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Snowproof vs Waterproof

What are the Differences Between Snowproof and Waterproof?

Have you ever wondered what differentiates snowproof clothing from regular waterproof clothing? A common misconception is that the terms ‘snowproof’ and ‘waterproof’ are interchangeable, but there are indeed differences between the two. The garment construction is completely different, snowproof clothing tends to be showerproof or water resistant rather than fully waterproof and is designed for warmth rather than wet.

A waterproof garment will be made from a waterproof fabric with a technical membrane lining that has been through the best of testing and treated with durable water repellence (DWR) coating as well as fully taped seams. Taped seams prevent water from leaking through the stitches in the clothing, keeping you dry and comfortable throughout the day. Snowproof garments on the other hand, do not tend to feature taped seams.

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Snowproof

If the product features ‘water resistant’ or ‘water repellent’, it means that it repels water when it comes directly in contact with it. Water beads will sit on the fabric’s surface and will run off with ease which is a great option in light rain or Scots mist (as we call it). The technical term for water beads is called ‘hydrophobic’. Water resistant is the lowest level of protection whereas water repellent will resist the water beads for longer so we would keep that in mind for when you’re in both minds. I guess it really just depends on the amount of rainfall you’re going to endure – that’s where waterproof comes in.

A lot of our softshell jackets tend to be water resistant including Hotham, Bela II and Kian as well as our down jackets. All of which are suitable for snow days!

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Hotham £42.99
Bela II £119.99
Kian £49.99

Waterproof

Waterproof offers the most protection against water in comparison to water resistant and water repellent.

Waterproof clothing is a little easier to understand (phew!) it will always state on the product label or description that it is waterproof with a waterproof rating. These normally range from 1500 to 20,000 depending on the particular product and style. Waterproof jackets for example, will have a waterproof coating on the outer fabric with a fully lined membrane for breathability. The lining is a relatively thin sheet of fabric which has a lot of penetrated holes within it to help you feeling fresh and comfortable for longer, especially for humid weather conditions where the rain is still strong.

An Overview:

SnowproofWaterproof
Suitable for light showersSuitable for light, moderate and heavy rain
Fabric has been treated with durable water repellence (DWR)Fabric has been treated with durable water repellence (DWR)
No waterproof fabric membraneWaterproof fabric membrane
Taped seams are limitedFully taped seams
Natural down insulationNo natural down insulation
No waterproof ratingWaterproof rating stated
Snowproof vs Waterproof

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