I've had a Red Ledge Thunderlight Parka and Pants in the past that have used a waterproof coating:
I've also used REI Elements stuff with a coating as well.
The problem with these coatings is that eventually they all began to peel off. Well, maybe it wasn't the coating, but it was a thin layer of silicone-like stuff on the side of the fabric facing your body. Give it a year or two and there will be considerable peeling. I'm also going to guess that washing them would make the coatings come off *faster* right? Whereas membranes actually require consistent washing to perform at their peak.
So now I'm scared to buy into any clothing that purports to use coatings:
Any kind of HyVent other than the Alpha, Marmot Precip, Patagonia H2NO, Pertex Shield +, Columbia Omnishield
Any comments and experiences?
Should I stick to Pertex, GoreTex, DryQ Elite, HyVent Alpha, Spyder XT.L, and eVent membranes?
Edited by fuzzybabybunny - 1/26/15 at 5:28pm