A Jacket That Works
We have marked our card with „babywearing outdoors“ and if you plan to get out then you need to wear something appropriate. mamalila jackets are therefore not just well thought through babywearing jackets but always also high-quality functional jackets. Jackets that warm, without overheating, and which keep not only the baby but also the mother nicely dry. Making wearing the jacket and babywearing in the jacket a true pleasure.
After all a padded winter jacket has different qualities than a trench coat, and a professional outdoor jacket needs to meet more stringent requirements than a woolen coat. Our function icons show at a glance which characteristics are valid for a product, ranging from 1 (very low) to 6 (very high).
Uniform standards define the water permeability of a fabric through water pressure, measured in millimetres of water column. As a rule, a fabric is waterproof from a water column of 1,500 mm and anything under is merely water repellent. Additionally, strong winds or a worn backpack can put extra pressure on the fabric. In the actual application, a water column of approximately 5,000 mm to 8,000 mm proves to be adequate for everyday use, at lower values the rain protection is rather inadequate. And with a water column of 20,000 mm (Level 6) you move into a high-quality functional area, where you can walk for hours on end in the rain. If you so choose!
Windproofing to avoid the „wind chill factor“ is important for jackets. This “wind chill” is due to the difference between the measured air temperature and the sensed temperature, which is strongly dependent on the wind speed. Therefore, a windproof jacket has the advantage that the wearer remains warm without thicker insulation even if it is windy.
Breathability is more a question of moisture and less about air, specifically water vapour. The better the fabric can direct this water vapour to the outside, the dryer the jacket will remain during strenous physical exertion and the higher the level of breathing activity.
Protection from the cold
How well a jacket warms depends not only on the materials used but also, on the activity of the wearer – keep moving, keep warm. Regardless of this factor, with this category you can easily see if the jacket is a lighter one for transitioning seasons or if it is thermal padded and suitable for winter.