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I have a high-end gore-tex jacket and my wife has Paramo. I also have Paramo trousers. They are quite different: Gore-Tex is designed to be a physical barrier that prevents water getting through, while Nikwax Analogy (the fabric in Paramo jackets) is designed to be highly water-repellent and wick water quickly from inside to out rather than being actually ...


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When washing rain coats and fleeces I use Nikwax tech wash and reproofer (millets link), on the bottle these say reconmended for Goretex so I assume it's the same. In general with waterproof clothing do not use normal washing powders as these remove the waterproof coating.


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From my experience, water resistant means that the item will survive a splash of water but not any form of prolonged exposure. Water proof suggest that it is Impervious to or unaffected by water. For waterproof items, there is often an IP number provided which helps you understand the level of waterproofness the item offers. IP codes are widely used in ...


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The first commandment of leather care is to never let your boots dry too quickly, for example on direct sun or next to a source of heat. The leather could crack or shrink. You have to let them dry slowly. Second, you should use something to keep the leather in good shape. There are tons of products for this, so pick a dependable outdoors brand and use what ...


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I trust Arc'teryx's Product Care Information. There's a video to take you through the whole process. And you actually DO want to use the dryer because the heat reactivates the durable water repellant (DWR). DWR is the actual substance/layer that does the water repelling. You can also follow the instructions recommended on the actual GoreTex site: Washing ...


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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 ...


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"Waterproof" means that no water will penetrate. "Water resistant" means that there exists a limit of exposure at which water will penetrate. Watches are normally water resistant to a particular depth below which the water pressure is too high and the seals are breached. Breathable clothing quite of often states some comparable metric indicating, for ...


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If it doesn't need to be pretty, a cost effective option is spinnaker repair tape (nylon cloth tape, for example, see products on this page). It is designed for repairs to yacht sails so it is durable, weatherproof and should survive a machine wash (but it wont be breathable). Stick a piece over the hole on the front and back of the fabric.


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I'm not a native speaker, but being waterproof suggests more endurance to water than being only water-resistance. But linguistic nuances doesn't make law. More important is, what are the norms and regulations about using such definitions, in the country where that equipment is produced or sold. If there are such regulations, false promises may make ...


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TLDR: If you're in extreme Arctic conditions fur does have an advantage. There is this study on the Inuit's Fur Parkas ABSTRACT: The traditional clothing system developed and used by the Inuit is the most effective cold weather clothing developed to date. One of the key elements used by the Inuit is a fur ruff attached to the hood, hem, and cuffs of ...


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The following information is from Regatta Professional. Question: How should I wash my Waterproof Garment? Answer: Always follow the care symbols on the inner label when washing your jacket. It is advised that you use pure soap such as Regatta non-detergent Cleaner when washing your Regatta waterproof garment. Avoid use of biological washing powders or ...


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Look in the women's section of your favorite clothing supplier. The average woman is shorter than the average man, which means there are often smaller sizes in these selections. They also have some options that are not available in mens clothes. Unfortunately Women's clothes often have small pockets, so when shopping the women's section, besure to test ...


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As long as you are washing with a front-loader, then putting in your water-proofs and washing on a low temperature with reproofer (instructions should be on the bottle) will get your get clean and waterproof. Top-loaders batter the hell out of your clothes, and can damage the waterproofing. Also - do not but them in a dryer... hang them out (you probably ...


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The accepted answer is an excellent summary, but I'd like to add my personal observations. I do most of my walking in Scotland in "dreich", cold conditions. Paramo is the only thing that keeps me dry. Having gone through a series of GoreTex/Event/Triplepoint jackets beforehand, my experience was of being drenched in my own sweat even if they kept the rain ...


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Nikwax Analogy (Paramo) fabrics and Gore-Tex fabrics are very different, and in fact fall under two different categories: Nikwax is more of a softshell and Gore-Tex is a hardshell. That means Paramo is not 100% waterproof, even when treated while Gore-Tex fabric is (when well maintained). The fact that Nikwax fabric is not completely waterproof means that ...


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TL;DR - It will help, but it's no magic bullet. Spray on DWR like nikwax or granger's will help the water bead up for a while when applied to knit fabrics. But the garment will still wet out with any significant rainfall, at best they will keep you from getting wet in a slight drizzle. Most of these products have specialized versions for different ...


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One summer job, I needed shoes to walk on a rocky beach, sometimes in the water, for 5 to 10 miles per day all summer. Stretchy neoprene shoes were terrible for this- no traction and no support. So I used regular sneakers. I chose a pair of cross country racing flats. The model I used are no longer made, but were made by New Balance. The uppers were ...


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Two suggestions. Buy canvas sneakers or tennis shoes, or even those flat soled kungfu shoe style slippers. Leather boat shoes.


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In outdoor garments, water resistant means that it will keep you dry in light rain for some time, is not a garment to withstand heavy rain. Water proof means that it will keep you dry in the rain, but then it depends on the quality of the material, and how well is designed.


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I spend a lot of time in the snowy wet Sierra's and the only way I know to have a dry pair of mittens at the end of the day is to have two pairs of mittens. Goretex et al can help, but only if the mitten is constructed such that the WB layer is one piece insert between the outer and inner layers of the mitten. Even then you can wear gaps in the WB layer. ...


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For extended outing using an antipersperant on your hands helps. Overmitts plus fleece liners is my goto. I have a pair of leather cowhide overmits that I use when working -- leather takes the abuse of moving firewood. I ahve a nylon pair with duraflex (breathable coating applied directly to fabric.) for use in bitter cold weather. On extended trips (multi-...


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Water resistant is often used where water resistance is quantified usually in terms of static pressure head. An obvious example is watches which have long been classified by water depth in metres of pressure in bars or atmospheres. Also fabrics for jackets, tents etc will be specified by the head of water which they will resist. In many ways a specified ...


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You already washed it, so it is probably not as waterproof as it was new. If the pores/fabric are open enough to trap butter and keep it through a wash with dish soap. you have two options. Buy a new one, this one is unlikely to be an effective rain barrier. Rub cinnamon into the area with the butter, this should cover the butter smell or at least make ...


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Duct tape works as a temporary repair. Get rid of the duct tape glue. A: remove the duct tape. B: trying various solvents, remove any residual glue. You can try solvents first on the duct tape itself. Solvents to try include alcohols, mineral spirits/varsol, naphtha (camping fuel), gasoline, ether, butane, acetone and various propritary gunk removers. ...


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I can't answer the specifics of mittens, but I can answer in terms of leather and cleaning/drying. Artificial fibers materials can be very hard wearing, if you get the right ones - gloves designed for mountaineering will be tough and designed for snow/ice use. However, I have found that leather ones for biking are great - provided they are looked after ...


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I finished the job last night, using "Black Witch" glue and reinforcing tape. It looks good so far - the join is like a less tidy version of the seam in my first picture, as I erred on the side of generosity with the glue. The seals, which are made of 2 mm neoprene are now tighter by about 1 cm (wrist) and 2 cm (neck). As I stretch the ...


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