About Mizusawa Down
Mizusawa Down – the product that remarkably became ALLTERRAIN. Never before in Descente’s long experience has one single garment so dramatically evolved into a whole product category. The garment takes its name from Descente’s apparel factory, with its distinctive manufacturing capabilities, located in the town formerly known as Mizusawa, but now as Oshu City, in Iwate Prefecture, in the northern part of Japan’s main island.
Since its very first appearance in 2008, this remarkably, yet deceptively simple-looking jacket, has put daylight between itself and all down jackets that went before. And buoyed by its extraordinary popularity, not only in Japan but around the world, it continues to break new ground and expand its fan base further. With its concealed package of cutting edge technological features, it was born out of the vision of Descente’s talented staff and the application of its vast accumulation of specialist knowledge and experience.
The Design and Construction of
the Mizusawa Down Jacket
The starting point for it all was the overwhelming desire to create a unique, highly technical down jacket fundamentally different in concept from any that had ever existed before, utilising all the resources of Descente’s very capable designers and craftsmen. In all down jackets prior to this time, the technical focus had tended to narrow down to two main issues – lightness and the quality of the down itself (the so called “fill power”). Starting in 2007, however, Descente opted for a whole new approach, starting with a very hard look at what wearers thought were their weak, or problem points. And they were very soon obvious. Firstly, they performed poorly in rain or snowy conditions, with moisture easily penetrating through the holes made by machine stitched seams, and when the down became wet, it lost heat rather than retained it. Furthermore, feathers tended to work themselves out and protrude through holes in the stitching.
To overcome these problems, it was decided to eliminate the stitching holding the down pack in place entirely, replacing it with a special heat welding technique. Additionally, in places where stitching was unavoidable, such as where sleeves attached, the lines were backed on the inside by seam sealing tape. These technical changes dramatically improved comfort and wearability in rain and snow, with waterproofing and water resistance giving the down jacket a whole new lease on life. By any measure, this is a very high tech down jacket, from its unique laser cut patterns, the structure of the down pack, the heat welded seams, and even the way the down is actually packed inside. Through all these steps, from beginning to final product, each garment passes through the hands of highly trained and very experienced technicians. The superior design capabilities and the wealth of technology brought to bear is complemented perfectly by the passion for perfection of every one of these skilled artisans.
DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION IMAGE
MOUNTAINEER
Among all the superb Mizusawa Down jackets, this high spec model is the standout for comfort and performance – a real gem for anyone in pursuit of perfection. Its non-quilted thermal bonding and seam tape construction makes it supremely waterproof, and its unique Parahood system ※1 prevents water or snow from pooling around the neck. A mesh panel between dual front zips draws in air from outside to prevent uncomfortable heat and moisture buildup, and additional temperature control is provided by Descente’s own brilliant HEAT NAVI lining. A winner ever since it took out an award in the Mountain Performance category at ISPO 2013※2.
※1 By incorporating a unique top opening zip, which we call Parazip, the hood can be kept closed when not in use, but opened quickly when conditions change.
※2 ISPO is the world’s largest international sports business show, held annually in Munich, Germany. For the ISPO Awards, sports-related products are judged strictly on concept, design, technicality, environmental sensitivity and other criteria, with superior products winning awards that are highly regarded within the industry.
ANCHOR
Mizusawa Down’s most basic model – the first ever produced, and still the longest seller in the range – but with all the advanced features of its stable-mates. It has the non-quilted thermal bonding and seam tape construction that makes it supremely waterproof, and the mesh panel between dual front zips that draws in outside air to prevent uncomfortable heat and moisture buildup. It also has a DERMIZAX® MICRO STRETCH 4 Way Stretch outer fabric with HEAT NAVI inside to actively generate warmth.
SHUTTLE
This is the lightest weight Mizusawa Down jacket that won both a key ISPO award in 2014 ※1 and was also named in the Japan Good Design Top 100 ※2 . A DERMIZAX® MICRO STRETCH 4 Way Stretch outer fabric with HEAT NAVI inside to actively generate warmth, and non-quilted thermal bonding and seam tape construction makes it supremely waterproof. A mesh panel between dual front zips draws in outside air to prevent uncomfortable heat and moisture buildup, and a Boa closure system ※3 ensures perfect hood adjustment.
※1 ISPO is the world’s largest international sports business show, held annually in Munich, Germany. For the ISPO Awards, sports-related products are judged strictly on concept, design, technicality, environmental sensitivity and other criteria, with superior products winning awards that are highly regarded within the industry.
※2 The Good Design Award has been the sole comprehensive design evaluation and commendation system in Japan since it was established in 1957. The Award is widely recognized as a standard of excellence.
※3 A unique, simple closure system developed in the USA by Boa Technology. Light and durable, it can be adjusted to provide maximum comfort with just one turn of a dial.
