Technologies & Product Features
V-Tech - is a complete protective membrane,designed with continuous microscopic pores, which allows heat vapor created on the inside to exit,while preventing water molecules from penetrating the garment.
Please refer to Page 3 for details on the relationship between waterproof & breathability in Viking garments.
Tri-Zone 3 In 1 system - Viking Tri-zone system garments are designed to maximize the usage of a single garment. You can wear the outer jacket as a stand alone waterproof, windproof shell or the inner jacket as a thermal layer. The jackets also feature a unique zipper that secures the two jackets together to form a waterproof insulated element barrier.
All Tri-zone recreational garments come with a 260grams inner fleece jacket (829 Torrent Tri-zone comes with a 220 grams inner fleece jacket) that can be replaced with liners on page 9.
Trilobal Polyester - triple twined polyester thread creates a cross section of fibres at regular intervals to form cells.
These cells significantly increase the tensile strength of the garment over regular knit fabrics, effectively preventing tears from expanding to the next cell, while increasing the cut, tear and abrasion resistance of the garment.
ThermoMaxx - is a high-tech, ultra-thin and light weight insulation that provides maximum warmth without the bulkiness.
Stormblaster - The Stormblaster hood system reduces wind and rain exposure up the back of the jacket, while orienting the front close to the chin and cheek area. It has a safety "Tear Away" design, making it east to remove and attach.
Standard hoods are traditionally attached with hook-and-loop fasteners or buttons, leaving gaps that could allow water to travel up and around the neck area.
Throughout this website, you will find suggested temperature ratings on ThermoMaxx insulated garments or lined boots. These ratings were developed using the CLO value system of heat transfer between layers within a garment/boot, envisioning a mobile individual's comfort level in these temperate zones - these ratings are for guidance purposes only
Working with our innovative suppliers, Viking introduces it's own reflective material.
Vi-brance reflective material has been independently tested to meet CSA / ANSI requirementsVi-brance meets CSA-Z96-09 / ANSI 107-2010 standards.
You can rely on Viking's Vi-brance reflective material to keep you safe and visible.
Viking UPF 50+ garments use specially treated pre-washed fabrics that block 97.5% of UV radiation in regular as well as lighter weight garments like t-shirts. The protection will not wash out with normal wear and care.
Traditional "GUM" boots, and Injection molded boots are produced on a straight, widening shaft lasts, so as to make them strippable from the last. The result is a loose fit with little ankle and arch support, causing increased fatigue and an overall sloppy feel. Viking developed new, innovative, multi piece lasts, allowing us to taper the ankle area of the shaft to create a form fitting and supportive boot that can be easily removed from the last; we developed a new insole system with an ergonomic design to support the arch and improve the stability of the fit - the result "Snug Fit" design boots. Slip-on boots that feel like they are laced on; superior ankle/heel support to reduce incidences of ankle roll-over; superior arch support to reduce fatigue, finally a gum boot that moves with you, as part of you.
Now available in all VIKING light Chainsaw boots (VW58-1, VW59-1), VIKING Mining Boots (VW49E), VIKING ULTIMATE construction Boots (VW88, VW88T) and VIKING Firefighter Boots (VW91).
Viking developed two (2) socks to increase the wellness of the user of rubber boots.VF22
The first is a dual layer thermal, acrylic/cotton, construction sockette that provides ventilation while wicking perspiration away from your feet. An external cotton layer to absorb and evaporate moisture. Acrylic fleece inside layer insulates while drawing perspiration from your feet to the cotton exterior.VF25
The second was in response to abrasion and chaffing on the calve, due to perspiration buildup within the boot in more temperate environments (underground mining); we developed a triple layer Neoprene sock/bootie that transfers perspiration away from the calve, and through the top of the boot significantly reducing chaffing and abrasion.
Viking Jackets 101
Waterproof- Viking uses the most globally recognized Hydrostatic Water Pressure testing method - JIS L-1099 - Procedure B-1 to qualify our fabrics as being waterproof. The test material is subjected to steadily increasing water pressure on one face until water penetration occurs on the opposite face in three separate locations. The minimum standard for Viking is 11.2 psi (pounds per square inch) or 784 mbar. This may generically be called 8,000 waterproof.
