/ Ventile for UK weather, Spring Summer Autumn Winter
Has anybody used Ventile in the UK year round, since it's always raining it seems, and how have they found it?
Does it really work, and is it comfortable/pleasent to wear? Is what i'm wanting to find out.
Its a long time since I used Ventile but... if it gets absolutely sodden then it is not pleasant. Could well depend on the 'repellency' of what you are using. Sodden and freezing is another issue....
But in generally dry conditions with odd showers it is ace.
For a lot of UK conditions, spring to autumn it would be fine, possibly backed up with a Paclite top for more persistent rain.
This is the reason it was used for immersion suits during the war.
The second layer will prevent any further water ingress.
However a wet ventile jacket will weigh as much as a wet dog on your shoulders.
I use a double ventile jacket with three layer patches on shoulders and double trousers at work - ranger.
It is heavy and goes stiff when wet but still doesn't leak and has been in use as my main waterproof on work days for over 8 yrs 2 now.
I getit manky all the time and it goes in the washing machine once a year whether it needs it or not - it should be done more often but usually gets a rinse in the rain, or in the river instead.
The surface treatment wears off quickly but the outer layer absorbs water swells then lets no more through. It is fantastically windproof and breathable when dry, as there is no laminate or proofing.
Heavy goretex jackets used to last less than three years and trousers less than that.
I've got a single layer one for showery days.
If you can put up with the weight it is good.
i think you`d be better off with paramo or event(or similar) shell.
Has anyone seen or used one of the PhD down jackets? Dont think they made very many.
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