STORM
Winner of a Gold Award※1 at ISPO 2015, this DERMIZAX® MATTE 4 WAY STRETCH jacket features not only non-quilted thermal bonding and seam tape construction for superb waterproofing, but also the new StreamLine system that channels rain or other moisture droplets away from jacket pockets, and to the side of the hood to improve bad weather visibility. A mesh panel between dual front zips draws in outside air to prevent uncomfortable heat and moisture buildup, and the unique Parahood system ※2 prevents water or snow from pooling around the neck.
※1 ISPO is the world’s largest international sports business show, held annually in Munich, Germany. For the ISPO Awards, sports-related products are judged strictly on concept, design, technicality, environmental sensitivity and other criteria, with superior products winning awards that are highly regarded within the industry.
※2 By incorporating a unique top opening zip, which we call Parazip, the hood can be kept closed when not in use, but opened quickly when conditions change.
ELEMENT
This Mizusawa Down mid-length coat combines ultra stretchy SAITOS MATTE FLEX 2L fabric with non-quilted thermal bonding and seam tape construction for superior waterproofing, and uses HEAT NAVI inside for active warmth generation. A mesh panel between dual front zips draws in air from outside to prevent uncomfortable heat and moisture buildup. A Boa closure system ※ ensures perfect hood adjustment.
※ A unique, simple closure system developed in the USA by Boa Technology. Light and durable, it can be adjusted to provide maximum comfort with just one turn of a dial.
RESILIENT
A new jacket in the range for 2017FW, with all the usual superb Mizusawa Down features. It has a very stretchy SAITOS MATTE FLEX 2L outer, which, combined with its non-quilted, thermal bonding and seam tape construction make it ultra waterproof. Body fit and comfort are precision-controlled by Boa System ※1 closures at waist level on both sides to adjust the warm air space inside the jacket and prevent cold air intrusion. A mesh panel between dual front zips draws in outside air to prevent uncomfortable heat and moisture buildup. It is also equipped with a hood that stows away in the collar.
※ A unique, simple closure system developed in the USA by Boa Technology. Light and durable, it can be adjusted to provide maximum comfort with just one turn of a dial.
RESILIENT
A new jacket in the range for 2017FW, with all the usual superb Mizusawa Down features. It has a very stretchy SAITOS MATTE FLEX 2L outer, which, combined with its non-quilted, thermal bonding and seam tape construction make it ultra waterproof. Body fit and comfort are precision-controlled by Boa System ※ closures at waist level on both sides to adjust the warm air space inside the jacket and prevent cold air intrusion. A mesh panel between dual front zips draws in outside air to prevent uncomfortable heat and moisture buildup. It is also equipped with a hood that stows away in the collar.
※ A unique, simple closure system developed in the USA by Boa Technology. Light and durable, it can be adjusted to provide maximum comfort with just one turn of a dial.
CHROME
A thermal bonded, non-quilted down process and seam taping make these Descente original down pants extremely waterproof. Our unique, minimum pattern SIO ※1 cutting technique brings together complete one-piece left and right halves to reduce the number of sewn seams and greatly enhance comfort and mobility. A BOA system ※2 closure at the waist improves fit and makes adjustment fast and easy. An award winner in the Outdoor segment, Lifestyle & Fashion category at ISPO2016. ※3
※1 A clever system developed by Descente, taking into account various factors, such as fabric characteristics, seam requirements, etc., to simplify garment design and the manufacturing process. It reduces significantly the number of traditionally sewn seams, bringing improvement in freedom of movement and waterproofing.
※2 A unique, simple closure system developed in the USA by Boa Technology. Light and durable, it can be adjusted to provide maximum comfort with just one turn of a dial.
※3 ISPO is the world’s largest international sports business show, held annually in Munich, Germany. For the ISPO Awards, sports-related products are judged strictly on concept, design, technicality, environmental sensitivity and other criteria, with superior products winning awards that are highly regarded within the industry.
CHROME
A thermal bonded, non-quilted down process and seam taping make these Descente original down pants extremely waterproof. Our unique, minimum pattern SIO ※1 cutting technique brings together complete one-piece left and right halves to reduce the number of sewn seams and greatly enhance comfort and mobility. A BOA system ※2 closure at the waist improves fit and makes adjustment fast and easy. An award winner in the Outdoor segment, Lifestyle & Fashion category at ISPO2016. ※3
※1 A clever system developed by Descente, taking into account various factors, such as fabric characteristics, seam requirements, etc., to simplify garment design and the manufacturing process. It reduces significantly the number of traditionally sewn seams, bringing improvement in freedom of movement and waterproofing.
※2 A unique, simple closure system developed in the USA by Boa Technology. Light and durable, it can be adjusted to provide maximum comfort with just one turn of a dial.
※3 ISPO is the world’s largest international sports business show, held annually in Munich, Germany. For the ISPO Awards, sports-related products are judged strictly on concept, design, technicality, environmental sensitivity and other criteria, with superior products winning awards that are highly regarded within the industry.