Mar 3, 2008 at 9:33 am #1227612
Forgive this ignorant question, but is the point of a windshirt actually to block the wind?
I have made a homemade windshirt out of uncoated ripstop that will not block wind very well at all, and now I am second guessing the fabric choice. (although the driving reason for the fabric was I bought it at walmart for $1/yd) The few store bought windshirts I have seen seem to be coated somehow and would appear to shed wind much better than my homemade version, but I have never used one.
Any comments?Mar 3, 2008 at 9:36 am #1422847
Yep, they block the wind while remaining very breathable. At least my Montane wind smock does. ;) I'd chalk your problem up to the fabric. Trying making the same shirt of of Pertex and see if your results improve.Mar 3, 2008 at 10:30 am #1422853
Be careful if you do buy one. Many windshirts come with a very light polyurethane layer to make it rain proof. This PU layer is really the worst of both worlds: it stops the jacket from breathing well, and wears away fairly quickly. You end up with a jacket that lets water in at the elbows and shoulder, but can't breathe.Mar 4, 2008 at 4:04 am #1422936
So, which models do you recommend?Mar 4, 2008 at 5:32 am #1422938
@rinconLocale: Desert Southwest
I suspect that you are using the wrong fabric. I use a 1.1 oz rip-stop that is callendered. The callendering process involves passing the fabric between rollers, one of them hot. It puts a shiny surface on one side of the fabric and improves its windproof-ness without any noticeable effect on breathe-ability. You would be lucky to find this fabric at Walmart; check with Seattle Fabric. The PU coating mentioned by another poster may actually be a callendered surface.Mar 4, 2008 at 10:28 am #1422964
Funny thing about seattle fabric.
I was looking for a company that carried a selection of quick connect fasteners online and found seattle fabrics
So I drove over there since they are like 20 miles from my house.
It's the Mecca for dudes that sew camping equipment!!
Ive been there every weekend since.
Awesome storeMar 4, 2008 at 2:26 pm #1422989
I just had this discussion with two other BPL'ers this last weekend on a several windswept ridges. For some reason, I had the same internal struggle while addressing my gear needs and couldn't commit to a windshirt. But now that I have one, I can't leave home without it. Especially considering the weight: my Golite Ether is 4oz. Dylan sported a Montane LiteSpeed and loved it. Josh was one of the uncommitted but has seen the light (pun).
For example: I've worn two merino half-zip base layers and my Ether in a light snow with sub-freezing temps (active). When we went inactive, I threw my insulated sweater over it all, down past 20F temps.
It's not until you actually use a straight up, non-insulated windshirt that you appreciate the level of heat loss due to wind. AND, not until you sweat it out in a WP hardshell that you appreciate the breathability of a proper windshirt.
Personally, I don't use windpants. But it's a similar philosophy that I haven't yet accepted.
-MichaelMar 4, 2008 at 3:38 pm #1423000
@ryan_hutchinsLocale: Somewhere out there
You may still notice some wind passing through, even w/ the best wind shirts. I agree though the warmth to weight value is pretty darn phenomenal.Mar 4, 2008 at 5:05 pm #1423016
@fairweather8588Locale: The Desert
I just bought the Helly Hansen windshirt from Dale, and snipped a bit of stuff off of it. I saved about .7 ounce. All of my windshirts have fairly good protection. For 4 ounces, and my Golite 2.7 ounce windshirt, Im not complaining.
I dont wear the Golite anymore 'cause its signed by some famous dude.Mar 5, 2008 at 10:02 am #1423104
Could you please advise me where could I buy pertex hooded full zip windshirt? If there is one of course.
If there is not what models should I look for. I know that I could find this info if I were read more than dozen threads at this site but I think this could be useful to collect such info in one post so everyone could easily find it.
SlavaMar 5, 2008 at 10:51 am #1423110
@joshjknappLocale: Northern Mn, Superior Hiking Trail
I used to be a wind shirt skeptic until I found a Patagonia Houdini, 60% off at my local gear store. I tried it on, loved the fit, and wanted to find out what all the hype was about. All I have to say it GET ONE! It is such an useful piece of gear. I use mine all the time. It breaths relatively well and really keeps the wind off. Just a great piece of gear for hiking, running, or biking. Also because it is so compact and light, you can bring it with you anywhere. So far durability has not been a problem, even with some bushwhacking.Mar 5, 2008 at 11:03 am #1423111
The Patagonia Houdini is indeed a great windshirt, probably breathes the best, but at the cost of some wind "proofness" (is that a word!?!?). The Golite Ether and Montane Litespeed are slightly less breathable but will tackle more wind-chill. Let a google search be your friend when trying to find these products.
Integral Designs makes a Pertex windshirt. Once again, less breathable, but more windproof. This does also confer a certain strength to the material for bushwhacking. I've had ID products and always appreciate their durability.
-MichaelMar 5, 2008 at 1:09 pm #1423126
The Montane Lite speed is exactly what you describe, pertex, with a hood and a full zip.
