Waterproof Jackets and Liners – and my problem with them

Just to be clear this post is not meant to be a thrashing of any product. It is just an opinion on dealing with wet conditions that I have formed based on my own travel experiences (riding through multiple 8 hour+ storms). It is also an explanation for why we don’t have a waterproof liner as standard on the new Power Shell and Navigator suits.

 

For the most part, there are three common implementations of waterproofing:

  • A removable waterproof liner that zips inside the jacket
  • A built-in non removable liner (usually sandwiched between the outer shell and inner mesh lining)
  • A waterproof membrane fused to the protective shell fabric

All three implementations are inherently flawed.

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