Artex 2.5 layer fabrics, a charcoal or cellulose raised print on the membrane takes the place of a lining. The printed “half” layer serves the same purpose as a laminated liner (lifts membrane from skin, protects from abrasion, oils and damage) but allows for a super compact and lightweight jacket. The print has wicking properties that pulls moisture from the surface of your skin so it can easily pass through the membrane
3 layer fabrics have a laminated tricot liner offers increased protection of the membrane and drier feel on the skin while cutting down the bulk of traditional 2 layer fabrics that have hanging liners. The extra protection allows for a thinner membrane with a higher concentration of pores and therefore a more breathable, durable garment.
Durable Water Repellent (DWR) is a hydrophobic water resistant coating that is applied to the outer material to help water droplets ball up and roll easily off the jacket.
Without the DWR finish water droplets would begin to saturate the face fabric, making it feel heavy and decreasing the waterproofness and breathability of the garment. If your jacket seems to be absorbing water (droplets do not roll off) it is important to reapply a coating of DWR. We recommend Nikwax TX Direct.
To give the convenience of zippered pockets and vents while maintaining our All Elements Covered waterproof promise, some Showers Pass jackets are equipped with water resistant zippers. Zipper “garages” protect the critical junction where the sliders rest at the top of the track.
When sewing together pieces of waterproof-breathable fabric, needle holes become potential points of entry for water droplets. Seam tape is a waterproof adhesive that is applied to the seams, keeping you dry.