Polartec introduces NeoShell, "most breathable waterproof fabric"

11:21 a.m. on November 30, 2010 (EST)
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Polartec, manufacturer of performance fabrics, has introduced Polartec NeoShell, which it calls the most breathable waterproof fabric available on the market today.

Full article at http://www.trailspace.com/articles/2010/11/30/polartec-neoshell.html

12:12 p.m. on November 30, 2010 (EST)
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Re: Polartec introduces NeoShell, "most breathable waterproof fabric"

If "WPB-1" (lavender line) is eVent, I'm pretty darn excited by this...

4:57 p.m. on November 30, 2010 (EST)
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Re: Polartec introduces NeoShell, "most breathable waterproof fabric"

If it's "exclusive", would it be eVent? I like eVent as well, but this may be something else.

I will say that I've had excellent performance from Polartec products, and wouldn't hesitate in recommending their fabrics. 

7:44 p.m. on November 30, 2010 (EST)
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Re: Polartec introduces NeoShell, "most breathable waterproof fabric"

2 thumbs up on polartec, always love innovation as long as it is a step forward not backwards.

11:10 a.m. on December 1, 2010 (EST)
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Re: Polartec introduces NeoShell, "most breathable waterproof fabric"

Here's a nice comparison at Adventure Journal of This and other new high-tech fabrics.

 

9:19 a.m. on February 6, 2011 (EST)
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Re: Polartec introduces NeoShell, "most breathable waterproof fabric"

If WPB-1 is eVent, the improvement in the rate of water vapor flow compared to eVent is roughly 12% based on the graph.  This is not astounding.  My Rab and Westcomb eVent shells keep me dry, and they have proven themselves in durability through some years of use and abuse.   I don't expect NeoShell to feel much drier in the real world when compared to eVent.

Durability is another issue.  I'm sure Polartec has put this membrane through the testing wringer.  Will the membrane hold up after my washing machine has at it for a hundred cycles?

The big development is the 4-way stretch.  This is the one reason why I'm so excited about NeoShell.  I'll be the first in line to buy a Westcomb Apoc.

 

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