Question by Sofaking@: Water Resistant? Or Water Proof???
well, basicly i’m trying to decide between a few jackets to buy for the upcoming snow season
there around the same price range, give or take $ 10-20. basicly, im kinda interested in the water resistant one, because it feels like a more “molded” fit, it contoures to my body shape. and has a inner cloth lining, but the catch is that its only water resistant.
the water proof one is preety neet looking. the thing is its some what baggy, and doesn’t have any inner layering….but it is 10k/10k water proof. and has more pockets. including two inside, which the water-resistant one lacks….
1) what does the 10k/10k mean?
2) which one would you recommend i go for?
i like to challange myself, and i tried to ride double-black-diamonds as much as possible (as i ski aswell as board)…..and to say that i don’t fall down ocassionaly would be a lie…..but do you think water-resistant jackets would be able to put up with the snow condidtions??? of me falling and what not?
Answer by Traci
If you were buying pants, I’d say absolutely go for the waterproof over the water resistant. With jackets, there is a bit more leeway. Personally I’d only buy a waterproof jacket (because being wet sucks). I’d maybe keep looking until you find a waterproof one that is more your style – but if you’re in love with the water resistant one, then go ahead with it.
A note about jackets without linings – I wouldn’t worry too much about a jacket not having a lining. These are actually better for quickly adjusting your temperature. My jacket has only a very thin lining, which means I can wear it in the spring when it gets warm (over just a t-shirt), add a base layer of thermals when it gets a bit colder, add a fleece when it gets still colder, etc.
What the ratings mean:
10k/10k = Waterproofing/Breathability
For the waterproofing, this means that the fabric can withstand 10,000 mm of rainfall in a 24-hour period before the water will permeate the fabric. (That would be about 33 feet of rain.) In practice, you’ll find that a tiny bit of water will get in at times (through zipper areas, improperly taped seams, in tiny tears from a previous fall), but generally – the higher the number you can get here the better.
For the breathability rating – there is no industry standard way to measure breathability, so it can sometimes be trickier to compare one brand to another. Within the same brand, a higher number is better. Your waterproofing score is generally the more important of the two, however.
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