Breathable - Viking uses the most globally recognized Water Vapour Transmission testing method - AATCC 127 to determine fabric breathability. This is a measure of the fabrics ability to let steam or perspiration evaporate outside the textile. The test measures the amount of water in grams per sq. meter that migrates over a 24 hour period. Generally accepted ratings are:
|5,000 - 8,000||g/m2/24hours|
|8,000 - 15,000||g/m2/24hours|
|Very Good Breathability|
There are two common stitch types used in the outerwear market:
Hem stitching - Fabric is folded over at the edge and the layers are stitched together. This provides a clean hem edge, and eliminates fraying threads. Hem stitching requires more time and quality attention to produce. All Viking garments are Hem stitched.
Overcast stitching - the circular continuous threading around the edge of the material. This system is much faster, and less expensive. The risk is that should this continuous thread break, the whole seam will unravel, also the fabric edge threads will "slip" pulling the trim stitching off the body of the fabric and commence unravelling
Double stitch versus single stitch - double stitching joints increases the tensile resistance of the seam, while reducing the specific pressure on each stitch. Should one stitch get snagged and tear, the garment will not unravel. Polymer film garments should be stitched at seams as well as heat sealed to ensure stress points do not tear or peel. All Viking garments are double stitched for durability.
Bar-tacking - bar-tacking is the reinforced repetitive stitching at critical tear points on a garment; these include pocket edges, arm and leg cuffs, button holes, and key stress areas in crotch, arm and back. All Viking garments are fully bar-tacked in all corners and stress areas.
What's in the fabric?
Polymer film garments are made from material such as PVC (Poly Vinyl Chloride), PU (Polyurethane), and Neoprene. They excel in splash protection but are generally poor with puncture and abrasive protection.
Woven coated fabricsare made from Nylon, or Polyesters. They are tough,hard to rip or tear but offer limited protection against chemicals.Understanding each material:
PVC is the most economical material. It has good chemical resistance, which increases with thickness; has a low melting temperature of 160°C / 320°F which allows for heat welding seams to form unibody garments; has low tensile strength and is easy to tear and puncture if not impregnated with a supporting fabric. Rainwear described as "PVC" denotes an unsupported PVC fabric (generally disposable); "PVC/POLY" denotes a supported fabric backing that has been "Skimmed" (Pressed) onto the PVC film that gives tensile support to resist tearing; and "PVC/POLY/PVC denotes a supported fabric backing that is "Sandwiched" between two PVC film layers to give maximum tensile support as well as reduce risk of delamination from exposure to
acids, fats and oils. Produced in thicknesses from .20mm to .65mm, thicker garments offer superior durability and chemical protection, with "Industrial Grade" being .45mm. PVC rainwear offers highest level of waterproof, windproof, and splash protection, and is easy to clean. PVC garments are designed for low to mild risk industries, and depending on garment thickness, can be used as a disposable garment or as a heavy duty garment.
The downside to PVC rainwear is that it is heavy, and boardy in feel. PVC rainwear should feel pliable to the touch - hardness is an indicator that the material has fillers in it, which are cheaper but also significantly impact the durability (they will degrade faster from sun and chemical exposure), as well as their tensile strength (tearing and puncture).Backing fabrics should also be examined, with tighter woven fibers being superior to loose threads - if you can see through the backing, most likely it will tear easily.
PU (Polyurethane): an alternative for PVC which is 100% waterproof and splash protection. Polyurethane is a more expensive material, PU has fair chemical resistance which increases with thickness,
has a low melting point of 240°C / 464°F which allows for heat welding seams to form unibody garments, and its porous property gives it varying degrees of breathability. PU is a very soft material that requires a supportive fabric backing, is lighter weight than PVC and stretches easily, but has low abrasion resistance.
