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Hello you could spend a few bucks or a few hundred on. Staying dry what's the difference I have excised the waterproof membranes from eight popular jackets and cheapest was 50 bucks and the dearest was hacked from a thousand dollar garment but tears of my eyes oh well isolating just the waterproof bit gives the truest brand comparison gore-tex hypertech's Hydra Tech's they'll protect using the same effect say water droplets are this. Big and my sweaty vapor molecules look more like that then you make a micro porous structure like this usually out of expanded polypropylene but unless you're a chemistry teacher at marketing hack who cares all that really matters is that water can't fit. In but body heat can get out mm-hmm how can we test that well waterproofness is usually quantified in millimeters which means precisely dick because the millimeter is a unit of length I checked what manufacturers are trying to say is that if you take a one-inch square tube and put it on top of the. Membrane and then fill that tube with water up to a certain height let's say 1500 millimeters and then watch it. And if nothing drips through over the next 24 hours I can. Call this a 1500 mil jacket which is the minimum requirement of a waterproof garment by the way warning manufacturers will try to trick you by describing something is 2l waterproof or 2.5 l or 3 L because we presume this refers to the. Volume of water and 3 litres would be about 46 50 millimeters on a one inch tube hydrostatic head test well that's pretty good wrong 2l is shorthand for two layer it means nothing about how waterproof it is just that you get your membrane plus. Some face fabric that gets laminated on top usually this is something only a phobic and durable because there almond oil or scratches degrading our waterproof bit 2.5 l just means that you have some. Lattice pattern on the back of the membrane so it doesn't rub your skin completely raw and 3 l upgrades to a full extra layer of comfort fabric stuck to the bottom so the trick for motorcyclists is to never be up sold on this third layer our jackets have mesh armor thermal lining so that rarely touches the. Skin anyway now companies like gore-tex claim 28,000 millimetres waterproofness that's like a 92 foot tube on the hydrostatic head test but no need for equipment envy gentlemen there is a more modest yet equally phallic alternative a pipe bomb I mean scientific. Apparatus is partially filled with water the test membrane is clamped to the bottom between rubber rings at the top we introduce pressure via the valve from my old tire a man of average mass with an average ass exerts about five psi on your average surface area and motorcycle. Seat but if he kneels on wet ground well that's like 15 psi Gortex cries mercy at 30 psi it's also the only membrane guaranteed to keep you drive so long as is undamaged within reasonable lifespan and used for a reasonable purpose the WL Gore corporation replaces repairs or refunds any garment that pisses the bed they can afford to. Do this because gore-tex is so extensively expensively tested frog togs is the poorest jacket on our list this dry poor gen2 membrane cost me 50 bucks but it's also the only one with his rich or reputation as gore-tex for 23 years for OGG tox has eschewed normal face fabrics preferring to stamp their membrane with. Nonwoven polypropylene feels exactly like a surgical mask like a. Coffee filter like something that should not withstand up to 18 psi but it does now we're moving into motorcycle-specific membranes we have a dry star Alpinestars homebrew d-dry belongs to Daisy and Revis equivalent is called hydrate X any of these will skimp. About 200 bucks off a gore-tex equivalent but they're not necessarily worse see WL Gore is a control freak if I want to make a gore-tex garment I've got a bottle licensed by the material make the jacket using gore-tex as mandated seam taping then send the whole garment. Off to be certified to Gore Texas standards in its final form that process is expensive and all some brands Alpinestars are ever done easy they do shell out to get the big beautiful sticker on their highest end gear well their middle. Price stuff can be made a lot cheaper and theoretically just as well with in-house membranes speaking of Alpinestars dry star leaks at a premature seven ish psi Big D boasts of greater stamina right in there Deidre membrane at 30,000 millimeters. That'd be 42 psi and change enough to rival gore-tex and oh dear little d2 plates of 25 psi that was my fear with this membrane Deidre feels so thin and weak it's hard to get water weeping through. Before complete structural failure like a water balloon we were careful not to Nick or scratch the fabric while planting Lee tried multiple times but it always burst at 25 psi maybe in a lab you could squeeze through the 40-some PS either they claim or maybe. Not Revit puts their best foot forward with a three-layer flavor of Hydra Tex called Z liner it wets our blotting paper at an identical 25 psi lastly we test the cheap bastard Bosch aqua res from Olympia. Dry o spear from Scott and rain guard which is shared by the Bransfield shear and tourmaster all these membranes play in the rock bottom bargain bet immediately rain guard soils itself and the so called waterproof barrier becomes a sieve at such low psi my gauge won't read it let's call that less than. Three Scott's dry o sphere membrane weeps at a legitimate 12 psi and Olympia well they love to make waterproof liners that can. Also be worn as standalone jackets so they're aqua rez membrane usually has full face and. Comfort laminates being a rather beefy for a budget liner and withstanding a respectable 15 psi what did we learn gore-tex is vindicated as the driest option rivet and dine AZ are also great places to look if you're low on cash frog togs offers the best defense for your dollar wait waterproofness is nothing by itself I. Mean hell once. Ank garbage bags are impermeable the trick is to make something hold water but not vapor so we need to test breathability molecular beer-pong each cup is filled with 50 grams of silica desiccant the membranes are stretched taut and stuck to the lip of a cup after that we pour hot water into this central reservoir to approximate your sweaty. Body we want vapor molecules to travel through the membranes and into the cup because that means soggy motorcyclists would be able to vent moisture while wearing these jackets exactly how much vapor gets through each membrane will be determined by our desiccant which becomes greener and heavier the more vapor it absorbs this is actually very close to the standard. They use to write breathable garments grams of water absorbs per square meter of fabric per day you may see these units while shopping so goody-goody we know what they mean I won't bother converting our results into standard units mind you we can't recreate a standardized atmosphere. In this literal garbage bin lab so it wouldn't be terribly meaningful now it's been four hours let's take a look gore-tex is the most expensive around 200 bucks for the membrane alone but it only breathed 3 grams I expect. Better frog togs gained a single gram in vapor that's poor Alpinestars was second to last in waterproofing so karma says it should at least breathe well yep five grams worth that nazy was. Second to first in waterproofness but Wow it also floats six grams of vapor that's incredible Revit was similarly waterproof although it appears much less breathable only one gram from the cheapo section Scot is the real shocker at eight grams enough. To win this contest Olympia puffed a middling three grams and filled sheer. Yet again achieved results too miniscule for my equipment to detect alas we. Have learned something eight waterproof options scored by waterproofness and breathability the best all-around option is done a zis D Drive gore-tex. Is still king of keeping water out. And Scott is the brand to shop if you prioritize venting moisture from the inside frog togs still make. Sense considering how cheap it is but otherwise I'd avoid the bottom half of this list thank you very. Much for watching like a good Canadian I shall apologize for not mentioning seams the welded and tape joints. Are potential leak points they fail with wear and tear and that. Could be a whole other test video until.

 


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