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Four Things to Know About Rainwear Fabrics
DWR causes precipitation to bead up and roll off. When the water stops beading up or when you get cold spots in your jacket or pants, you have to re-apply the DWR coating.
These membranes don’t really wear out, but they do get clogged with debris and oil from our skin and become less breathable. Regular washing, and reapplying DWR when necessary, will help it last longer.
4. Breaking Down the Layers
2-layer is the most casual type of rainwear.
It binds a breathable waterproof membrane to the underside of a garment. There’s a loose-hanging liner on the inside to protect it.
Sounds weird, right? How can you have half a layer? This rainwear starts the same as 2L and 3L with a waterproof breathable membrane fused to the underside of fabric.
But there’s also a thin veneer applied to protect the membrane - that’s the half layer. Usually they’re more affordable than 2L or 3L, but can be less breathable.
Mostly found in performance apparel, 3-layers are the most expensive.
It starts the same as a 2-layer, where a membrane is bound to the underside of fabric. On top of that, another layer is bound to the membrane to protect it. This creates one functional piece of fabric that’s very lightweight.