In some of our previous reviews and selections you will find a considerable number of jackets by The North Face and even in some of our most recent pieces on fabric technologies, The North Face’s very own DryVent is included.
For those unfamiliar with DryVent, it is a breathable and weatherproof fabric technology, which is also quite durable and wears very well.
It is made as a multi-layer membrane, which allows air and moisture permeability, while preventing the elements from getting inside the jacket.
Jackets that are made of DryVent work great for those living in areas where the weather is unpredictable, as they protect against rain or snow, while also remaining breathable so that you won’t overheat should the temperatures rise unexpectedly.
For this selection, we have picked 8 jackets that utilize DryVent to keep them shielded from the weather, however not all 8 are from The North Face, as you will see.
There are two options from Timberland, a well-known brand, which has collaborated with The North Face into launching a jacket collection, two of designs of which will be included here, so let’s take a look.
Winter jackets are not the focus of most people during this time of year, mostly for those up here in the northern hemisphere, where temperatures are quite high. But it has never stopped us from writing about jackets and looking into the trends and most popular items to show to you.
A type of jacket that we have not really looked into, aside from a couple of selections and mentions here and there, is the 3-in-1 jacket. This type of jacket is considered to be quite versatile due to it being able to adapt to different weather conditions.
How does a 3-in-1 jacket do this? And, what is a 3-in-1 jacket?
Well, to put it shortly, a 3-in-1 jacket is made up of two separate jackets, which can be either worn alone or put together to form a single jacket.
It looks like a great design idea, which will completely eliminate the need of having to buy several jackets, when this one does it all. However, there is something to consider in regards to that, as we will see further down below.
A couple more things that we will be looking into is certain types of 3-in-1 jackets and how they work, as well as answer the question of whether this type of jacket is necessary and also when it should be worn.
When it’s time to buy a new jacket, online shopping has now become the most common way to go about it. With so many options available, information that is accessible in just a few seconds, the reasons for online shopping becoming so popular are quite self-explanatory.
So the time has come for you, too, and now you are looking for a jacket that will not only keep you warm, but that it will keep you dry as well. After all, an all-purpose jacket, which can be worn in rain and shine, would undoubtedly be the best option.
The search for “waterproof jacket” will yield hundreds, if not thousands, of results. Numerous jackets to pick from, each made of different fabrics and some mentioning water column and even special membranes.
We understand very well that it tends to get a little bit confusing, especially if you have no prior experience with buying waterproof jackets.
We will explain all of that simply, before we get into today’s selection and guide.
In some of our recent comparisons we have focused on the different types of fabric technologies that are most commonly used in making jackets. We have looked at Gore-Tex, DryVent, OutDry and similar others.
As you know, most jackets are made mainly of two particular materials, which are Polyamide and Polyester.
Today we will focus on these two fabrics and take an in-depth look at their composition, their performance and how (and why!) they are used in different jackets.
Let’s first start with each separately, Polyamide being the first.
When waterproof jackets are mentioned online, Gore-Tex is bound to make an appearance. Known as the waterproof fabric technology, which is also highly breathable as opposed to other waterproof fabrics, which lack in this regard, Gore-Tex has become a household name over the years.
Men and women all over the world, who are looking for high-performance jackets that can withstand unstable weather and extensive physical activity, will definitely be directed towards Gore-Tex by those that have tried jackets made from it. And that is understandable, of course.
However some would argue that Gore-Tex is not the “be all, end all” of waterproof fabrics.
This is what brings us to today’s selection, where we went on a search for some great alternatives to Gore-Tex, so that you can have different options and make the right decision when looking for a new jacket.
We have previously looked at two Gore-Tex alternatives, which are DryVent by The North Face and OutDry, used by Columbia, none of which will be included as we would like to look at some different alternatives.
We will structure this selection a bit differently, as we will be looking at fabrics as well as jackets. For this, we will first take a look at the Gore-Tex alternative fabric and then at the jacket we have chosen to represent the fabric.
Searching and reading about fabric technologies can be quite a learning experience, as you not only know exactly what goes on when a certain jacket’s materials are listed, but you also know what to look for when shopping for jackets.
In some of our previous reviews and selections we have mentioned several fabric technologies, some of which are quite famous and most of those who spend lots of times outdoors already know about them.
Several weeks ago we did do a comparison review between Gore-Tex® and DryVent™, a fabric developed by The North Face.
As you already know by the title, today we will once again take a look at Gore-Tex® and see how it compares to another fabric technology, which is OutDry™.
Before we get any further, there is something that needs some clarifying. There are two OutDry results that come up if you were to look for it online. One is OutDry® and the other is OutDry Extreme by Columbia.
Everything will be explained below as to why that is and what you should know about each, so let’s get down to it.
Here we are back again at another selection of brands that have one main thing in common: they were founded in the same country.
After we took a quick tour through some Scandinavian brands from Denmark, Norway and Sweden, now it’s time for some German brands.
If there is one thing Germany is most renowned for, is its hardworking people and the quality of anything they present to the world. Some of the best worldwide brands were founded in Germany and we have chosen several of them for today’s selection.
We have picked 8 brands, with the main focus being on sportswear and jackets, as per usual. We are certain you will recognize most of these, or maybe even all of them, as they are quite reputable not only within Germany, but internationally as well.
Let’s get started right away!