There's a lot going on here. The clean, urban-focused style offers ample waterproof-breathable protection for driving ran and gusting wind. It does what a backcountry shell does, but without the mountain-specific features, it's less expensive and has pared-back simplicity that looks right in the city.
- Made of polyester with a waterproof-breathable polyurethane laminate and a DWR (durable water repellent) finish.
- Fully seam-sealed to keep out rain and snow.
- Recycled polyester taffeta lining slides over layers.
- Adjustable hood tucks away into the collar when you don't need it.
- Zippered chest pocket, zippered handwarmer pocket and an internal pocket stow small essentials.
- Hook-and-loop adjustable cuffs seal out drafts.
Garments, designed for specific activities have features that aren’t always adaptable to general use. For example, cycling clothing is longer in the back and arms. Activity aside, the fit of MEC clothing falls into these categories:
All MEC men’s and boy’s pants are regular rise.
|Ideal for||Casual wear|
|Technology||Microporous PU laminate|
|Face fabric||75-denier polyester|
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|
Fabric active breathability
The rate at which a waterproof breathable fabric expels moisture when the inner surface is moist from perspiration. Values under 8,000g/m2/24h provide low performance, 20,000g/m2/24h provide moderate performance and values over 30,000g/m2/24h provide high performance.
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.