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    Water-Resistant vs. Waterproof Jackets

    Water-Resistant vs. Waterproof Jackets

    Fabric that is water-resistant is engineered to repel water, and doesn’t necessarily form an impenetrable barrier between your body and outside moisture. Waterproof rain jackets, on the other hand, are either impenetrable or near-impenetrable barriers against outside moisture. There are many advantages to both waterproof and water-resistant jackets, and deciding which is right for you and your squad will depend on a number of factors, such as what you’ll be using them for and what climate you’ll be competing in. Read on as we break down the differences between water-resistant and waterproof apparel.

    Fabric that is water-resistant is engineered to repel water, and doesn’t necessarily form an impenetrable barrier between your body and outside moisture. Waterproof rain jackets, on the other hand, are either impenetrable or near-impenetrable barriers against outside moisture. There are many advantages to both waterproof and water-resistant jackets, and deciding which is right for you and your squad will depend on a number of factors, such as what you’ll be using them for and what climate you’ll be competing in. Read on as we break down the differences between water-resistant and waterproof apparel.

    Water-Resistant Jackets 

    Usually, this is a porous fabric that's covered with a durable water resistant (DWR) coating. This DWR layer repels moisture. In light rain, it will cause water droplets to ball up and run off your jacket instead of getting absorbed into the fabric. Though protection against rain and snow isn't as good as with a waterproof jacket, water-resistant garments are usually more breathable, weigh less, and are available at a more affordable price point.

    Waterproof Jackets 

    Non-porous materials like rubber or plastic are completely waterproof but also offer very limited breathability. Apparel made from multiple layers of synthetic membranes coated with DWR, like GORE-TEX waterproof rain jackets, solves this problem by using the latest in fabric technology to create clothing that is nearly 100% waterproof and still offers a good amount of breathability. Expect to pay more for waterproof apparel that is also breathable.

    In addition to this high-tech fabric, waterproof apparel also has taped or welded seams. This prevents water from leaking in at the garment’s weak points.

    What Makes Sense for Me?

    If you’re planning on spending a lot of time outdoors in less than perfect weather conditions, you probably want to invest in a waterproof jacket. Hikers, campers, athletes who train every day, rain or shine, and people who work outdoors or live in very rainy climates will definitely benefit from a fully waterproof jacket.

    If you occasionally jog, train, or work out in light rain or misty conditions, apparel like water-resistant tracksuit jackets from Boathouse.com’s Tempo collection will help you stay dry and comfortable.

    Both water-resistant and waterproof jackets make excellent outer shells when worn on top of a hoodie or fleece, and can be easily rolled up and tucked into your gym bag or backpack.

    Quality Is Key When It Comes to Water-Resistant and Waterproof Rain Jackets 

    Whether you choose a lightweight water-resistant jacket, or one that’s fully waterproof, you'll find that quality manufacturing makes a huge difference when it comes to effectiveness and performance. Boathouse.com manufactures all of our apparel right here in Philadelphia, PA. Handcrafted and made from cutting-edge fabrics, our water-resistant and waterproof clothing is engineered to meet the needs and expectations of today’s elite athletes. We offer full customization options on a variety of activewear, including many water-resistant and waterproof designs, which makes us a popular supplier of team apparel for many NCAA Division I programs, as well as smaller schools and club teams. Place your order today and enjoy industry-best turnaround times on all custom apparel.

    What is a GORE-TEX Jacket?

    What is a GORE-TEX Jacket?

    GORE-TEX. It’s a word you’ve undoubtedly heard if you’ve ever shopped for performance outerwear. But what exactly is this high-tech fabric, and why are GORE-TEX jackets so popular with outdoor athletes? Read on and learn what makes GORE-TEX rain jackets so popular. We’ll try to explain what makes this material so effective at blocking water, without going too deep into the impressive science at work behind the scenes.

    A Space-Age Fabric for the Modern Athlete 

    Waterproof materials like plastic and rubber have been around for decades, or even centuries, but they have one major drawback: they aren’t breathable at all. GORE-TEX, on the other hand, is both waterproof and breathable. Made from stretched polymers, GORE-TEX has microscopic pores. They are small enough to prevent water droplets from getting in, but large enough to allow for water vapor and air to pass out. Usually, this polymer membrane is paired with additional layers, including a polyester or nylon outer layer that provides durability, as well as inner layers that provide added warmth and softness as needed.

    The outer layer usually features an additional durable water-resistant (DWR) coating that prevents water from being absorbed. GORE-TEX waterproof jackets also have either taped or welded seams to prevent water from leaking where pieces of fabric are joined together, as well as flapped zippers.

    Great Apparel for Bad Weather 

    The result is apparel that will allow you to vent body heat while still protecting you from rain and snow. This makes GORE-TEX a fabric popular with athletes who train every day regardless of weather, hikers and campers who trek into areas with unpredictable weather patterns, and anyone who lives in a place that experiences rain or snow.

    Whether you’re stretching out before a match on a damp fall day, or running errands around town during a rainstorm, you’ll find jackets made from GORE-TEX are an effective barrier against wetness, and still remarkably comfortable to wear.

    Choose Boathouse’s Premium Men’s GORE-TEX Jackets 

    Licensed to produce GORE-TEX fabric, Boathouse.com brings decades of experience with handcrafted manufacturing to make sure all of our waterproof jackets meet the highest standards for fit, function, and looks. Men’s GORE-TEX jackets are available with Sport Fleece™ or Weatherblock™ lining, depending on how much warmth you require. Breathable, yet windproof, they also feature rollaway hoods for extra protection.

    Find Women’s GORE-TEX Jackets at Boathouse (H2) Looking for a design that’s tailored for a woman’s body? Women’s GORE-TEX jackets from Boathouse.com are crafted with your body in mind. They provide extra space where you need it, yet feature a non-bulky, athletic fit. Like the men’s designs, they are completely waterproof, windproof, breathable, and feature zipper flaps and sealed seams.

    Explore Customizable Options 

    If you’re looking for excellent waterproof clothing for your squad, you’ve come to the right place.

    A proud supplier of NCAA athletic programs, Boathouse.com offers many customization options on GORE-TEX jackets and pants. Since we make our apparel in Philadelphia, we can offer some of the shortest turnaround times in the industry for all custom orders. Start off your season with championship-level apparel from Boathouse.com.