Ok, let’s talk about the different coating options used nowadays to increase the quality level of fabrics.
As you well know, most fabrics are hydrophilic – fabrics love water – except for those exceptional cases where the material is treated with artificial coating solutions.
For us, the outdoorsy folks, it is essential to make sure the backcountry clothing we wear is waterproofed or at the least weatherproofed.
In the same vein, ensure your gears’ carry-on, your backpacks, and even tents are all able to keep moisture at bay.
If not, you’d find yourself drenched to the bone when caught in the wrong weather environment.
I’m guessing here that in a bid to find that perfect water resisting apparel, rainwear, pack covers, and or parka, you’ve come across the term “PU coating”.
Don’t worry if you haven’t heard about it yet.
In this article, you’ll learn what PU Coating is, you’ll see how it compares with other coating processes such as TPU and PVC, and you’ll also learn about its applications.
Is polyester waterproof? How about nylon? Well, it depends! Now, perhaps you’re expecting a straightforward yes or no answer. But, the thing is, there’s no simple answer to the question.
Stay with me, and you’ll get to see why.
An unbiased comparison between nylon and polyester when it comes to repelling water is hard to determine, mainly because there are so many factors to take into consideration.
However, we can say with an approximation which one is better and also which one is more suitable under different weather conditions.
Have you ever had the misfortune of having your product – whether it is a brand new shiny smartphone, a chic headphone, or your survival torchlight – go kaput on you due to exposure to moisture?
Perhaps, you’ve had one of your devices get spoilt. If you have had this experience, you would agree with me that it wasn’t a pleasant one and most times those products were marketed as water resistant, nonporous and with all those waterproof marketing terms. We’ll also tell you what the IPX ratings mean.