How to Stay Dry:
Types of Waterproofing
Here’s a quick overview of important differences to help keep you dry and comfortable no matter the conditions.
So many "W's"
- Water-repellent – the fabric helps prevent saturation and sheds water. This is often due to a treatment like wax or durable water repellent (DWR) as well as fabric type and construction.
- Water-resistant – the fabric resists saturation and penetration, meaning it takes a little while before it starts to soak in. This can be due to the fabric’s tight-weave construction, type of fabric, and/or applied treatments.
- Waterproof – impenetrable materials and construction simply won’t allow water in, meaning it can stand up to a LOT of rain. Waterproof-breathable fabric also works to reduce that clammy feeling.
A light drizzle
Water-resistant jackets provide slightly more protection without going fully waterproof (water-resistant and waterproof gear is also water-repellent). Because they require less engineering, water-resistant jackets are often less expensive and are offered in a variety of stylish silhouettes with or without hoods. But if you spend too much time in the rain or get caught in a storm, that water-resistant jacket may get saturated (also known as “wet out”).
Shower to downpour
If you’re exercising or exerting yourself in the rain, a highly waterproof-breathable jacket is essential. State-of-the-art rain jackets feature external membranes with tiny pores that allow water vapor (from sweat) to escape while sealing out surface moisture, ensuring zero wet out. And by placing the membrane on the outside and fabric on the inside to manage moisture, unrivaled next-to-skin comfort is achieved.