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Mountain Hardwear introduces Dry.Q waterproof-breathable technology

Mountain Hardwear has announced the launch of Dry.Q, a new family of waterproof-breathable technologies.

Dry.Q Elite, the pinnacle technology in the family, prevents the wearer from getting soaked from the inside by their own perspiration at all levels of exertion. Featured in the brand’s Alpine, Snowear and Mountain categories, Dry.Q Elite brings durability to waterproofness and breathability and provides always-on performance via air-permeability.

Traditional waterproof-breathable systems work by moving internally-generated moisture out through the shell fabric, but the wearer must first overheat and feel wet on the inside before the membrane begins to work. Dry.Q Elite breathes instantly, allowing air – and moisture - to pass outward through the fabric. Breathability and comfort starts the moment the wearer puts on the garment.

Additional members of the Dry.Q family include:

  • Dry.Q Active: Lightweight, stretch and waterproof-breathable performance for active sports, such as running, offered in Mountain Hardwear’s Excel sportswear collection.
  • Dry.Q Core: The versatile and durable foundation of Dry.Q for a wide variety of outdoor activities, found across Mountain Hardwear’s Alpine, Snowear and Mountain collections.

"Mountain Hardwear is a brand committed to challenging the status quo. Our athletes and customers have been conditioned to accept compromises in the performance of their traditional waterproof-breathable products. For Fall 2011, our fabric and technology engineers took innovation upstream in the fabric creation process to create the most comprehensive line of uncompromising performance products on the planet. Having our own waterproof-breathable technology allows us to take a more holistic and innovative approach to designing each garment," said Mountain Hardwear President Topher Gaylord.

"With our unique combination of supreme quality face fabrics, barriers, backers, glues, tapes and lamination technology, we have crafted our own series of fabrics for specific activities," said Ted Ganio, director of merchandising and design. Testing the new technology was an important part of the design and development process. "We put Dry.Q through rigorous performance evaluations in the lab, the field, and the most remote regions of the world," Ganio said.

"After our 500 wash standard, the entire Dry.Q family of technologies remained more waterproof than all the others and up to two times more breathable than industry standards. What really impressed us were the immediate results when we started running Moisture Vapor Transfer tests. There was no lag time. Dry.Q Elite started working immediately to allow moisture to escape," Ganio continued.

Mountain Hardwear athletes are giving Dry.Q Elite raving compliments. "With Dry.Q Elite, we finally have come up with an answer that works," stated alpine climber Freddie Wilkinson. "The human body wasn’t designed to have a bag around it. When your jacket doesn’t breathe fast enough, your body, your physiology works against you," he continued.

Mountain guide Dawn Glanc agreed, "I was able to stay protected from the elements, but at the same time be very comfortable on the inside...This is a level of comfort that I’ve never been able to experience before."

Mountain Hardwear is currently debuting Dry.Q throughout their Fall 2011 line with retailers across the globe and will showcase the new technology at the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market and Snowsports Industries America trade shows in January 2011. Dry.Q will be available to the public through the brand’s retailers in Fall 2011.


Great stuff.  But this is EVENT fabric with a proprietary name.  I wish there was more honestly from manufacturers.

@CWF Considering that this is technology which has yet to be released, and no finished product has been on the market using this technology you are making a fairly bold claim. Unless I am severely mistaken you have neither the access to, nor the a high enough level of knowledge pertaining to, DryQ technology to make an educated comment. So let's step back for a moment and start questioning the integrity of someone who would post a request for more honesty when they are more than willing to make a clearly biased and uneducated statement against a yet to be released product.

What an unusual first post.  Mike do you happen to work for Mountain Hardwear?

The first Dry.Q products will be out this fall. Mountain Hardwear launched them at Outdoor Retailer winter market last week.

The Dry.Q Elite fabric was developed in collaboration with eVent.

We'll have a bit more up about the OR introduction asap (I'm waiting for some facts to be checked by Mountain Hardwear first).

Apparently it is going to be a 'concept' anyway, in much the same way that H2NO is for Patagonia. So even if it is actually eVent in one form, that won't mean it is a waterproof/breathable membrane in all the DryQ gear.

So it is a branded idea. People must buy clothing based on these ideas or they wouldn't be doing it. Yet I was looking at buying a Patagonia hardshell this winter and for all the searching on the internet, I couldn't find out what they were using behind the 'idea' or what the figures for breathability were in the particular hardshell that I wanted to purchase.

And now Patagonia are going back to using Goretex in some of their line. Or rather, they are going back to using the label - perhaps they used it already, who knows (but them)?

I wish there was more honesty from manufacturers.

Me too. Perhaps we are supposed to 'have faith'?


Here's Trailspace's article on Mountain Hardwear's Dry.Q launch:

Mountain Hardwear's Dry.Q enters waterproof-breathable battle

Heya Community,

I apologize for my delay in a response but I haven't been on Trailspace for a while. In regards to those questions about my employer, no I do not work for Mountain Hardwear, but I have in the past and continue to work with them on a regular basis in my current position. They have always been very transparent about not only their product development, but their business practices as well, in my experience. This may not necessarily be in line with the experience that some of you may have had, but it certainly is the case with me. In regards to my comment pertaining to asking for some integrity by those whom are calling this technology into question I feel it is a very valid question to ask. Just as valid as those whom are asking Mountain Hardwear the same thing. All I am saying is that were questioning the design and development of a preproduction product with little information available to go off of, outside of the tiny tidbits MHW has thrown our way. In addition to this I am just looking at the hard evidence regarding MHW's technologies. Mountain Hardwear has been experimenting with increasing breathability for years in their Conduit laminate (Terrashell anyone?), and has also increased the breathability of their gloves through their use of OutDry, which is now owned by their parent company Columbia Sportswear. It only makes sense that rather than steal another companies technology (such as eVent) that they developed a similar tech through their knowledge from Conduit and OutDry. Not only is that legally safer but it seems more cost effective as they already will have the information needed to manufacture this type of laminate.

Hi SnowHawkMike, welcome back to the site.

If you haven't seen it already, you may want to read Trailspace's February 8th article on the Dry.Q launch, which has more current info than the original press release referenced above.

As you may already know, Mountain Hardwear took a hybrid approach with Dry.Q Elite, using the GE membrane technology (eVent) with their own proprietary fabrics. They're the first to do so (though likely not the last, according to GE).

Competition is a good thing for us the end user.

Time will tell.

YES -- "Time will tell ...."   (It always does).

I, for one, will be most pleased when something is developed that  is a true 'break-through' waterproof / breathable membrane.

I am no fan of 'BoreTex'.

The concept is fine ... the end-result leaves much to be desired.


I've had my Drystein for about a month, and the early returns are very, very good. I'm surprised Mountain Hardwear hasn't been more forthcoming about what's actually in this technology.

Mountain Hardwear's "VP of innnovation, technology and equipment" agreed to an interview about this stuff, and didn't dodge any of the questions about GE or Gore-Tex or long-term durability.  Worth a read if you're interested in checking out the Dry.Q Elite line:

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