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Old 12-12-2004, 12:02 PM   #1
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Gore-Tex vs. HyVent vs. Omni-Tech

Hey Fellas (and Felines?),

My question for the day: What's the best material you've personally experienced for snowbound activites? I'm looking for a new snowboarding jacket and can't decide b/w all the technologies today. Here's what I'm considering as of now...

1. Gore-Tex (the Legend)
2. HyVent (North Face's attempt to be Chinese and imitate Gore-Tex for less)
3. Omni-Tech (Colombia's version that sounds cool cuz they put it on their "Titanium" series jackets, but they confuse me when they label some jackets with both Omni-Tech and Gore-Tex... wtf?)

They all pitch water-proofness/resistance, breathability, and windstopping power... I'm leaning towards Gore-Tex at the moment, but cuz of the $$$ wanna here what you guys have to say, if anything... Thx.
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Old 12-12-2004, 07:51 PM   #2
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ive always used gore tex! ive havent had any problems as of yet
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Old 12-12-2004, 08:16 PM   #3
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Find the new Burton catalog and pick out anything. The AK series is without a doubt some of the best gear. I just got the AK softshell and couldnt be happier. I have been really into The North Face and Patagonia. And in the past few years Burton gear has gotten so badass that its hard to beat. It is even priced to be more affordable than the premium counterparts. I used to live in MT and really had to pay attention to the details. So this is all in my humble opinion.

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Old 12-12-2004, 08:19 PM   #4
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Gore-tex only way to go.
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Old 12-12-2004, 09:54 PM   #5
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I feel as though I am, by far, the most qualified to speak on this subject since I live in Minnesota...

There is really no substitute for Gore-Tex.
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gore tex, no doubt bro
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Old 12-12-2004, 10:04 PM   #7
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Gore-tex only way to go.
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well, it did sound kind of gay. but the bro is from socal, so i thought maybe the cold weather expirence was appriecated.
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I work in the snowboard industry... and am very familiar with softgoods and textiles.
Here the dl-
Gore Tex is a company, and they have done a great job of branding. They are synonmous with waterproof breathable technology.
HOWEVER,
other companies have offerings that are comprable... What is relevant is the applicable waterproof breathable rating. Gore Tex laminate is 20,000/20,000. Thhe highest rating in general terms. Other companies make laminates e.g. Toray, Dermizax et al that are very good.

The best shit out there is Gore Tex XCR. Same waterproofness but the breathibility is on some next shit

Also all Burton high end pieces with proprietary storm lite laminates, or Gore Tex have a lifetime warranty. XCR is the shit and is know as soft shell... that explanation is for another class.

Volcom actually has good shit, Arcteryx is THE BEST, but has a more alpineering cut and sew. Burton AK is good but always check the waterproof breathable rating....

class is out- go ride!!
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Thx guys ... exactly what i wanted to hear ...

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Btw... nice avatar...
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well, it did sound kind of gay. but the bro is from socal, so i thought maybe the cold weather expirence was appriecated.
Yup, life's tuff here... we bust out sweaters and parkas when it drops down to 65 degrees here in So. Cal (64 degrees with wind-chill factor). I usually ride up in Mammoth so a 10,000 rating on my gear usually works ... but i'm headin' to Park City in February and figured i might as well get myself a nice X-Mas gift that'll last a few winters and cut down on the layering a bit...
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