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PFC free

What is PFC?

PFC stands for per- or polyfluoroalkyl chemicals (also called Fluorocarbons), a group of about 800 compounds, consisting of C-C bonds of different length and fluorine. Among the most well known are perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctane acid (PFOA). PFC is particularly characterized by its water-, fat- and dirt-repellent qualities, which is why it is used in outdoor clothing and equipment. PFC´s are used here mainly to construct water resistent membranes and durable surface impregnations, which will cause water and dirt to simply roll off the surface. PFC is especially important in the manufacturing of wind- and waterproof as well as breathable functional clothing, alpine boots, sleeping bags and tents.


PFC´s are of human origin, which means they are not found in the natural environment. They are biologically degradable to only a small degree or not at all and will remain in the environment for a long time. They will also be spread worldwide and accumulate in organisms. PFC can be detected almost everywhere: in large bodies of water, the drinking water, the air and all along the food chain as well as within human blood and breast milk. Some PFC are known to pollute the ground and drinking water, others can modify the hormonal system, harm the reproductive system and even the embryo in utero, as well as cause cancer. Outdoor products containing PFC do not pose a health risk according to recent scientific evidence. The main problem here lie within the production process, the washing of functional clothing and their disposal.

PFC-free alternatives
By now there are a number of PFC-free membranes and impregnations available, which will offer the same breathable, wind proof, waterproof and water repellent properties as corresponding PFC-products. Regarding this it seems likely that the classic outdoor industry will be able to completely convert their production of outdoor clothes and equipment to environmentally friendly and health preserving materials in the near future. Solely the superiority of the dirt- and fat-/oil-repellent properties of PFC-products will likely remain untouched. However this characteristic is of little interest when it comes to outdoor clothing and equipment.

Listed below are a number of examples and alternatives to PFC. All of those are demonstrably harmless for humans and the environment.

Bionic-Finish Eco
Bionic-Finish Eco is a water repellent treatment based on sustainable technologies to hydrophobe. It consists of hyper branched polymers with a high density of hydrophobic (water repellent) elements. These hydrophobic connections are completely fluorine free and at the same time highly efficient: it will repel water and watery dirt substances very well and remains washable. Even more important is the fact that it will not hamper the breathability and is abrasion-proof.

Ceplex
Ceplex consists of polyurethane and is consequently 100 % PFC-free. This high quality membrane manufactured by VAUDE is durable waterproof, breathable and wind proof. Furthermore, the membrane is directly attached to the fabric, which increases the durability and the longevity. Other advantageous properties are a very high abrasion resistance and a simple maintenance.

Eco-Finish
Eco Finish is a durable waterrepellent DWR-equipment manufactured by
VAUDE, which is environmentally friendly produced without PFC and instead consists of degradable components.

Dermizax™
The Dermizax™ membrane consists of polyurethane and therefore contains no waste products that could damage human health or the environment. Furthermore, the product is 100% recyclable.
Dermizax™ is a hydrophilic material, which uses movable molecules instead of micropores. The polymer-molecules will move much faster in high temperature and high intensity of motion, which will favor the removal of humidity. In colder temperature the molecules will move slower and prevent cooling. The Dermizax™ membrane is highly breathable and ideal for use during intensive activity. Furthermore, it offers a high wind- and waterproofness.

PTFE-free membrane
PFC is also needed as an aid in the production of polytetrafluorethylene (PTFE)-membranes, resulting in making these membranes dangerous for environment and health as well. Many manufacturers therefore choose the processing of PTFE-free membrane.

