Hardface Hero Hex 1200X1200
polartec logo


Surface Treatment

Polartec® Hardface® is a patented polymer surface treatment applied to enhance durability.

Fused at the fiber level, Hardface® increases abrasion resistance and water repellency. Select Hardface® styles feature DWR to add even greater water repellency. Breathability is not sacrificed by the Hardface® coating of each individual fiber. Hardface’s added fabric protection maintains performance quality and extends the life of garments.

The Finishing Touch for Durability.

Contact Us

Hardface® Features & Benefits






Smooth Exterior

Available in 100% Recycled P.E.T. Plastic

Available in 100% Recycled P.E.T. Plastic

Available in at least 50% Recycled P.E.T. Plastic

Available in at least 50% Recycled P.E.T. Plastic

Hardface 1950X735

Polartec® Hardface®

About Hardface® Technology

Polartec® Hardface® expands the benefits of polartec’s high performance fabrics.

Hardface® creates a smoother exterior finish to resist abrasion and snagging, for a longer garment life and lasting look. This polymer treatment bonds with every fiber of the outer surface to add weather resistance. The precision application of Hardface® increases the strength of any fabric style.

Technology Hardface 2020X1110
Hardface® Q&A
Hardface® is a proprietary surface-fused polymer applied to some Polartec materials to increase their abrasion and snag resistance, making them insanely durable for knitted materials.
DWR stands for Durable Water Repellency. This fabric coating is the first line of defense against rain. It creates a repellent surface so that water will tend to bead up and run off a garment.
Request a swatch of any of our fabrics by <a href="/contact-us">contacting a member of our sales team</a>.
Garments made with Polartec® Hardface® can be found in our <a href="/partners/marketplace">Partner Marketplace</a> or by <a href="/partners/where-to-buy-garments-made-with-polartec">shopping at e-commerce retailers</a>.

Shop Polartec® Hardface®

Find garments made with Hardface® and other Polartec® fabrics from these retailers


Backcountry sells outdoor gear and apparel.

Shop Now


Moosejaw curates and sells all things outdoors.

Shop Now


High-quality climbing and mountaineering products.

Shop Now

Competitive Cyclist

Devoted to delivering a premium bike shop experience.

Shop Now


Evo explores the collaborations between culture and sport.

Shop Now

Steep and Cheap

Deep discounts on outdoor gear & apparel.

Shop Now

Related Articles

Press Releases

2023 Polartec Apex Award Winners Announced

Press Releases

2022 Polartec Apex Award Winners Announced

Made To Partner

Featured Partner: Ariat

Welcome in.

From Industry insider access to community updates, stay in the loop with everything we do.