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.
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.
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.