)

    CHEST

    28

    31

    34

    37

    HEIGHT 19 20.5 22 23.5

    Girls T-Shirts

    All Measurements are in inches.

    Height is measured from highest point of shoulder to bottom hem.

     SIZE

    XS (3-4)

    S (6)

    M (7-8)

    L (10-12)

    CHEST

    23

    25

    27

    30

    HEIGHT 19 20 21 23

    Mens T-Shirts

    All Measurements are in inches.

    Height is measured from highest point of shoulder to bottom hem.

     SIZE

    S

    M

    XL 

    XXL

    CHEST

    38

    41

    44

    48

    52

    HEIGHT 28 29 30 31 32

     

    Womens T-Shirts

    All Measurements are in inches.

    Height is measured from highest point of shoulder to bottom hem.

     SIZE

    S

    M

    CHEST

    32.5

    34.5

    36.5

     

    HEIGHT 25.375 26 26.625

    Girls Xena Hardshell, Swissie Convertible Bib Pant

    All Measurements are in inches.

     SIZE 4 5 6 S (8) M (10) L (12) XL (14)
    CHEST
    20.5 - 21.5

    22 - 23

    23 - 24 24 - 25.5 26 - 27.5 28 - 30

    30.5 - 32.5

    SLEEVE LENGTH 20 22 24 26 27.5 29 31
    WAIST 21 21.5 22 22.5 - 23 23.5 - 24.5 25 - 26.5 27 - 28.5
    HIP 21 22 23 23 - 24 24 - 27.5 28 - 29.5

    30 - 31.5

    INSEAM LENGTH 20.37 21.37 22.37 23.37 24.87 27.37

    28.37

    Girls Seamless Baselayers

    All Measurements are in inches.

     SIZE XS/S (4 - 6) S/M (8 - 10) M/L (12 - 14)
    CHEST 22 - 25.5 26 - 30 30.5 - 34.5
    WAIST 21.5 - 23 23 - 26 26.5 - 29.5
    HIP 22 - 24 24 - 29.5

    30 - 33.5

     

    Boys Duke Hardshell, Ridgeback Convertible Bib Pant, Malamute Insulator

    All Measurements are in inches.

     SIZE 4 5 6 S (8) M (10) L (12) XL (14)
    CHEST
    20.5 - 21.5

    22 - 23

    23 - 24 24 - 25.5 26 - 27.5 28 - 30

    30.5 - 32.5

    SLEEVE LENGTH 20 22 24 26 27.5 29 31
    WAIST 21 21.5 22 22.5 - 23 23.5 - 24.5 25 - 26.5 27 - 28.5
    HIP 21 22 23 23 - 24 24 - 27.5 28 - 29.5

    30 - 31.5

    INSEAM LENGTH 20.37 21.37 22.37 23.37 24.87 27.37

    28.37


       

    Boys Seamless Baselayers

    All Measurements are in inches.

    SIZE XS/S S/M M/L
    CHEST 22 - 25.5 25.5 - 29.5 30 - 34
    WAIST 21.5 - 23 23.5 - 26.5 27 - 30
    HIP 22 - 24 24 - 29 29.5 - 33

      

    Hats

    KID ADULT
    CENTIMETERS 52 - 56 56 - 60
    INCHES 20.5 - 22 22 - 23.5
    US HAT SIZING 6 1/2 - 7 7 - 7 7/8