The waterproof breathable membrane war that began last year is finally coming to a head…
Until recently, the major waterproof breathable fight used to be GORE-TEX versus GE's eVent. With new hardshell entrants such as Polartec and innovation from Gore with Active Shell, GE has been forced to refocus and is now working hard on a making come back.
At the big NeoShell launch in Boston last November, Polartec gave me a Westcomb jacket made out of their new waterproof breathable fabric. I have put the hardshell jacket through the paces, wearing it for hiking through downpours in San Francisco and ice climbing in Ouray, Colorado.