New Waterproof Fabric - Mountain Hardwear's 'Dry Q'

Mountain Hardwear invited out to the alps to test their new waterproof fabric - Dry Q. The fabric was put through its paces high above the alpine village of La Grave and although no scientific tests were conducted, good old fashioned gear testing was the name of the game - and test we did. Everyone who was out on the hill wearing the fabric came down satisfied that this new material was definitely fit for purpose - a great addition to the already large number of waterproof textiles on the market.

The fabric range - Dry Q - will be available from autumn 2011 onwards. Below is the press release from Mountain Hardwear about their new family of fabrics.

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Mountain Hardwear have launched Dry Q - and they invited loads of outdoor journalists to test it.


Mountain Hardwear, a leader in technical outdoor apparel, equipment and accessories, announces the launch of Dry.Q, a new family of waterproof-breathable technologies.

  • Total Waterproof Protection
  • Highest Breathability Standards
  • Unique and Sport Specific Designs

Traditional waterproof-breathable fabrics do a good job of keeping the water outside from getting in. But until now, no one's figured out how to keep you from getting wet on the inside. Introducing Dry.Q, the first waterproof-breathable system focused on keeping you dry and comfortable - inside and out.

François Lombard, French competition climbing hero, guiding journalists testing Dry Q, 81 kb
François Lombard, French competition climbing hero, guiding journalists testing Dry Q
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Dry Q is much more breathable than other fabrics according to Mountain Hardwear, 104 kb
Dry Q is much more breathable than other fabrics according to Mountain Hardwear
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Dry Q, 25 kb

Meet the DryQ Family

Dry Q Elite, 19 kbDry.Q Elite

For users who are continually pushing their own Human Potential in Alpine environments.

Traditional waterproof-breathable systems work by moving moisture out through the shell fabric. the trouble is, you have to get hot before they start working. That means waiting until you're clammy and damp before the breathability kicks in.

Dry.Q Elite doesn't make you wait. It's air-permeable membrane allows air - not just moisture - to pass outward through the fabric. That always-on air flow won't wait for you to get hot first. With Dry.Q, breathability and comfort starts the moment you put on your jacket.

Dry Q Active, 19 kbDry.Q Active

Designed for high intensity, forward motion activities.

Introducing lightweight stretch performance for Active Sports! High-output activities require high-performance clothing. Waterproof-breathable protection combined with stretchy, lightweight materials, and body-mapped designs minimize drag, weight and bulk, and maximize freedom of movement.

By combining the functionality of performance clothing with the protection of an alpine-proven, waterproof-breathable system, Dry.Q Active lets athletes push aerobic sports deeper into the backcountry.

Dry Q Core, 19 kbDry.Q Core

Designed to meet the demands across a broad spectrum of users.

Dry.Q is our core waterproof-breathable technology with performance standards that meet or exceed industry standards for durability of windproofness, waterproofness and breathability. Designed to last, it's the only waterproof-breathable that's been extensively tested to ensure the durability of it's breathability.

Versatile enough to work with the lightweight fabrics in our Mountain series and extremely durable trekking and backpacking shells, Dry.Q also excels in day-to-day rainwear.

Testing the Dry Q from Mountain Hardwear in an alpine environment - La Grave

Testing the Dry Q fabric at La Grave, France.

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