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GORE-TEX® fabric of deceipt

Posted Mar 08 2011 12:00am

Super hiker Andrew Skurka:

Least favorite gear piece.

Waterproof/breathable fabrics are not very waterproof, at least in real-world conditions. And they’re not very breathable, either. Unfortunately, the alternatives aren’t any better: Waterproof/non-breathable fabrics cause excessive sweating; a wind-shell with more clothing is not as warm; and ponchos and umbrellas are not good in wind or when bushwhacking.

on Gear Junkie

I’m shopping for a new “Gortex” shell.

Seems to me any of the light weight $100 shells are equally good. Equally water resistant.

Disabuse me in the comments if I’m wrong.

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