German technical outerwear brand Jack Wolfskin has launched a new tapeless jacket which it says is more sustainable and improves performance. The company says its ‘zero tape technology’ is an innovative solution that eliminates the need for 60 feet of seam-sealing tape per jacket and makes for a more durable product.
The new jacket, available from this autumn, introduces a new seam construction which is said to create a more breathable alternative to seam tape that won’t leak or fail. Jack Wolfskin says that seam tape is the weakest component in waterproof outdoor apparel. The tape and glue used to keep it in place limit breathability, mobility and durability.
“With comfort and performance front of mind, Jack Wolfskin designed the Tapeless Jacket with its proprietary Texapore Core Fuse Stretch Ripstop, a three-layer fabric for superior weather protection and comfort,” said a company statement.
“The sleek design has waterproof zippers, an adjustable hood, hem and cuff adjustments, and a chest pocket. Additionally, the unique cut of the Tapeless Jacket features no shoulder or hip seams, helping to eliminate irritation when worn with a backpack.
“At its core, the Tapeless Jacket is a breathable, comfortable shell designed for hikes and adventures that demand high-quality technical apparel.” The men’s Tapeless Jacket is available in two colours from Jack Wolfskin’s website, us.jackwolfskin.com, for $479.95.