Does anyone have experience with Marmot clothing with their Membrain fabric? Wondering about how waterproof this material is in the real world and how breathable it is as well.
I've got a pair of Marmot Membrain pants that I really do not care for. They have definitely been waterproof in my experience (and i've had them out in some borderline rain/snow storm days). But I agree with tromano, they don't seem to breathe all that well.
Another issue I have that's not related to the Membrain fabric itself is the DWR on them is total crap. They wet out very very quickly, and the aftermarket spray-on/wash-in treatments don't seem to last long on this fabric for some reason (I don't they don't last long anyway, but even more so on these pants). I will definitely not be buying another pair of Marmot pants.
see about Outdoor Research OR, they really make very good stuff reasonably priced. Salomon, Bonfire, (same company) too Mtn Hardware is decent. I think Sierra had some decent Sali pants for sale recently
if they are leaking, send them back to Arc' and they will either repair or replace, or if not covered, the charge to recondition is usually very reasonable.
Don't know how they're supposed to work, but my comment about not breathing well is referring to *before* they wet-out. Obviously nothing breathes well once the outside fabric is soaked.
Sign up to get emails from Sierra Trading Post. Every couple of days you'll get an email with a %-off coupon. Shop and be patient...I just picked up a pair of SunIce Gore-Tex pants with thin fleece lining for under $100. They seem pretty well-made and solid.
I will say I don't really shop at STp anymore, their shipping is way too expensive (and based on dollars spent not on weight or distance shipped) and their shipping is way too slow. I also have had a few too many times where the product wasn't as advertised and I had to pay to return. My last purchase was some toe heater packs which came in with an expiration date of January.... nice if you live in the southern hemisphere but not so useful here......