They both are waterproof but what are the differences and is one better?

  • 3
    I can't speak to all products, but I believe that one reason we saw a proliferation of "water-proof breathable" fabrics hit the market a few years back was because Gore's exclusive patent ran out on Gore-Tex(TM), allowing the same exact membrane to be manufactured by other companies under other names.
    – Lost
    Commented Jan 27, 2012 at 1:33

1 Answer 1


Gore-Tex is a family of products and even DryQ isn’t a single fabric. Probably a better comparison would be between Gore-Tex Active Shell and DryQ. Both are a new generation of waterproof fabrics that has only recently come to the market. Both are supposed to be much more breathable than older membranes like Paclite, eVent, Gelanots and others.

I would venture to say that the comparison would be quite similar to the previous generation of waterproof fabrics – it does not matter much which fabric you choose, as long as it’s a high-quality one. Personally I would choose either one, and care much more about the item’s fit, manufacturing quality, design etc.

I could be wrong and it might be that one of the new generation of fabrics comes out as a clear winner, but I doubt the real-world difference will be significant.

  • Do you have any numbers or stats on each of them?
    – Ross
    Commented Feb 19, 2012 at 3:56
  • @Ross, sorry, no numbers. But I’m not sure if the numbers are going to play a substantial role, even after they are available. I have read and thought about various breathability and water resistance ratings for the older membranes and still can’t really imagine a practical difference between a 20/25 kg/m²/day jacket or between a 10k/20k mm jacket.
    – zoul
    Commented Feb 28, 2012 at 9:01

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.