Ultra-light, water-repellent and breathable, the Waite Windbreaker is an all‑purpose weather beater built with a four-way stretch fabric that moves with you at full stride.
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A windbreaker is essential: a versatile piece that adds a bit of warmth, but more importantly, fends off the elements, like wind, rain, sleet or snow. The problem is that most windbreakers live at the ends of spectrum. At one end are the fully water-proof jackets that keep you dry, but are heavier and don’t breathe, making it feel like you’re running in a sauna. At the other end are the stiff nylon shells that provide a basic layer of protection, but don’t stretch and stick to your skin if it gets wet, performing no better than a garbage bag. The Waite Windbreaker solves this elemental issue.
Every time we design a product that’s intended to beat Mother Nature, we find ourselves at Schoeller – the innovative Swiss textile manufacturer. We asked them to help us create an ultra-light, water-repellent jacket that’s breathable and has stretch. And they delivered one of the world’s most technical fabrics.
The innovation is in the weave. Hydrophobic and hydrophilic nylon yarns are woven in a way that allows air to pass through while water beads off. Elastane adds stretch in a techno-fabric that weighs less than 80 grams per square meter.
The Waite is perfect for breezy and misty days. It moves and performs in a way that a classic windbreaker never will. But we didn’t stop with the fabric. We also designed a streamlined hood for extra protection and included zippered pockets for securing personal items and elasticated cuffs to keep the wind from blowing up your sleeve.
The roots of some of running’s highest performance fabrics date back to 1849 when a German named Rudolph Schoeller began manufacturing textiles in Silesia. In 1868 he moved to Switzerland to open the country's first worsted yarn spinning mill. As rapid industrial growth transformed manufacturing, Schoeller kept pace, embracing technological progress to speed production and automation.
Today, Schoeller Textil AG is known world-wide for producing the most innovative fabrics and technologies for peak athletic performance. They were also the first textile manufacturer to receive the bluesign® award for sustainable development.