Best breathable Waterproof?.
Goretex and most others are a membrane that sucks water through it. eVent and I think Endura’s PTFE actually contain thousands of tiny holes that actually let air through. A slight decrease in wind resistance, but way more breathable. The airflow is perceptable as being slightly cooler when in wind but this is perfect for riding of course.
I’m never buying Goretex again.Posted 4 years ago
Yes would be good to see some technical bunff comparing different fabrics. Manufacturers also are very poor at a) stating weights and b) waterproof and breathability ratings.
And WHY THE **** DO SO MANY TOP JACKETS ONLY COME IN BLACK OR GREY! Possibly the two worst colours for biking!Posted 4 years agocrikeyMember
Castelli Gabba for foul weather riding, but you need to choose the day to wear it. It can be too warm if you get it wrong.
Best new bit of Castelli kit other than the Gabba is this, from here.
I used to use boil-in-the-bag jackets in the past, but cutting the sleeves off at the elbow makes them smaller, easier to get on and off while still riding, but almost as functional.Posted 4 years ago
The problem with breathability ratings is they are lab based, not real world. How many seams, double fabric layers at pockets, dirt, temps, humidity, the base layer below, cut of jacket, How well you vent it etc is far more important than a rating of some kind.Posted 4 years ago
So what does everyone think is the best of current generation jackets? Namely for road biking so want something that packs down small ( ideally less than 300g). Been looking at the Castelli eVent jackets and the Sugio Neoshells. Had bad experience with Goretex (paclite) so not so keen on those..Posted 4 years ago
As I said, I would look for good cut, fewest seams and pockets, a ‘good’ known fabric from a known brand – and use the zip and any vents as much as you can..Posted 4 years ago
Montane Minimus / Patagonia M10 / etc could teach a few bike jacket manufacturers a thing or two.hungry monkeyMember
Been riding with a sugoi RSE neoshell jacket recently and it’s been shitting all over the gore active shell and eVent jackets I’ve also been riding in. If the figures are too be believed it’s not as waterproof as the others but if you’re looking for breathability, it’s a stunning bit of kit.Posted 4 years agohungry monkeyMember
274 grams for the RSE
271 for a gore power active shell.
Both size L
Virtually nothing to separate them in terms of pack size. Worth bearing in mind that the sugoi is from their Pro fit range so more of a race fit.
I find the arms on the sugoi ever so slightly short and there’s not as much drop on the tail as the gore one but it’s got more features and breathes better so it’s my preferred jacket. (Comparing sugoi rse neoshell to gore power active shell – the gore being considerably cheaper)Posted 4 years ago
I’ve never known a jacket of any kind actually leak.
*All* of them leak, you just need to wear it more…I think every bit of waterproof (membran’ed) kit I have owned has leaked eventually – it is just a matter of when.Posted 4 years ago
I chose to buy cheaper fabric recently, take a hit on breath-ability, in the hunt for durability.
Having said that, it looks like Paramo are finally changing the cut and style of their stuff, so looks like I can head back towards that next time. I loved the fabric, disliked the cut, over complexity and styling – but they breathed well and lasted for ever.
Having said that, it looks like Paramo are finally changing the cut and style of their stuff
It’s a shame they aren’t actually waterproof.
Many swear by them but my experience is that they only really good in the snow rather than rain and tend to be too hot for cycling.Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Waterproof gillet, wet arms to keep you cool, sorted. By the time it gets too cold for that to work, just about any waterproof is suitable. Breathability is nice but it doesn’t cool you, it just lets your bucket of sweat escape a bit. Being too hot in a jacket is still horrible even if it’s breathable.Posted 4 years agoRicBSubscriber
Ime no waterproof fabric can cope with the amount of sweat a mtber produces.
I found event the best of the membranes but still got the prickly/sweaty feeling. I use a merino softshell now, only wear a waterproof if it’s properly tipping down
Paramo is great for walking- very comfortable and breathable but it is warm. Iirc the Leeds rain-room lab tests showed Paramo can shift 300ml water/hr. A mtber can produce 1000ml/hr
Wind proofing is far more important than waterproofing when on a bikePosted 4 years ago
Matt – are your jackets actually leaking or just getting damp on the inside through condensation and then feeling cold through water falling on the outside? Not much practical difference of course, as you ate still cold and wet, but it affects what you do about it.
Endura PTFE jackets are going cheap on CRC currently btw.Posted 4 years agofootflapsSubscriber
From what I’ve read Goretex and Event are virtually identical. Both PTFE membranes only GTX bonds theirs to an extra layer, hence slightly less breathable but harder wearing, although the newer GTXs have lost the extra layer (or have a thinner one), so performs very similar to Event.
Lots of detail here: http://www.facewest.co.uk/Gore-Tex-eVent.html?template=1274172004Posted 4 years ago
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