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Technologies

We've been pushing the boundaries when it comes to superior fabric technologies for more than 30 years, so you can confidently take on any adventure and control your unknown.

PrimaLoft® Insulation Technology

The future of cold weather gear has arrived with PrimaLoft® Insulation Technology. Looks like down, feels like down and performs like down. Small, silky plumes of synthetic fiber work in symphony to mimic the a luxuriously silky fill with the warmth, compressibility, and lightweight loft of goose down.

Read more about the different types of Primaloft here.

eVent® Waterproof

eVent® Waterproof fabric technology provides breathable shelter from any storm. Waterproof garments that are breathable should also mean dry and comfortable. eVent® fabrics was the first to engineer and use patented Direct Venting technology so rain can't get in, but sweat can get out in an instant. Ideal for high mountaineering where physical exertion is tested to its limits, but staying dry is crucial to survival.

VapourTex Waterproofing

This breathable and lightweight waterproof fabric is used for selected First Ascent outerwear and activewear garments. Garments which bear a Vapourtex Fabric mark are waterproof, keeping you protected during moderate rain conditions. Look out for seam-sealed garments, these garments will provide you with the highest level of coverage in wet weather conditions.


Singtex® Stormfleece™

STORMFLEECE™ unique patented single layer woven technology unites softshell and fleece into one, achieving the right balance between breathability, wind resistance and/or water resistance. Its densely woven surface blocks wind and/or water without the need for lamination making it durable to washes. Its soft, plush interior encapsulates warm air keeping the wearer warm.

Read more about Singtex® Stormfleece™ here.

teVolé Elastane

A new generation of imported elastane developed to provide superior fourway directional stretch for unrivalled comfort and mobility during activity. teVolé Elastane provides exceptional garment recovery for increased durability. Used in garments that are designed for high intensity, this elastane offers incredible breathability and moisture-wicking properties, for carefree training.

Down Insulation

The First Ascent down range features the highest quality down to provide superior insulation. Down's fill-power rating is an indicator of each garment's warmth-to-weight ratio and compressibility, both features which give down its ability to retain warmth and provide unrivalled comfort. First Ascent down garments feature a fill-power rating of 600 to 650 and are insulated with a high down-to-feather ratio, giving each garment its high loft and exceptional insulation benefits.

Polygiene®

Polygiene prevents the growth of odor-causing bacteria at the source. The small particles of the Polygiene treatment are trapped by a mechanical binding in all gaps, fiber joints, and holes in the fabric. Thanks to the strong binding forces combined with the big surface provided by the fabric, a big amount of treatment can stick to the fabric. It stays in the fabric permanently in the same way a grass stain stays on a white pair of trousers, wash after wash.

Tech Fleece Insulation

Tech Fleece is a technology in fleece that is engineered to provide you with all of the warmth without the bulk of traditional fleece. The fabric is breathable and lightweight with a modern smooth outer surface

Quick-Wic Moisture Wicking

Quik-Wic garments are ideal for use as a base layer or to be worn as a single garment. The fabric has been designed and engineered to keep your skin dry by wicking moisture (sweat) away from the skin's surface. Staying dry is the secret to staying comfortable - no matter whether it is hot or cold.

Enduro Protection

First Ascent Enduro fabric is used in garments that are developed to take on tough environments. Durable and lightweight garments which bear the Enduro technology are easy to care for and will provide protection against rough terrain.

CoolDry Moisture Transferring Technology

First Ascent CoolDry is the perfect breathable fabric to keep you cool and dry while active. The moisture transferring technology moves and disperses sweat away from the body for quick evaporation, keeping you comfortable during physical activity.

Sherpa Fleece Insulation

Fleece garments containing the Sherpa Fleece logo offer superior insulation from the cold. The modern look of a knitted fleece with a thermally efficient high pile fleece bonded inner to provide you with unmatched comfort.




ThermaPro Insulation

ThermaPro fleece offers you all of the warmth without the bulk of traditional fleece, as well as a modern look with a solid finish. The thermally efficient grid design on the inside keeps you warm and toasty, while allowing moisture to escape.



Stretch Fit

First Ascent stretch fit fabric is made from a unique blend of 4-way and 2-way stretch woven fabric with added spandex. This technology allows for increased freedom of movement and superior comfort during activity.

DWR Durable Water Repellency

A DWR finish is applied to fabrics to improve the water repellency of the garment. Water will bead off the fabric, keeping you dry.

Litespeed

Litespeed fabrics are ultra-lightweight and easily packable. The designs are minimalist and ideal for those 'done in a day' activities and weekend adventures, such as adventure racing and alpine-style ascents.

