Sometimes threatening clouds just hang on the horizon all day. For the days when they move overhead with drenching force, there is the Torrentshell Stretch Jacket. The 2.5-layer, nylon ripstop fabric is durable enough for scrambling and backpacking. The underarm gussets and stretch panels in the lower arms and across the back of the shoulders provide mobility for climbing and mountaineering. All of the zippers are coated and watertight and a generous hood with a laminated visor keeps the rain off your still-smiling face.
- Shell fabric is 2.5 layer, waterproof-breathable ripstop nylon with a Deluge DWR treatment.
- Stretch panels across shoulders and in underarm gussets are 2.5 layer stretch nylon.
- Helmet compatible hood is 2-point adjustable; laminated visor rolls down and stows out of the way.
- Microfleece-lined neck provides comfort and a waterproof-breathable barrier.
- Underarm gussets allow you to reach high without lifting the bottom of the jacket.
- Front zip is watertight and has an internal storm flap.
- Hook-and-loop cuff closures.
- Pockets have watertight coated zippers and zipper garages to protect your skin.
- Venting underarm zips have watertight, coated 2-way zippers.
- Drawcord hem seals out moisture.
Fabric waterproof rating
The standard test for waterproof fabrics uses a standing column filled with water. The figures given are the water column height. A rating of 3,500mm or higher can be considered waterproof. The higher the rating, the more durable the waterproof fabric will be over time.
Waterproof garments use waterproof-breathable technologies and are fully seam-taped. Water-resistant garments use waterproof-breathable technologies but their seams are not taped. Water-resistant garments repel water and protect against wind but are not made of waterproof fabric.
|Waterproof with fully taped seams|
A windproof garment does not allow any air to permeate the fabric. A garment with windproof panels has panels of fabric that are totally windproof, but the rest of the garment may not be windproof. A wind-resistant garment resists some wind, but not as much as a garment that is windproof.
Durable water repellency
Usually referred to as DWR. A treatment made to fabrics that causes water to bead and run off instead of soaking through.