WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WATER-RESISTANT, WATER-REPELLENT AND WATERPROOF JACKETS?
The terms “water-resistant” and “waterproof” are often confused used interchangeably, but that is actually a common misconception. Technically, the definitions of waterresistant and waterproof—along with the also-popular “water-repellent”—are:
Water-resistant: This is the lowest water protection rating of the three. Water-resistance is usually the result from the natural quality of a fabric, like nylon and polyester. Neither, however, is water-repellent or waterproof. due to the tight structure of these fabrics, it is harder for water to push through; but it doesn’t necessarily mean that it can’t. chances are, water-resistant fabrics can light splashes of water or light rain.
Water-repellent: Fabrics that are water-repellent, on the other hand, have an extra chemical coating that essentially makes it hydrophobic, or able to push water away. When water touches a water-repellent jacket, it will usually turn into beads that can easily slide down.
Waterproof: The highest level of water protection among the three, waterproof means that the surface is impermeable to water. This is achieved through seam sealing, which means covering all the stich holes, gaps and seams on the fabric.