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Mountain Hardwear Dry.Q Elite

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Dry.Q Elite is Mountain Hardwear’s new high-end air permeable waterproof/breathable shell technology. For 2011, Mountain Hardwear has replaced their Gore-Tex pieces with Dry.Q Elite, representing a big step forward for waterproof jackets.

See, with existing waterproof/breathable jackets, you have to generate humidity inside the jacket before your water vapor can start to pass through the jacket. This means that, by the time your jacket starts breathing, you’re already clammy and uncomfortable… so you either take the waterproof jacket off, or open all of the zippers, or just deal being damp on the inside.

With Mountain Hardwear Dry.Q Elite, the laminate is actually air permeable, which means the jacket starts breathing immediately, before you build up humidity inside the jacket. The result is a piece that breathes much more effectively than a standard shell jacket, and one that keeps you dry and comfortable without regard to your activity level. Finally, a waterproof/breathable jacket that doesn’t feel like a plastic bag!

To learn more about the nuts-and-bolts technology in Dry.Q Elite, read our interview with Ted Ganio, Mountain Hardwear VP of Innovation, Technology & Equipment, here.

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