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10,000mm breathability enough?

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For a guy pushing 100 days of skiing this year, I may be the most poorly equipped guy on the mountain other than my skis and boots. I hav an old hardly waterproofed pair of pants that are being held together by duck tape, although they have become a point of pride for me I finally decided enough is enough. I bought a pair of 20,000mm water proof 10,0000mm breathability patagonia pants for 100 bucks. Seemed like a hell of a deal, but I am concerned that the breathability rating may not be high enough. 

 

Do you notice a difference when hiking or really skiing hard between 10 and 20? Thanks for the helps guys

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I have read that the breathability ratings really don't mean much if anything. If you are concerned about breathability then it is probably more important that the pants have zippered vents that you can open to really create some breathability.

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Originally Posted by TallSkinnyGuy View Post

I have read that the breathability ratings really don't mean much if anything. If you are concerned about breathability then it is probably more important that the pants have zippered vents that you can open to really create some breathability.


Yep. I have some 15,000- and some 5,000-rated pants, and I don't notice any difference at all. The vents are the real deal, though. They do make a difference.

post #4 of 7

Breathability will only get you so far.  What happens when you run in nylon track shorts and a singlet? You get soaked with sweat.  As far as I'm concerned waterproof/ breathability means I won't get wet just sitting there.

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Hi

I think it varies from people to people and weather conditions, if you dont overheat, you will feel much less

I think 10000/10000 is usually plenty but I have a Mountain Hardwear snowtastic pants (rated 30000?) and for me its very noticeable the diference.
 

post #6 of 7

Higher the breathability rating - more wind going thru. With 10K Arcteryx pants I had to buy windstop underware shorts to protect you know what. It was getting way too breeze and cold down there while skiing even at 20-30degrees...

post #7 of 7
Ratings don't mean squat- because they are derived from tests that poorly reflect the actual membrane environment during skiing. If you tell us what membrane is in your pants- that would be more informative. If this is Patagonia, both GoreTex and their H2No laminates are very good. eVent has better breath ability, but Patagonia is not using it. For that you need to go to Westcomb.
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