/ Waterproof fabrics
What experiences have you had keeping dry in severe wet weather and what brands do you trust?
there is a lot of hype over the fabrics, along with a lot of factors like the condition of the DWR, the activity, what you wear under the fabric and the construction of the jacket.
best ive used was the old incite fabric MHW had going 5 or 6 years ago, but it still wasnt as perfect as the marketing said it should be.
please explain abbreviations!
DWR = Durable Water Repellence, a key ingredient in waterproof/breathable fabrics.
MHW = Mountain Hardwear, a North American clothing and gear manufacturer.
Have a read of this article to understand how fabrics work: http://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/page.php?id=4556
Department of Water Resources, Mixed Hazardous Waste.
just f*cking around. jon explained better.
Probably Goretex XCR is the best I've used, mine is a Mountain Equipment mountaineering jacket.
While not being 'dry', a fluffy woollen jumper over a merino base layer kept me warm under a plastic bag waterproof a while ago when I was out all day bustling about doing fencing.
I think if you're comfortable and warm you don't notice any dampness too much.
Goretex XCR with pitzips is good in my experience, though, but you'll still probably get damp arms or something like that...
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