Thoughts on Windproof vs Waterproof

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Thoughts on Windproof vs Waterproof

Postby booktownman » Fri Oct 05, 2012 11:16 am

So the weather's turned and the hill's in clag. I need some new outerwear - thing is do I go for a decent full waterproof (looking at the new Altura Mayhem) or a super light pack-in-the-pocket windproof like the Montane Featherlight?

Your thoughts, opinions and experiences would be much appreciated.



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Re: Thoughts on Windproof vs Waterproof

Postby lostboysaint » Fri Oct 05, 2012 11:18 am

Favoured winter wear for me is the DHB Sync. Waterproof, windproof, crash resistant (well tested!). Generally been very breathable (depending on the layering underneath it) and very easy to clean up after a mucky ride.
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Re: Thoughts on Windproof vs Waterproof

Postby The Northern Monkey » Fri Oct 05, 2012 11:39 am

waterproof would be better in the rain...

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Re: Thoughts on Windproof vs Waterproof

Postby prawny » Fri Oct 05, 2012 11:49 am

Windproof for me MTBing. I generate too much heat and there's not enough breeze to cool me down.

On the road I only break out the waterproof when it's cold and bucketing down. A decent windproof will see you through most of the winter. In fact my depths of winter windproof jacket was from Aldi :lol:
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Re: Thoughts on Windproof vs Waterproof

Postby GrenW » Fri Oct 05, 2012 12:06 pm

Gore Windstopper and a Montane Singletrack for emergencies. The Windstopper keeps off the drizzle whilst not cooking me from inside and the 'waterproof' is good enough to get me home if it gets much worse.

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Re: Thoughts on Windproof vs Waterproof

Postby bjj.andy.w » Fri Oct 05, 2012 14:23 pm

For me it depends on the season. Summer I always take a paramo windproof. The temps never get that low even if it's raining. However during winter if it's raining I change to a paramo Quito waterproof. Being on top of hellvelyn with a mechcanical being wet and cold would be no fun at all and could possibly be dangerous.
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Re: Thoughts on Windproof vs Waterproof

Postby ilovedirt » Sat Oct 06, 2012 01:07 am

I'd rather be warm than dry, my current jacket is waterproof, but water still finds its way in, however I tend to stay warm, thanks to it being windproof. It's a must when you're riding out in really open hills like I tend to.
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Re: Thoughts on Windproof vs Waterproof

Postby warpcow » Sat Oct 06, 2012 07:47 am

I'm with Prawny and ilovedirt. I just run too hot for waterproofs. Other layers help maintain warmth.

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