Suppliers in the USA may be a problem.
But if you contact Montane at firstname.lastname@example.org they may be able to suggest a dealer.Mar 5, 2008 at 1:34 pm #1423132
@thomdarrahLocale: Southern Oregon
WildThings makes two windshirts using "epic" fabric. A hooded full zip that weighs in at 10 oz and runs $130.00 and a half zip pullover at 6 oz for $105.00. I have the half zip that I've been very pleased with. These WildThings wind shirts are not the lightest and or the cheapest but they are well made and function/perform great. I also have the Patagonia Houdini that, in my opinion, is more breathable but less windproof. I prefer the WildThings for hiking and the Houdini for trail running. I hope this helps.Mar 5, 2008 at 2:39 pm #1423144
@thomdarrahLocale: Southern Oregon
I forgot to mention that WildThings also has a "superlight windshirt" that is made of silicone coated nylon fabric that weighs in at 2.4 oz, is a half zip pullover and comes in three colors. You can see this item and the epic windshirts on their site http://www.wildthingsgear.com and look under performance gear.Mar 5, 2008 at 4:40 pm #1423156
Actually, the montane lite speed is pertex microlight and the Jetstream is pertex quantum. Quantum is lighter but less waterproof (if I recall correctly).
I'm not recommending this store, as I've never heard of them, but they have some details about montane products: http://www.outdoorgb.com/b/montane/Mar 5, 2008 at 5:57 pm #1423168
I would have to suggest that more or less waterproof is moot in either fabric, it's mainly the DWR coating that sheds moisture and both will give up under any concentration of water. I think Pertex primarily addresses breathability, windproofness, and, subsequently, durability. In my experience microlight is less breathable but more durable and windproof; quantum is the reverse, but neither to a fault. I really want to stress that. Both are great, modern fabric technologies with subtle but notable differences that are mostly personal preferences derived only from experience.
Unfortunately, this doesn't help the initiate: as I can personally recall from my own debate with the dharma of windshirts. You'll still struggle between the forces of breathability and windproofness. But, as I eventually experience with any gear concepts, just go for it. Get a deal, or grab what's in front of you, and find out for yerself. You really won't go wrong with any of the high quality gear we've recommended, you can only learn more.
-Michael "sawchuck"Mar 6, 2008 at 10:22 am #1423245
@splproductionsLocale: Salt Lake City, UT
I put my Houdini on and drove around my neighborhood with my arm out the window. (Temp was about 30F). Going 35-40 mph, my bare hand and forearm had a numbness sensation after about 30 seconds. It hurt. Then I pulled my hand all the way in the Houdini and stuck it out again. I thought I was feeling a small amount of wind coming through, or maybe it was just the coldness of the fabric against my skin, but I could have held my arm out there all night and been fine.Mar 6, 2008 at 11:42 am #1423259
.Mar 6, 2008 at 12:40 pm #1423269
My houdini has been washed once, and now it wets out really easily. I emailed patagonia, but didn't get a response. How is yours holding up? I bought some wash in nikwax dwr, but haven't tried it yet.Mar 27, 2008 at 2:04 am #1425778
@jeffcadorinLocale: paper beats rock
bueller, bueller, is anyone there???
would really like to here some feedback from some houdini users post-wash.
JeffMar 27, 2008 at 4:13 am #1425780
Detergents can strip any DWR on any jacket.Mar 27, 2008 at 7:57 am #1425795
@jeffcadorinLocale: paper beats rock
Jaiden said "My houdini has been washed once, and now it wets out really easily."
I understand detergents and washing can ruin the DWR of clothes. But with that happening wouldnt it make it less likely to wet out because of the dwr being removed from the pours?Mar 27, 2008 at 8:00 am #1425796
I believe the issue is not a removal of DWR, but a compromising of it's DWR-ness if you wash it with standard detergent. It's why there are special washing liquids for DWR's.Mar 27, 2008 at 9:51 am #1425815
@mad777Locale: South Florida
First, I will recommend the Montane Litespeed as my wife and I are thrilled with it and do take it on just about every hike except in mid-summer.
As to wetting out of any windshirt, I always wash mine in Nixwax Techwash and then spray on Nixwax DWR coating on the outside of the piece. Other brands make competing products like ReviveX and Granger's. The tech wash cleans without stripping out the desirable character of the fabric, nor does it leave any undesirable residue behind. The spray-on DWR treatment also comes in a wash-in form but I've never bought into the idea of a DWR on the inside of a garment.
IMO a windshirt is not a rain jacket! They serve two functions. While a windshirt will fend off the first few drops of rain, it's function is to insulate you from the cooling effects of wind and perhaps let your body heat escape a little more slowly than without it. If it really starts to rain, it will give you time to dig out your raingear. A jacket that is "waterproof" will not serve you well as a windshirt because you will sweat to death while hiking in such a piece. For that and other reasons, my rain gear consists of a poncho.
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