Compaired to something old and without goretex I can only imagin it would be a huge improvement. When it comes to my expirience with the waterproofing I couldn't be happier. It wasn't a sluchy day or anything but the tow rope is always horribly wet. I don't know what your idea of a tow rope is but our is nothing more then a large diameter rope. No handles and it just drags in the snow when there is nobody on it. Holding it for the 1 minute ride would make my hands cold but in no way wet.