Quick unscientific survey: Wondering what the Bears think of the current waterproof/breathable 'systems' on the market today and which ones rate the best in your book. There seems to be two main approaches: one is the membrane approach that adds a layer of waterproof/breathable fabric, such as GoreTex, under the outer layer of the garment; the other is to treat the inside of the fabric with a coating that makes the fabric waterproof/breathable, such as Columbia'a Tech coats. So, North Face w/GoreTex? Marmot w/GoreTex or Marmot with their own version of GoreTex? Or one of the many coated versions out there - North Face, Heilly Hanson, Columbia, etc. Which one keeps you driest, yet lets the moisture escape?
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2/12/02 at 9:17am