We are on the topic of fabric technologies, once again. Learning more about fabric technologies is an important step in better understanding how a jacket will perform. It’s also useful knowledge when it comes to buying a new jacket, as you will know exactly what to look for, by knowing what you expect from your jacket and what fabric fulfills your requirements best.
In our previous comparisons on different fabric technologies, Gore-Tex has been used as the point of reference, to which we compared the newcomer fabrics. In this comparison, we will be doing the same thing, by comparing Gore-Tex to Omni-Tech.
The main purpose of these comparisons is to help you get a better understanding of what the technicalities mean and how the fabrics actually measure up to each other, the end point of which being to determine which would be the better option.
We chose Omni-Tech as it is considered a good alternative to Gore-Tex, especially so for its price. If there is one thing Gore-Tex has, that all other fabric technologies beat, is its price, which is why a lot of people shy away from jackets made of it.
So what’s one to do if a quality jacket that withstands weather conditions, but can also breathe, is required? Turn to alternatives, of course.
Let’s take a look.
Jacket season is quickly approaching as we enter the month of August. Today we will be looking at a selection of some beautiful jackets for you to wear this Fall and Winter, and have a great time outdoors.
The brand we have chosen today is a newcomer, Rab. This brand was established in 1981 in Sheffield, UK, as a manufacturer of sleeping bags. Later, their product range expanded and their products quickly gained a reputation, making them a favorite among outdoor adventurers, especially climbers.
The jackets we have chosen today are a mix of options for men and women, made of the finest materials and great craftsmanship.
For this week’s single review we will be looking at Argyle, a winter parka by Craghoppers. We have looked at this jacket before in one of our selections on men’s jacket by this brand.
A short brand introduction is in order, as it will also help us have a better grasp at how the selected jacket came to be.
Craghoppers was founded in Batley, West Yorkshire in 1965. It was the first brand in the UK to use nylon in their products and continuously tried out different fabrics and designs in order to come up with products that the owners thought were lacking in the markets.
Craghoppers was later approached by the Everest expedition team of 1975, which increased the reputation and sales of the brand tremendously. For the past 50 years, this brand has managed to remain a very reputable brand in the UK for outdoor clothing.
Now it’s time to turn our attention to the jacket at hand, Argyle, and take a more detailed look as to when to wear the jacket, its design, the fabric and materials used in making it and lastly, user reviews by those who have first hand experience wearing and trying out this jacket.
In these past few weeks we have taken an interest in waterproof fabric technologies and because of that we have looked at several of the top-quality options that are available today.
Gore-Tex®, being the staple of waterproof and breathable fabric technologies, has been the reference point in our comparisons of different fabrics and how they perform.
We have also seen different fabric technologies that are great alternatives to Gore-Tex, some of them being also a lot more affordable and today it’s time to look at one of those alternatives: Pertex®.
As per usual, we will first get started with the newcomer, in this case Pertex, and then move on to Gore-Tex and see how the two compare, while ultimately deciding which one is better.
For today’s single review we have once again picked a jacket that was previously featured in one of our selections. As you saw in the title, it is the Military Tactical jacket by TACVASEN.
We chose this jacket because it has considerably good ratings on Amazon and because the design really caught our eye last year. Another added plus for this design is its very affordable price. And it is a softshell jacket, nonetheless!
From what we could gather, TACVASEN manufactures its products in China, hence the very affordable price.
Now, what we are interested in is to see how this price translates to the quality of this jacket and its performance, so let’s get started right away.
Jackets for kids are not a topic that we look at often and because of that, we will try to remedy it as best as we can. For this reason, today we will be looking at a selection of 7 cheap kids’ jackets by The North Face.
By cheap we are referring to the price being accessible, so that you won’t have to break the bank this winter, to keep your little ones warm and protected.
While the brand itself is not usually on the affordable price range, these jackets for kids that we found are quite affordable, considering the quality and performance.
Options for both girls and boys are included, as well as unisex ones, as you will see.
In the previous week we took a look at two of the most frequently used fabrics in jackets, which are polyester and polyamide, or nylon as it is more commonly known.
We looked at each separately and also how they compared to each other, while considering the factors that would make each of them the better choice for certain jackets.
Today, the same thing will be done, however with two different materials: leather and polyurethane, or more precisely real leather and polyurethane leather.
These fabrics are most commonly used in shoes, but also in other garments, such as jackets, pants, leggings, bags and accessories like belts or bracelets.
The reason for looking at these two types of materials is because they are alternatives to each other. What we mean by that is that either can be used on the same exact product and the difference will be very difficult to tell.
The reason for this is Polyurethane (PU), which is a material that acts and feels like leather. So much so that there are numerous guides all over the web on how to tell the difference between the two, as sometimes it can be incredibly hard to tell them apart, especially with high quality PU leather.
Now it’s time to take a look ourselves at the differences and similarities between the two, as well as on how they are used for jackets.