We’re pretty sure you all know G-1000. But if not, or perhaps you just want to know more, here’s a brief history of our most-used material.
The All Rounder
Made from 65% polyester and 35% cotton, and impregnated with Greenland Wax to offer water repellency, the first G-1000 garment goes on sale. The product is the Greenland Jacket and it goes onto become one of our most iconic items. It’s strong but light, ventilating but resistant to unpredictable weather. It offers UV protection – essential for long days in nature – and it’s mosquito proof too, so great for lazy summer evenings by the campfire.
It’s so good that it stands strong all alone until 2010, when not one, but two new G-1000 fabrics join our range.
The Hunter’s Choice
G-1000 Silent is designed to make less noise when you’re moving around. The material is brushed, meaning it’s smooth and soft to the touch and quieter than other versions of G-1000, making it well suited to hunting. Aside from that, it offers the same tried and trusted properties of G-1000 Original and comes pre-waxed for wind- and water-resistance.
The Summertime Version
G-1000 is a very study, rigid material but sometimes we want something lighter. Enter G-1000 Lite, a less stiff, more flexible version of the original. And to avoid reducing its strength we added rip-stop threads to boost its resistance to tears. It comes lightly waxed to offer some resistance to gentle winds and showers and, although it doesn’t safeguard against mosquitos, it still offers UV protection.
The Environmentally Friendly One
In 2011 we start to roll out G-1000 Eco, a more sustainable version of G-1000 made from recycled polyester and organic cotton. The recycled polyester means we use fewer virgin raw materials and the organic cotton uses fewer chemicals to grow. We’re still rolling this out across the range, but our new Greenland Updated collection is made entirely from G-1000 Eco.
The Heavy Duty One
G-1000 is tough, but G-1000 Heavy Duty goes a step further. Impregnated with Greenland Wax on both sides, it takes durability to a new level. This does mean it’s less ventilating than regular G-1000, so we use it for products where resilience, rather than airflow, is a priority. This translates to reinforcement materials – on places that are susceptible to extra hard wear – and for many of our bags and backpacks. Where smoothness is required, we use G-1000 Heavy Duty Eco S. It’s slightly lighter than the regular version, due to a finer weave, and it’s made from recycled polyester and organic cotton.
The Warm Climate Option
With G-1000 Air we’ve taken warm climate trekking up a notch. This extra lightweight material is even airier than G-1000 Lite, as it has a looser weave and it’s not waxed, allowing for much better airflow. Although this does mean it no longer offers resistance to wet and windy weather or mosquitos. But when the sun is beating down on you, breathability is your priority.
Text: Sarah Benton