Our new Liathach Cotton Analogy Smock is on its way to Leeds University Centre of Technical Textiles for Rain Room Testing.
The Liathach will be our top end Cotton Analogy Smock combining an outer of Ventile with a Nikwax Analogy® Pump Liner.
When passed each garment will have a Nikwax Analogy® Waterproof badge as proof of its waterproof capabilities.
The Leeds University Test Centre was set up by Nikwax to test the Páramo brand. The test process is rigourous and consists of:
- Mannequins are clothed in fleece cotton tracksuits and balaclavas.
These are absorbent but do not wick easily, which aids detection of water movement.
- The Liathach Smock will be placed over the top.
- The clothed mannequin is positioned under the shower tester with one arm pointing forward and the other slightly downward to mimic a walking position. The mannequin revolves six times per minute, for up to four hours.
- Heavy rain is simulated – with a range of drop diameters at an intensity of 28-32mm per hour some 10 times the intensity of normal heavy rain in the UK).
See Leeds University Test Centre for more info.