Quality, reliability and innovation is PULSAR®’s passion.
These are the foundations on which the success of the PULSAR® brand has been built. Focusing on the wearers comfort whilst carrying out their daily work and only utilising compliant and reputable production facilities, PULSAR® make sure that everyone is protected from potential workplace hazards no matter what sector they work in and no matter what weather conditions.
PULSAR® Evolution Collection
As we begin to head into the notoriously cold and wet British winter months it is vitally important that workers across every market sector are protected to the highest possible levels whilst they are carrying out their day-to-day tasks. It is around this time of year where the challenging weather conditions can create very dangerous working environments.
We also understand that workers deserve to know the products they are wearing perform, but it can be hard to keep up with all of the technical jargon used to describe the garments. This blog will break down our innovative Evolution collection of Class 4 waterproof garments and help you – the wearer – get to know the range better, and understand what sets the Evolution collection apart from the rest of the market.
PULSAR® EvoTECH 3-Layer Laminate Fabric Technology
A number of years ago, PULSAR® introduced the PULSAR® Evolution collection to the market utilising EvoTECH 3-Layer Laminate Fabric Technology. They did this to offer a high quality, increased comfort and lighter weight set of waterproof garments.
The fabric PULSAR® use in every garment throughout the Evolution collection is made up of 3 different layers: an outer polyester layer (the hi-vis bit), a breathable and waterproof middle layer and an inner protective backing – thus making up the 3 layers.
All 3 layers are bonded and work together to protect you against poor weather conditions, keeping you visible, dry, comfortable, and protected from the elements. The outer layer is designed to keep you visible in poor light conditions, the middle layer keeps the water out whilst allowing perspiration to pass through and the inner protective backing protects the middle layer from getting damaged.
All hi-visibility garments that claim to be waterproof must conform to the EN Standard EN343. EN343 is measured in different classes and, depending on the level of performance, are allocated a Class 1, 2, 3 or 4 status. The higher the class, the more waterproof it is. PULSAR®’s EvoTECH fabric meets the highest level of the EN343 standard by meeting a class 4 waterproof level. This means you can be certain that the Evolution collection will keep you dry.
Another part of the certification process is putting the fabric’s tensile strength to the test. Tensile strength is testing the amount of resistance of a fabric under tension before breaking point – basically, being pulled apart. The EvoTECH fabric passed this test with flying colours – reaching the industry standard before tearing, making it tough and durable.
Breathability capabilities in a garment allows body moisture and vapours to be released, it is the degree to which a fabric permits air or moisture to pass through. Breathability is important as it prevents the wearer from overheating and feeling discomfort. Breathability is measured in RET (Resistance of Evaporation of a Textile). The less resistance, the more breathable. And the higher the resistance, the less breathable. RET is measured on a numerical scale with a score of 1-20 being highly breathable (Class 3), 20-40 is breathable (Class 2) and 40+ being non breathable (Class 1). The PULSAR® EvoTECH fabric scored 14.6 RET so sits firmly in the highly breathable bracket.
All of these things added together gives you a collection of hi-visibility clothing that performs exceptionally in relation to the industry standard for breathability, water resistance, durability and comfort. We are always looking forward to see where we can innovate within the protective clothing market, and the Evolution collection is yet another example of that.
So, hopefully now, this fantastic range makes a bit more sense and you can see just how much we are pushing the boundaries of what is possible in the protective clothing market – creating garments that exceed, not just meet, your expectations.