WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BE­TWEEN WATER-RESISTANT, WATER-REPELLENT AND WATERPROOF JACKETS?

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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.

Paul Smith

Fendi

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