/ gore tex or.......
looking for a new waterproof for the wife
Generaly used in the uk, on the hills so waterpoofness..ness is important but so is durability and breathability.
the reason I ask is that my gore tex jacket has lasted ages and still really water proof, where as her e-vent jacket leaks like a sieve despite being well looked after but thought that maybe this was a brand related issue rather than the material.
I dithered and bought Goretex again. Decided Paramo was heavy and hot, neither of which sit well with me.
I do have e vent jacket for certain circumstances, mainly where I wish waterproofness in warmer condition as its less bulky and easier to carry. My Paramo jacket is the norm all year round in Scotland though and has been well used and abused, and all you need do is repair when needed, wash and reproof and it functions as new. Rip a laminate or if it delaminates or breaks down, then it's for the bin. Most of my regular walking mates use paramo or cioch equivalent, but its not for everyone. Can't comment between goretex and e vent as never had a goretex jacket.
Personally I really hate the cut of paramo and think it's too heavy and hot for me. I don't sweat a great deal and Gore-tex has always kept me reasonably dry. Having 27 options for venting probably tells you quite a bit about the overheating problem.
Paramo is repairable but depending on how handy you are with a sewing kit it isn't necessarily easier to repair than a membrane jacket.
My normal mountain hardware goretex proshell jacket works amazingly. Helped massively by the long pit zips for the uphills.
i have had 2 E-vent jackets ,and have found them really breathable,and lets out sweat ,but only when its not raining.
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