New partners for HDry® bio-based waterproof laminate announced
Posted December 22, 2021
HDry is the most advanced technology for waterproofing outdoor products through direct 3D lamination of a waterproof-breathable membrane with the added benefit of the elimination of harmful compounds. It’s another step forward in ecological technology for “direct lamination,” in high-performing waterproof outdoor products.
HDry® announced Canada Goose as a new brand partner integrating the latest direct lamination technology for the Snow Mantra winter boot. Canada Goose, SCARPA performance footwear and KUIU performance hunting gear all share the same interest in sustainably sourced performance components with their commitment to the environmental principles.
With the recent launch of its first footwear collection, Canada Goose completes its range of products characterized by design focused on performance and protection. For the waterproofing and breathability function, the Canadian brand has relied on HDry, a 100% Italian technology, developed by Altexa, specialized in protective technologies for clothing and footwear.
In the SCARPA Phantom Tech boot, the Canada Goose Snow Mantra Boot – born from the brand's product, the Snow Mantra Parka – and Journey Boot, and KUIU select gloves and Scarpa Rebel K Insulated 10HD boot, the inside of the upper is fully laminated with the waterproof membrane that creates a completely sealed water barrier. The peculiarity of HDry technology compared to traditional membranes for footwear lies in the unparalleled ‘3D Direct Lamination’ process, i.e. a “micro-point” gluing of the membrane on the inner surface of the upper, made when this is already assembled and sewn, with hooks and zippers applied.
These results are made possible by a patented machine originating from the “diaphragm forming” technology used in aerospace construction and which allows to laminate even complex three-dimensional surfaces with high production efficiency.
The main advantage of HDry is therefore to block rain and cold at the outermost level of the shoe, while traditional systems with a waterproof membrane still allow water to penetrate through the upper and then stop it only at the level of the lining, preventing it from reaching the foot. Here is an example of the process for the The Snow Mantra Arctic Boot, featuring HDry – Altexa srl Italy, waterproof/breathable technology: Video
Source: GHS Holdings