The downside to PU rainwear is that it is very soft with low tensile strength, so will tear easily. PU is a porous material, and when it stretches can open these pores allowing water to absorb through (most common on pant seat). PU garments are designed for low risk, light duty use. High quality fabric backing can be used to restrict stretching, increasing the fabric's waterproofness while also allowing for higher levels of breathability - generally these fabrics are more than double the cost of basic PU garments
Neoprene: Specialized fabrics produced with materials like Neoprene offer similar properties as PVC (above) with superior chemical, thermal, and abrasion resistance. These are uniquely designed for chemical plants, mining and oil refineries. These are generally the most expensive of the Polymer film garments.
Nylonis one of the strongest fibers, with high tensile, tear and puncture resistance. Fabrics with thread thicknesses of 300D - 420D (Denier) are used in high impact industries like forestry, lumber yards, metal shops due to their high resistance to tearing and puncture. Nylons are @ 20% - 25% more expensive than Polyesters, are stiffer in feel, and classified as Medium Weight. Nylons do not hold dyes very well; as such they cannot meet the high visibility requirements of CSA or ANSI retroreflective materials.
Polyesterhas excellent dye retention and is the fabric of choice in the high visibility market. Polyester is lighter in weight, with low tensile, tear and puncture resistance. Given the weakness of Polyester fabric, Viking designed our Tri-lobal fabric that more than quadruples the tensile, tear and puncture resistance of oxford polyester (flat weave).Tri-lobal polyester will meet the durability needs of construction, mining, and forestry industries.
How does it keep me dry & warm?
In order for a woven fabric to become waterproof, or waterproof/breathable a spray coating or a laminated film of PU or PVC is applied to create a barrier that droplets of water cannot pass through (waterproof).PVC coating offers superior waterproofness as it is solid and non-porous (generally over 10,000 mm w.c. (withstands 14 psi or 980 mbar of hydrostatic water pressure),with zero breathability. PVC coated wovens are typically designed for climates between -5 to +18 degrees C with high precipitation and winds, in heavy duty applications.PU coated wovens are frequently
mislabelled as Waterproof/Breathable, as PU is a porous film. All PU coatings will demonstrate some level of breathability when tested, however depending on the quality of PU, as well as the coating methodology, the Water Vapour Transmission level can be as low as 300 g/m2/24 hours; whereas the industry expectation for Breathability is a minimum of 5,000 g/m2/24 hours. PU coatings are applied in layers with waterproofness increasing with the number of coatings, waterproof PU coated wovens should be able to resist water penetration under a Hydrostatic Water Pressure test of a minimum of 7 psi, or 490 mbar.
All coated wovens must be tape sealed on the seams to prevent water from penetrating through the sewn fabric layers - this can be the weakest point in a waterproof garment where either taping is not 100%, or abrasion wear slowly delaminates or abrades the tape layer.
#1) the collar seam line has many seams joining into the neck, as well as being an area of open exposure during tempest conditions (All Viking Hoods are built ½" longer in the backs to cover the collar seams when bending forward)
#2) the shoulder seams as this is an area of high abrasion and friction (All Viking jackets have been converted to "Raglan" shoulder designs to move the arm and shoulder seams to the chest front and back)
There are two common types of zippers used in outerwear:
Tooth Zippers - these are produced either in plastic or metal (brass). Tooth zippers offer the highest level of durability and longevity, and have the ability to withstand the torque of industrial/commercial use. Highly recommended for front closures and bootzip regions. All Viking garments use tooth zippers on front and boot closures.
Coil Zippers - these are considerably less expensive and are produced in plastic. Coil zippers are designed for low-pressure closures like pockets or arm vents. As front closures have a high risk of breaking or being damaged, tooth zippers are superior.
14" Embroidery access zippers
- Wheather you are an ad specialty or a promotional business, Viking recreational garments are B2B friendly.Look for the zipper icon above for garments that feature these convenient embroidery access zippers.
You can rely on Viking gear to keep you safe, dry, & warm on the coldest & rainiest of days, because every part of the Viking garment has been meticulously thought out to deliver a comprehensive waterproof system that is also comfortable to wear.
Each component and the stitching behind a Viking garment gives you the protection you need to "Brave The Elements".