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post #14 of (permalink) Old 04-11-2009, 03:16 PM
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one thing you guys are missing is that numbers are for the waterproof/breathable laminate or coating ONLY and not the entire garment. a jacket with a thin outerlayer that the laminate or coating is applied to will breath better than a jacket with a thick heavy canvas or tweed like material, also, the brethabillity will be less in a jacket with lots of seams that are taped than a more simply jacket with less tape (the tape is used to seal the areas that are sewed together and is not breathable), and jackets with heavy linings are not as breathable as jackets with mesh or open linings, so just take the numbers with a grain of salt
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