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Goretex vs North Face Hyvent

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Goretex vs North Face Hyvent

 Poster: A snowHead
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hi all,

I'm in the market for some new ski trousers, max budget £100.

From other threads it appears I can get some tog24 Goretex ones for £99 or I've seen some North Face ones for the same price.

TNF ones appear to be made with HyVent™, from the NF website it says "Hyvent™ Technology
The best waterproof/breathable technology without a premium price tag. A polyurethane coating for waterproofness, breathability and durability."

So it appears to have a coating, whereas I understand Goretex to be a membrane.

So which pair do people think will last the longest and keep me waterproof the longest?

My current pair are Columbia with Omnitech, after 3 seasons I get a wet bum on chairlifts and also snow stuck behind my knee when skiing powder melts at lunchtime and give me a cold, wet area behind the knee, as well as it not being as breathable as I'd like in the high back area.

cheers,

greg
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Have you tried reproofing your bottoms? Worked with my ski gear.
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gregh,

I may be wrong, but I "think" TNF also do ski gear in goretex, as well as hyvent. Hyvent is the material they use for their lower priced garmets, so it would suggest that goretex is considered the better material.

Saying that, I have a hy-vent jacket and it works great.
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I expect the fact that TNF don't have to pay licensing fees to gore-tex (or Dupont...) on hyvent items knocks a bit off the price.

Don't know about hyvent specifically but there is certainly more to life than goretex when it comes to waterproof breathable fabrics. I doubt the fact that it's a coating versus a membrane makes too much difference.
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my thinking is that a coating will wear off quicker than a membrane, especially in high wear areas, like back of legs, seat of pants etc.
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doing a bit of digging, reckon it's exactly as Arno says, lack of licensing fees help, seems to read very similiar according to their website

http://www.thenorthface.com/na/technologies/technologies-OU4.html

regards,

greg
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Lowe Alpines Triple Point Ceramic technology works too.
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Scarpa wrote:
Lowe Alpines Triple Point Ceramic technology works too.

I can vouch for that. I was wearing trousers and jacket when I went for my impromptu dip See the "I went swimming" thread in "apres") and the onoly bits that got wet was where water eneter up sleeves etc
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Scarpa wrote:
Lowe Alpines Triple Point Ceramic technology works too.

i read something which said that Triple Point was better than anything else at breathing when the outer surface is wet
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Arno, I have the L A Mountain hat - and boy is that waterproof. But my fave is the Buffalo stuff (pile and pertex). I wear a big face shirt under my gortex when the weather is really bad so waterproofing doesn't much come into it.
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HyVent is fine if the vents are cleverly designed; it doesn't breathe quite as well, IMO. It also appears more tear and shread-resistant than (I use Moonstone and Wild Things) Goretex to miscellaneous crampon attack, it is certainly easier to patch with adhesive patches.

Part of the deciding factor may just be fit: Hy-Vent is fairly generously cut. Whether that has anything to do with licensing fees and how many garments one can lay out on one bolt of cloth I really couldn't say.
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Do Lowe Alpine do salopettes???

The hyvent trousers I tried on seemed very comfortable, and the vent zip seemed a good idea, tempted to get them, unless someone else knows of a better pair for under £100?

Cheers,

Greg
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I have a gor-tex jacket and I love it. It has never truly soaked through. Once or twice it may have gotten a bit damp inside, but it was flooding from the clouds.
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My new Hyvent jacket is great - I have (almost) no damp inside. I do notice that it is damp in the upper back area & I was dissapointed, until I realised the damp area corresponds to my backpack. I asume the backpack, with it's large area of low air circulation is restricting the vapor transfer. Many larger packs have a mesh and spacing system to prevent this.
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lampbus, Yup - The Dueter sack I have has an active pump thing going on inside the spacers (little bit of hype there methinks) but I did notice a dramatic reduction in the sweaty back syndrome with a full winter rack in there. If you wear a pack it's just something you have to live with Sad
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Interesting article here comparing the breathability of various materials. Doesn't give waterproofness details; however, I know for a fact that the Marmot 'membrain' does not keep you dry when you're battling against a combination of horizontal rain and strong winds Sad
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A Random Skier wrote:
I have a gor-tex jacket and I love it. It has never truly soaked through. Once or twice it may have gotten a bit damp inside, but it was flooding from the clouds.


There is a difference between Gore-tex and Gore-tex XCR. You can buy clothing made out of both of these different materials.

Apparently Gore-tex XCR is more flexible and more breathable than conventional Gore-tex.

I have Gore-tex XCR gear which I skied in all day at Whistler last season while it rained and rained and I stayed very dry. Cool

Before that I had a non-gore-tex unspecialised ski jacket which I had to spray with waterproofing more than once a week to try and keep the rain out. However, this jacket always got heavier and heavier as it soaked up the rain. Shocked

It seems that in most ski outer-clothing, you get what you pay for (unless you're buying Prada of course!).

I agree that a waterproof coating will rub off and become gradually less water resistant unlike Gore-tex, but then it doesn't rain in a lot of ski resorts so you don't have to worry about these things. snowHead
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Try out paramo cant recomend them highly enough out preformed my northface XCR jacket by miles and almost half the price
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The North Face 'Summit' series all have Hyvent ALPHA which is like a premium Hyvent and more comparible to Gore-Tex as I understand it
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