XT-1 Softshell Insulation

XT-1 Softshell represents a garment developed using three types of layers. An abrasive resistant surface, a water-resistant membrane and an insulating inner fleece. These layers are bonded together to create a softshell that is durable, water and wind repellent. These garments offer the benefits of a hard shell with the insulation benefits of a soft fleece to deliver a garment suitable for a variety of daily activities.

XT-2 Softshell Insulation

XT-2 Softshell represents a garment developed using two types of membranes. An abrasive resistant surface and an insulating inner fleece. These layers are bonded together to create a softshell that is durable, warm and wind repellent. These garments offer the benefits of a hard shell with the insulation benefits of a soft fleece to deliver a garment suitable for a variety of daily activities.

XT-3 Softshell Insulation

XT-3 Softshell combines the water and wind repellent benefits of a hard shell, with the superior insulation benefits of a soft fleece. Developed to move fast, be light and simplify your wardrobe. The softshell XT-3 is durable, easy to wash and wear, and sports an abrasion-resistant surface.

Microtex Water and Wind Resistant Protection

First Ascent Microtex fabrics offer lightweight, water and wind resistant protection. Garments which feature Microtex fabric have a very high thread count for its lightweight durability, but also a soft touch finish, while the DWR coating provides protection against mist or light rain conditions.



Thermo-Shield Micro Filament Insulation

Thermo-Shield is a micro filament insulation and is the next generation of synthetic insulation. It is softer, lighter & warmer than other leading insulators. Incredible warmth to weight ratio, makes for unbelievable packability. Soft filaments collectively trap the heat that the body emits. Thermo-Shield is easy to care for and is  hydrophobic, providing the ability to keep you warm even when wet.


GTR-3D Foam Padding

GTR-3D is a high density foam padding with an anti-microbial covering. This chamois pad is designed for comfort with three dimensional forming and differential moulding.

GTR-Gel Multi-Level Foam Padding

100kg/m³ GTR-Gel is multi-level foam padding with gel insets and moisture wicking & anti-microbial properties. This chamois pad is designed for comfort with three dimensional forming and differential moulding.

UPF+30 Sun Protection

First Ascent UPF+30 fabric protects you from the sun's harsh UV rays. The UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) rating indicates how much of the sun's UV radiation is blocked by the fabric. For example, a UPF rating of 30 gives the skin 30 times more protection from ultraviolet rays than when unprotected.

Inter-Connect Compatibility

Inter-connect garments are designed with compatible zips for the wearer to create their own layering system to suit their comfort level. Combine an outer layer with an inter-connect inner to create your own personalised 3-in-1 garment.

Firestorm Micro Fleece Insulation

First Ascent firestorm fleece offers superior, high-quality micro denier yarn. The fibres create multiple air cells that trap body heat, retaining warmth and providing protection against the cold. Firestorm fleece has an excellent warmth-to-weight ratio and offers an abrasion resistant surface.

Polartec Insulation

These fabrics create unparalleled quality and durability. Their warmth without weight makes them the industry standard for high altitude mountain ascents.




Thermolite Fiber and Insulation

Thermolite fiber and insulation provides warmth and comfort without added weight. Offering lightweight comfort, it allows for unrestricted freedom of movement - making it the perfect insulating layer. Its hollow-core fibres trap in air for improved insulation for lightweight, yet heavy-duty performance.

CPR Compression Performance Recovery

Compression garments assist in reducing muscle fatigue and DOMS (Delayed onset of muscle soreness), thus improving performance over time. Through applying targeted and controlled pressure to your muscles, CPR garments prevent the buildup of lactic acid in your body’s cells. This is further enhanced by the improved circulation of the blood. CPR garments also give postural support and prevent the excessive muscle vibrations that cause fatigue.

Viloft®

Made from a unique blend of Ployester, VILOFT® and Spandex for improved comfort. This blend allows for the creation of lightweight garments that are soft to the touch, while offering next-to-skin comfort.




Derma-Tec Performance Baselayer

Derma-Tec is unquestionably the most advanced performance baselayer ever developed. These garments offer complete chafe free piece of mind and differentially jacquarded knitting to allow freedom of movement in key areas, while offering increased support in other areas for improved recovery rates.

3M Thinsulate Insulation

Thinsulate insulation gives you trusted warmth with advanced technical features, such as improved odour control and exceptional comfort due to the built-in stretch and recovery properties of the fabric.

Edge Series

First Ascent products that bear the Edge Series logo are a collection developed for the most serious athlete. Products in this range feature our advanced proprietary technology, incorporating the best materials and designs available to ensure you continue to perform at your best.