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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-27-2015, 01:00 PM Thread Starter
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Default New Fabric Tech Could Be Outerwearís Biggest Advance in 40 Years

Thereís a new way to brace yourself against the cold and wet the next time you hit the ski slopes. Itís a material thatís less bulky, more supple, and more comfortable than whatever is in that jacket youíve been wearing the last few winters.

A small Colorado-based company, Voormi, is touting a technology that produces a waterproof, breathable textile with only a single layer of material. It could be the most significant advancement in outdoor clothing since the first Gore-Tex jacket with a waterproof-breathable membrane debuted in the mid-1970s.


http://www.wired.com/2015/02/voormi-core-technology/
http://voormi.com/pages/core-construction-technology/
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Almost sure to be hype.
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Would you say that when Gore-tex was announced?
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30 odd years later, all of the "better than Goretex" hyped fabrics (Lowe Triple point, Patagucci H2No, Entrant, Polartec Alpha, Neoshell, New Coke Gore in various Pro, and Pac versions) have not delivered anything similar, but they have all had claims made for them very similar to this. Hence, long odds of actually something new, high odds of hype.
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I agree the fabrics you mention did not deliver anything better but they also were knockoffs based on the original technology after the patent expired. Their main goal was to pressure W.L. Gore to bring its prices down (I remember Goretex jackets selling for insane prices, like $800+ in the 1990s).

I am not mistaking a Wired article for a serious journalism but the technology seems to hold promise. From what I read the need to laminate the membrane poses serious performance issues. Perhaps that's why the Gore-tex fabric almost never worked for me while on the move.

So I hope they are on to something better.
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It sounds from the article that this fabric isn't really trying to be waterproof, just highly water resistant (i.e. a rain jacket for where it doesn't rain much). The big question is "how waterproof is waterproof enough".

I would be curious to know how this compares to neoshell.
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Looks promising, I want true hydrophobic outer wear, not just water proof.

'never-wet' has a spray, but I have rarely see fabrics with this tech 'built-in'.

youtube.com/ watch?v=BvTkefJHfC0

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I would imagine that clothing that hydrophobic would not be in any way breathable. Also, the linked material also repels hydrocarbons, so you will have a sweaty, oily body at the end of the day.
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