Shopping for some new waterproof gear? Chances are, you'll have come across some of our patented waterproof technology labels, such as Isotex, Hydrafort or Isolite. In this guide, you'll learn all about our main waterproof technology - Isotex - including its benefits and how it compares to the likes of Hydrafort in order to make an informed decision on your next purchase.
All About Regatta Isotex
Every stitch and fibre uses the latest technology to give you the best performance and comfort - waterproof, breathable, moisture wicking and active stretch. In a head to head against the elements, Regatta’s all-weather gear wins hands down, every time.
What is Isotex?
Isotex is waterproof, windproof and breathable. It's our main form of waterproof protection applied to our waterproof jackets, waterproof trousers and walking footwear. Being a high performing treatment, Isotex keeps the water out, whilst the hydrophilic breathability system allows any trapped moisture vapour on the inside to escape. Isotex begins at a minimum hydrostatic head rating of 3000mm and is available in varying grades of increased protection displayed below:
|Rating||Look out for||Resistance|
|3,000mm||Isotex||Fabric can resist 3,000mm of water pressure|
|5,000mm||Isotex 5000||Fabric can resist 5,000mm of water pressure|
|10,000mm||Isotex 10,000||Fabric can resist 10,000mm of water pressure|
|15,000mm||Isotex 15,000||Fabric can resist 15,000mm of water pressure|
|20,000mm||Isotex 20,000||Fabric can resist 20,000mm of water pressure|
As you can see, Regatta fabrics can reach a hydrostatic head rating of up to 20,000mm, which equates to a 20 metre high column of water.
It's worth noting that Isotex fabrics aren't the sole source of waterproof protection applied to our garments, it's designed to work in combination with other important features such as a durable water repellent (DWR) treatment and taped seams to help fend off as much rain as possible.
All Regatta Isotex garments are guaranteed to be windproof, waterproof and breathable for 3 years. Given that you choose the correct garment for your activity and it is properly maintained, you should expect to enjoy your jacket long after its guarantee has expired. For leather based Isotex products such as walking boots, we recommend maintaining them with our specialized leather cream.
Hydrafort VS Isotex
Hydrafort is both waterproof and windproof. It performs similarly to Isotex, however it isn't breathable nor is it available in as many protective tiers. It aims to provide reliable protection from the elements whilst reducing the production of body heat, whereas Isotex is designed to keep you dry and comfortable outdoors whilst allowing moisture vapour to escape.
Cleaning Your Isotex Garments
Each garment is different, so you should always consult the product label when washing your Isotex products. However, we recommend that you use pure soap such as Regatta non-detergent Cleaner when washing any Regatta waterproof garments. You should also avoid the use of fabric conditioners and biological washing powders, as any lingering residue can affect the overall performance of the garment, such as de-activating the water repellent finish or causing issues with its breathability.
After the first few washes, you'll typically have to re-proof your waterproof garments in order to maintain their technical performance. In your local store, you'll be able to pick up one of our Regatta reproofing products - either our Wash-in Reproofer or spray-on Reproofer which you can use to treat your waterproof garments.
Shop The Regatta Isotex Range
Refresh your outdoor wardrobe with some of our latest Isotex waterproof trousers, versatile waterproof jackets or even a new pair of walking boots!