Mountain Hardwear Dry.Q waterproof breathable

One day after Polartec announced their new NeoShell waterproof breathable fabric, Mountain Hardwear has officially announced their own suite of waterproof breathable technologies called Dry.Q. Add these to Columbia's own Omni-Dry waterproof breathable technology and recent OutDry acquisition, and it seems like everyone is trying to find an alternative to GORE-TEX these days. 

Dry.Q Elite, the premier of the waterproof breathable technology family, is similar to Polartec NeoShell in using air-permeability to bring breathabilty to a durable waterproof fabric. Dry.Q Elite supposedly breathes instantly, allowing air and moisture to pass outward through the fabric without you having to work up a sweat first. 

Dry.Q Active sounds more similar to the new GORE-TEX Active Shell as it is a lightweight, stretch, waterproof-breathable fabric meant for highly active daily sports such as trail running. Dry.Q Core is a more versatile and durable fabric that will be used as the foundation across all categories. 

"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. Many brands are looking for a way to get away from the rigorous design restrictions that Gore puts on its customers.  

With Mountain Hardwear being owned by Columbia, I am curious how much technology is being shared with Omni-Dry or if this is a totally new membrane and lamination process. The Dry.Q waterproof breathable technologies will be featured across Mountain Hardwear's Fall 2011 Alpine, Snowear and Mountain categories.

So get ready for the waterproof breathable wars next year. What do you think-is all this new fabric technology exciting or just confusing?

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  1. I just received a DRY-Q jacket for a bit of pre-sale testing and I have found the waterproofness and breathability excellent. The underarm elastic panels, which are also completely waterproof, have proven very comfortable as the pit zips have been eliminated. After spending New Years day in the pouring rain with 100% humidity, I was most impressed with the DRY-Q. Very exciting for the industry.

  2. Hi Ed- glad to hear Dry.Q is performing well for you so far! Thanks so much for sharing your experience. I am excited to try it as well to see how it feels compared to the other new waterproof breathable fabrics coming out.

  3. I have a DryQ Elite jacket to ‘test’ and so far I am very impressed. Its never clammy or moist inside, has great flexibility for increased range of movement and it looks great! The fit of the women’s piece I have is great for an athletic build and is packed with sweet features for year-round use!

  4. Hi Lil Monkee- glad to hear you have been impressed with the DryQ Elite jacket performance. Seems everyone has been liking it so far which is a great sign for Mountain Hardwear. Thanks very much for sharing!

  5. Neoshell and dry Q are the same thing. I dont notice a difference. Both breather awesome. The issue with them is they are not warm. Once you add the fleace linersthen you start to sweat more and it can wet out if you are really working hard.

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