About Rain Jackets

About Rain Jackets These are my favorite light, waterproof shells: They didn’t make my top picks, but I also liked the Fjallraven Keb and the Arc’teryx Zeta SL. I liked the Keb’s PFC-free waterproofing materials and commuter-friendly design details, and I liked the Zeta SL’s slim fit, articulated panels, and durable two-layer construction. Marmot’s Keele Peak lightweight shell performed well while hiking and biking, but Marmot’s Pertex doesn’t feel as nice as either AscentShell or Futurelight, and I don’t find it as breathable. I also don’t think it justified the substantially higher price tag.

These jackets are worth the money: I’ve had a Patagonia Torrentshell ($129) for five years. I was disappointed by Patagonia’s choice to stay with a DWR that isn’t PFC-free. However, in 2016, the company switched from the DWR treatment with a longer chemical structure, or C8 PFCs, to one with a shorter molecule that is easier to break down. This year’s version includes a stuff sack and a microfleece-lined neck that is fun to rub my face against when I have it zipped up against the wind. I was also impressed by the performance of Outdoor Research’s Helium II, a lightweight, packable rain jacket that can usually be found for under $100. Marmot’s PreCip Eco has also been around for 20 years and now has a PFC-free face fabric.

I really like REI’s in-house jackets: I am continually surprised at the value for the price in REI’s line. Its casual rain jackets have plenty of nice features, work well, and cost hundreds of dollars less than many of my other picks.
About Rain Jackets These have interesting design details: Pit zips present a conundrum to me. I find cold air blasting under my arms to be uncomfortable, but I don’t like getting swampy while running. The Janji Rainrunner ($196) avoids the pit zip conundrum, as it’s basically a waterproof tank top layered underneath a long-sleeved crop top, with a full 360 degrees of venting around the core. I also tried Coalatree’s Whistler windbreaker ($129), which is a lightweight windbreaker with a DWR application. Its HiloTech fabric is also self-repairing—if you get tiny holes in the fabric from a thorny plant or a sparking ember off a fire, you can rub it with your fingertips to patch it up. It doesn’t work with tears that are much larger than a pinprick, but if you can avoid stabbing yourself with your pocketknife, you should be good to go. It will be available in April 2020.
Understanding Rain Jacket Tech

Trying to decipher jackets’ product specs is almost as annoying as getting soaked by a sudden cloudburst on the trail.

Look for laminated layers: Most technical waterproof jackets are referred to as two- or three-layer jackets. These layers usually consist of a face fabric that has been treated with a waterproofing agent like Durable Water Repellent, or DWR, which is a thin mesh for releasing water vapor, plus a protective interior lining underneath. In general, Amber Williams suggests that for greater durability, you’ll want to look for layers that have been laminated together, rather than merely coated with a waterproofing agent.

Waterproof and breathability ratings: Manufacturers usually rate each fabric based on its waterproofing and breathability. For example, a About Rain Jackets with a waterproof rating of 20,000 means that if you had an endlessly long 1-inch square tube, you could pour 20,000 millimeters of water on top of the fabric before it would start seeping through (that’s over 65 feet!). A 20,000 breathability rating means that 20,000 grams of water vapor can pass through the fabric going the other direction. While the higher breathability rating might seem better, you might want to think twice if you’ll be out in the cold. Body heat can escape a breathable jacket almost as easily as water vapor.

Fantastic fabrics: While Gore-Tex remains the gold standard in terms of waterproofing performance, new fabrics are coming out all the time. This year, I was excited to test both Futurelight and AscentShell, spider-weight waterproof, yet breathable fabrics that allow designers to create garments with far fewer seams. They’re so lightweight, in fact, that I’m looking forward to even more comfortable, waterproof garments, like T-shirts or dresses, within the next few years.

Check the seams and zippers: If you want your rain jacket to last longer than an amusement park poncho, look at the seams. Shoulders are particularly vulnerable points, as most outdoor sports require you to wear a backpack that can rub and damage them. “Design lines look really sexy, but over time, they’re not going to last as long,” Williams said. Other features to look for include plasticized, water-resistant zippers and protective zipper flaps. That’s why our rain jacket picks are so expensive—a lot of new fabric tech and a lot of design details!

Care for your jacket: You can vastly extend the life of your jacket by caring for it properly. Hang it—don’t store it crammed in an abrasive, tiny stuff sack. If you see stains from grease, dirt, or sunscreen, or notice that water is no longer beading on the surface, you’ll need to wash it. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions. You may need a specialized detergent—many fabric detergents will leave residues that can interfere with DWR’s performance. Avoid fabric softener, bleaches, dry cleaning, or the dryer.

More Great WIRED Stories
Algae caviar, anyone? What we’ll eat on the journey to Mars
Deliver us, Lord, from the startup life
A code-obsessed novelist builds a writing bot. The plot thickens
The WIRED Guide to the internet of things
How to share files securely online
The secret history of facial recognition. Plus, the latest news on AI
Want the best tools to get healthy? Check out our Gear team’s picks for the best fitness trackers, running gear (including shoes and socks), and best headphones

more about About Rain Jackets, continue other time

Tinggalkan Balasan

Alamat email Anda tidak akan dipublikasikan. Ruas yang wajib ditandai *

Powered by WordPress | Theme Designed by: axis Bank bca Bank bni Bank bri Bank btn Bank cimbniaga Bank citibank Bank danamon Bank Indonesia Bank klikmbc Bank mandiri Bank ocbc bank Panin Bank syaria hmandiri dana dominoqq google gopay indihome kaskus kominfo linkaja.id maybank ovo telkom telkomsel WA