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Rainwear FAQs

General Frequently Asked Questions About Buying Rainwear

There are so many different types of rainwear available. So how do you know which one is right for you? See below for a list of the most frequently asked questions about rainwear. Still have questions? Contact us here or by calling 1-800-382-8473.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I decide which rainwear to buy?
2. What size rainwear should I buy?
3. What is the difference between breathable and non-breathable rainwear?
4. Which is better at keeping the rain out?
5. Will I get warm and sweat wearing breathable rainwear in the summer?
6. What is the difference between PVC and PU?
7. How do I maintain my rainwear?


1. How do I decide which rainwear to buy?
You need to determine what type of activity you will be engaged in when you're wearing rainwear. Some rainwear is designed to handle the wear and tear of everyday use, while other rain suits are created only for occasional use. Many manufacturers have industrial and recreational lines of rainwear. Think of your rainwear as a tool but also be realistic with your expectations on its durability.


2. What size rainwear should I buy?
Since rainwear goes over the clothes you wear, it is usually a good idea to purchase rainwear that is larger than your clothing size. One size larger is a good rule of thumb, but you may want to consider two sizes if you will be wearing the rainwear over heavy clothing. You also need to take into account what you will be doing, because it is important to have sufficient mobility while wearing rainwear.


3. What is the difference between breathable and non-breathable rainwear?
Breathable fabrics have micro-porous coatings with holes so small that it keeps the rain out for an extended period of time but does not trap in perspiration like non-breathable ones. Non-breathable fabrics do not have the same coatings and, while it will keep the rain out, it will also trap perspiration.


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4. Which is better at keeping the rain out?
Non-breathable rainwear is more effective at keeping the rain out. Breathable rainwear can become saturated after an extended period of time (estimated to be about two hours in a steady rain). After this happens, rain can seep through the material.


5. Will I get warm and sweat wearing breathable rainwear in the summer?
Breathable rainwear is more comfortable than non-breathable, but you may still get warm and possibly sweat when wearing it during warm weather. In this case, breathable is a relative term.


6. What is the difference between PVC and PU?
PVC stands for polyvinyl chloride and is found in most non-breathable rainwear that we carry. PU stands for polyurethane. Generally PVC is waterproof but not breathable, whereas PU can be both waterproof and breathable.


7. How do I maintain my rainwear?
You should always follow the manufacturer's recommendations. In addition, it's good practice to immediately remove soils and stains by wiping down the rainwear with a clean cloth and water with a mild detergent. You should never use bleach or other harsh cleaning fluids.


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