Hydrophobia Wmns
Widely referred to as New Zealand's No 1 tramping jacket. Tested thoroughly through hard wearing and drenching conditions with length that makes it ideal for tramping in the wet or everyday wet and wind weather protection. The oversized hood with sturdy hood wire allow for excellent protection from the elements and the generous fit allows you to layer easily. Good gusseting means the jacket does not ride up when wearing a pack. Please note that the Hydrophobia is sized to fit over clothing and is essentially a full size bigger than our sizing chart indicates. If you are a size Large going by the chart, for example, a Medium will most likely be the right size for you.

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  • Hard wearing tramping jacket
  • Fully seam sealed
  • Watertight double-flap zip with dome closures
  • Double ended front zip
  • Under arm gusset designed for maximum movement
  • Gusset design ensures garment does not 'ride-up'
  • Waist draw-cord
  • Adjustable hood with wire stiffened visor
  • Hood tunnels keep cord ends away from face
  • External map pocket
  • Top and side entry hand pockets

Additional Information

Fabric Entrant® D-EV 200gsm Oxford Nylon
Average Weight 630g
Made In New Zealand

Gelanots®, Entrant® D-EV, Entrant® GII XTH and Entrant® DT 2.5

Warm hand wash for best garment life. Use pure soap or mild detergent. We have tested and recommend Lux flakes, Sunlight soap, or Persil Sensitive. Lux and Sunlight soap need to be fully dissolved in hot water before converting it to warm. Do not use bleach. Rinse well to remove all residues. Do not wring. Drip dry in the shade to minimise UV exposure. Do not tumble dry. Cool iron may be used to rejuvenate the exterior DWR* coating. Do not dry clean.

Keeping waterproof breathable garments clean will increase their lifespan. During normal wear, dirt, salts and oils from contact with the skin will accumulate on the inside surface. This will show as a dark stain on the mesh, especially around the neck and hood. If left over an extended period of time, this may contaminate the laminate or coating and cause irreversible damage to the jacket. To prevent this happening the garment should be washed at least once a year and more often if worn regularly. Hanging up garments in dry well ventilated areas will prevent mildew building up on the fabric’s underside. Avoid all contact with solvents and chemicals, accidental contact should be washed off as soon as possible.

Waterproof/Breathable Fabric Performance Overview:

To ensure your garment breathes to its full potential it is important to maintain the water repellency of the outside surface. It is also important when you are physically active to wear as many non moisture absorbing layers as possible underneath the jacket. If you wear natural fibres (merino or cotton) keep them as light as possible and reduce the number of layers you use. For maximum breathability we recommend faster drying non moisture absorbing polyester fabrics for your thermal layers.

All waterproof breathable fabrics require regular cleaning. Jackets should be washed once a year and if worn regularly, you should wash them more often than this. A jacket may look clean on the outside but the most harmful contamination occurs from direct skin contact. The neck and hood regions are the most susceptible to this. Over time contamination from the skin will weaken the glue that holds the laminated layers together or the bonding between a coating and its outer fabric. This can cause irreversible damage and reduce the functional lifespan of the garment. Two-layer fabrics with an exposed underside are very susceptible to this and need more cleaning than three-layer fabrics. There is no need to overwash your waterproof garments. A quick hand wash of a jackets neck and hood region maybe all that is required to maintain its cleanliness and prolong it's life. Wearing collared garments or bandanas around the neck reduces the risk of contamination and the need to clean the garment as often. If the primary use of the jacket is to be worn while carrying a heavy backpack we would recommend using the heavier more durable mesh backed three-layer fabrics.

* DWR is the Durable Water Repellant coating on the outside of the garment’s face fabric. It is an important part of the garment’s performance as it allows water to bead off the surface. This maximises the breathability. DWR coating is applied as a specialised process during the manufacturing of the fabric. Over time it can wear down. When this happens the outside fabric will ‘wet out’ making it feel cold and clammy. In this state breathability is impeded.

The DWR can be rejuvenated by the use of a cool iron after washing. After extended use, a complete re-application of this will enhance the performance of your jacket. We have developed our own DWR treatment, a solvent based, environmentally friendly, flouropolymer spray called Gecko Guard. After testing water based DWR products we decided we needed a more durable, more effective product for our garments. We believe Gecko Guard is the best aftercare DWR treatment available.


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EXTREMELY impressed with the quality and functionality of the product
On a recent six day winter trip in the Tararua Ranges, my new Hydrophobia jacket performed well above expectations.

We suffered the usual array of Tararua conditions through the course of the trip, including a bitter southerly with snow, a gale nor' wester, rain, wet bush-bashing and waist-deep river travel. In all environments, the jacket performed superbly, giving me a sense of confidence that I haven't had with any other shell garment.

In particular, I am impressed with how completely wind and water-proof the Hydrophobia is, while still retaining enough breathability for comfortably climbing up hills. The jacket is extremely robust, and took a solid day of bush-bashing without any wear or tear while saving me a fair bit of skin. I love the little features such as the roomy pockets and breast pocket, and the hood is one of the best I've seen on a jacket. The materials are top-notch and the extra weight of the knee-length design is well worth it.

The Hydrophobia is now my 'go-to' jacket for the bush and non-technical alpine trips. It is PERFECT for New Zealand conditions and is a real credit to the attention to detail EarthSeaSky put into designing their garments. They are clearly 'practitioners' themselves who thoroughly test their own products, and all the little details incorporated into the jacket make for an excellent product. Well done and thanks!

Ian Brandon
NZOIA Alpine I / Bush II Instructor
NZMGA Assistant Alpine Trekking Guide Review by Ian B / (Posted on 14/07/2014)

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