PFC free-Produkte

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Rab Arc Eco Jacket
Rab
Arc Eco Jacket
274,95 €

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  • 8 UK Damen
  • 10 UK Damen
  • 12 UK Damen
  • 14 UK Damen
  • 16 UK Damen
Mountain Equipment Odyssey Jacket Womens
Mountain Equipment
Odyssey Jacket Womens
299,95 €

Size

  • 34 Damen
  • 36 Damen
  • 38 Damen
  • 40 Damen
  • 42 Damen
  • 44 Damen
  • 46 Damen
  • 48 Damen
Halti Juonto W DX Nano Jacket
Halti
Juonto W DX Nano Jacket
259,95 €

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Halti Juonto M DX Nano Jacket
Halti
Juonto M DX Nano Jacket
259,95 €

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  • 34 Damen
  • 36 Damen
  • 38 Damen
  • 40 Damen
  • 42 Damen
  • 44 Damen
  • 46 Damen
  • 48 Damen
Halti Kurvi Women DX 3L Parka
Halti
Kurvi Women DX 3L Parka
289,95 €

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Mountain Equipment Makalu Jacket
Mountain Equipment
Makalu Jacket
399,95 €

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Rab Namche GTX Jacket
Rab
Namche GTX Jacket
359,95 €

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  • M
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Berghaus Mtn Guide Hyper LT Jacket
Berghaus
Mtn Guide Hyper LT Jacket
279,95 €

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  • XS
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Marmot Womens Minimalist Gore-Tex Jacket
Marmot
Womens Minimalist Gore-Tex Jacket
249,95 €

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  • 8 UK Damen
  • 10 UK Damen
  • 12 UK Damen
  • 14 UK Damen
  • 16 UK Damen
Rab Scimitar Windstopper Jacket Women
Rab
Scimitar Windstopper Jacket Women
269,95 €

Colors

Size

  • 36 Damen
  • 38 Damen
  • 40 Damen
  • 42 Damen
  • 44 Damen
  • 46 Damen
  • 48 Damen
VAUDE Womens Escape Parka
VAUDE
Womens Escape Parka
169,95 €

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Mountain Equipment Odyssey Jacket
Mountain Equipment
Odyssey Jacket
299,95 €

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Grüezi Bag Biopod DownWool Hybrid Cotton Comfort
Grüezi Bag
Biopod DownWool Hybrid Cotton Comfort
329,95 €

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  • 44 Herren
  • 46 Herren
  • 48 Herren
  • 50 Herren
  • 52 Herren
  • 54 Herren
  • 56 Herren
  • 58 Herren
  • 60 Herren
Fjällräven Barents Pro Trousers M
Fjällräven
Barents Pro Trousers M
189,95 €

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  • S
  • M
  • L
Ortovox 2.5L Civetta Jacket Women
Ortovox
2.5L Civetta Jacket Women
299,95 €

Colors

Size

  • 36 Damen
  • 38 Damen
  • 40 Damen
  • 42 Damen
  • 44 Damen
  • 46 Damen
VAUDE Womens Mineo 2.5L Coat
VAUDE
Womens Mineo 2.5L Coat
179,95 €

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Rab Scimitar Jacket
Rab
Scimitar Jacket
219,95 €

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The North Face Mens Carto Triclimate Jacket
The North Face
Mens Carto Triclimate Jacket
289,95 €

Colors

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  • 36 Damen
  • 38 Damen
  • 40 Damen
  • 42 Damen
  • 44 Damen
  • 46 Damen
Tatonka Marto Womens Recco Hooded Jacket
Tatonka
Marto Womens Recco Hooded Jacket
189,95 €

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  • 36 Damen
  • 38 Damen
  • 40 Damen
  • 42 Damen
  • 44 Damen
  • 46 Damen
Halti Pallas Women Warm X-Stretch Jacket
Halti
Pallas Women Warm X-Stretch Jacket
189,95 €

Colors

Size

  • 34 Damen
  • 36 Damen
  • 38 Damen
  • 40 Damen
  • 42 Damen
  • 44 Damen
  • 46 Damen
Halti Tokoi W DX Parka
Halti
Tokoi W DX Parka
279,95 €

Colors

Size

  • 46 Herren
  • 48 Herren
  • 50 Herren
  • 52 Herren
  • 54 Herren
  • 56 Herren
  • 58 Herren
Fjällräven Abisko Shorts Men
Fjällräven
Abisko Shorts Men
119,95 €

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  • 25 Kinder
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  • 38 Kinder
Trollkids Kids Preikestolen Hiker
Trollkids
Kids Preikestolen Hiker
54,95 €

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The North Face Lightning Zip In Jacket
The North Face
Lightning Zip In Jacket
179,95 €
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