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Jeff McWilliams
(jjmcwill) - M

Locale: Midwest
Mtn Hardwear Plasmic - Dry.Q EVAP on 09/03/2013 13:45:24 MDT Print View

Backpacker posted a favorable review of Mtn Hardwear's Plasmic jacket, which freatures Dry.Q EVAP.

I'm a bit confused by the Dry.Q line. I thought one of them was based on eVent, but their website includes Dry.Q Core, Dry.Q Active, and Dry.Q Elite, in addition to this Dry.Q EVAP

Is there anyplace that summarizes the differences, maybe including some breathability specs?

I found this:
http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=53688

So am uncertain if Dry.Q EVAP is based on Elite (i.e. eVent), or Core (MH's own PU membrane).

At $140.00 and 10oz, this Plasmic may have potential if it actually breathes well.

Jeff

eric chan
(bearbreeder) - F
no facts on 09/03/2013 14:36:29 MDT Print View

http://www.feedthehabit.com/outdoors/mountain-hardwear-plasmic-rain-jacket-review/

the problem with all this "breathability" mumbo jumbo ... no one really knows ... since no manufacturer wants real standardized testing of their jacket breathability in the real world, youre left with outlandish marketing claims and technobable

BPL did a brave attempt to measure "breathability" a while back ... and the results were not encouraging for some $$$$$ fancy jackets with the latest hocus pocus

with the right SKILLS you can make most rain jackets work ... without em even the fanciest most expensive coolest sounding ones will flop

;)

Max Dilthey
(mdilthey) - M

Locale: MaxTheCyclist.com
I wouldn't count on that review. on 09/03/2013 15:03:58 MDT Print View

Backpacker posts a favorable review of everything, because the companies pay them to. I use my subscription for pretty pictures.

Stephen Komae
(skomae) - MLife

Locale: northeastern US
Re: Mtn Hardwear Plasmic - Dry.Q EVAP on 09/03/2013 15:07:16 MDT Print View

Dry.Q Elite is 3L eVent.

Dry.Q Evap is 2.5L eVent DVL.

The rest are MHW's own house-brand of PU. Dry.Q Core and Stretch are certainly PU, and I have no idea what Dry.Q Active is. I wish mfrs didn't muddy the water so much about WPB technologies with their stupid proprietary brandings.

I took a brief look at a Plasmic in stores and I came away reasonably impressed. This is a jacket that takes design cues from the more expensive technical shells and uses eVent DVL, making it a pretty standout jacket amongst the competition in its price range. I dig its minimalism with its lack of superfluous flaps!

Edited by skomae on 09/03/2013 15:09:22 MDT.