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Does Tom Bihn plan to transition to PFC-free DWR for its products?

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    Does Tom Bihn plan to transition to PFC-free DWR for its products?

    Over the past several years, the bulk of the outdoor gear and apparel industry has transitioned away from using long-chain (C8) PFC DWR (durable water repellant) coatings, and for good reason—these coatings are toxic, accumulate in the body and environment, and don’t break down. According to its materials page, Tom Bihn currently uses short-chain (C6) PFC DWR on most of its outer materials, and while better than C8 DWRs, many, myself included, still have toxicity concerns with C6. Other pack makers like Osprey, Patagonia, and Deuter now use PFC-free, bluesign approved, DWR on their packs. Does Tom Bihn have plans to transition to PFC-free DWR? I’d love to purchase my first Tom Bihn pack, but it’s the only thing holding me back.

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    Hi hotpancakes! Welcome to the forums and thanks for asking this. We've actually been exploring the options that are out there recently and are going to be working on some tests with sample fabrics soon. Nothing to share quite yet but this is on our mind and it's really helpful to hear that it's on your mind too!

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      Originally posted by MikeV View Post
      Hi hotpancakes! Welcome to the forums and thanks for asking this. We've actually been exploring the options that are out there recently and are going to be working on some tests with sample fabrics soon. Nothing to share quite yet but this is on our mind and it's really helpful to hear that it's on your mind too!
      Very cool! Thanks! If y'all need an extra person to test something new out, I'm happy to help.

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