Durable outdoor clothing with a biodegradable PFC-free DWR finish.
This review is part of our New Brands Gear Guide.
By Chris Townsend
British company Dannah designs clothing that is durable and that will cope with the worst weather. It currently gets plenty of testing from multiple Munro-bagger Hazel Strachan, who is currently on her tenth round – she completes one a year (see the December 2018 issue of TGO for an interview with Hazel). In fact, I discovered the existence of Dannah when I noticed the Dannah Clothing link on a Tweet from Hazel.
The Dannah range consists of waterproof jackets and trousers and Merino base layers. The waterproof garments are made with the Porelle Dry microporous polyurethane membrane which is waterproof, breathable and durable – it’s said to withstand repeated washes. The garments have a DWR finish that does not contain PFCs and which will biodegrade. Porelle, a UK company, also uses renewable energy from its own wind turbine and solar panels and makes membranes using recycled materials. Dannah’s merino wool comes from non-mulesed farms in Australia and New Zealand that comply with RSPCA regulations.
“Most importantly Dannah makes quality products that last a long time,” says the brand.
There are two waterproof jackets in the range – the Lightweight Scottish Alpine and the Light Weight Alpine. The first is made in Scotland, hence thename. Bothjacketshavehoods with flexible peaks, chest pockets and watertight zips. The Scottish Alpine Jacket is only available in men’s sizes, the Alpine in men’s and women’s. Prices are £450 and £320, though at the time of writing both are on sale at £260. In Merino wool there are men’s short-sleeved and long-sleeved tops with crew necks costing £68 and £80 respectively and a women’s short- sleeved top at £65.