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(The Gear Loop) - Jack Wolfskin continues its partnership with TenCel, an innovative textiles company that produces fibres from sustainably sourced wood, by unveiling details of an upcoming jacket that it believes is a first in the outdoors market.

The Terra Rise 3-Layer jacket (available March 2022) is said to be the first to feature a shell made from TenCell’s Lyocell fabrics - derived from wood byproducts - bonded with Jack Wolfskin’s proprietary Texapore Ecosphere membrane, which is made with reused and recycled pre-consumer and post-consumer waste.

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The jacket is said to be both waterproof and breathable, yet shuns the industry’s reliance on fibres made from plastic and other non-recycled materials. Following in the footsteps of brands like Patagonia and Finisterre, Jack Wolfskin says its successful marriage of natural and recycled materials demonstrates an opportunity for the apparel industry to vastly improve its sustainability practices.

"The membrane of the Terra Rise is garbage, literally,” said Daniele Grasso, vice president of product and apparel at Jack Wolfskin. “By working with our partners at Tencel, we successfully combined a natural technical outer fabric with a recycled high-performance membrane. It’s a win for the environment and for anyone who wants to look incredible while operating in wet and windy weather."

Available in both a contemporary men’s hip-length jacket and a longer women’s thigh-length design (pictured above), the Terra Rise 3L is set to cost £350 when it goes on sale later next year, but is said to deliver complete weather protection and performance out in the field with functional features, including an attached hood, reflective elements for visibility, hand pockets and wide cuff adjustments.

According to Jack Wolfskin, the innovative jacket also takes on a look of its own over time as it patinas through wear and weather exposure, adding to the individual appeal without losing performance attributes.

Writing by Leon Poultney.