"Water-resistant" describes the fabric’s ability to provide protection in wet weather. A water-resistant fabric uses a DWR coating or a dense weave to prevent saturation of a garment’s outer layer. Water-resistant fabrics shed or repel water; however, they are not entirely waterproof.
Breathable garments are air permeable. This benefit is most useful during physical activity, when there is an increase in body heat inside the garment. The breathability of the fabric allows moisture vapor transfer (MVT) or the capacity for warm.
Garment is constructed with a material that is impervious to wind and helps to prevent heat loss by maintaining the body’s warmth inside the garment.
The North’s SoftShell+ is made from a threelayer laminate. It starts with a knitted face with a DWR finish. The next layer is a membrane that makes the garment breathable and waterproof, while the inner face is a patterned microfleece designed to reduce weight and water absorption, increase loft and air entrapment for extra warmth. It is lightweight, soft to the touch and comfortable to wear.