- Nov 20, 2017 at 12:59 pm #3503071
Ken LarsonBPL Member
@kenlarsonLocale: Western Michigan
Beginning 2018, REI will end its partnership with eVent Fabrics, which was the membrane used in REI’s outerwear line since 2008. In its place, REI will launch a range of water- and wind-proof shells and pants using Gore-Tex membranes.
For more information:Nov 20, 2017 at 6:05 pm #3503116
Brad PBPL Member
So look for good prices on the clearance rack for REI eVent products.Nov 20, 2017 at 11:35 pm #3503175
Jeff McWilliamsBPL Member
I really like eVent, and this could be a great opportunity to save some money. But dang, I’m not in a position to purchase a new eVent rain jacket right now, even one that’s currently on sale for $113.00Nov 21, 2017 at 1:06 am #3503186
Jeff JeffBPL Member
“According to Ian Eburah, REI’s director of private-label gear and apparel, eVent built quality products, but members still sought the recognition and performance delivered by Gore-Tex.”
Goretex sure spends a lot of money on marketing. At least RAB still uses event. And they’ve been doing it a lot longer than 10 years.Nov 21, 2017 at 2:10 am #3503196
Daniel KinsellaBPL Member
Jeff, I think that part of what you say is true. Gore-Tex is fairly well known by the average consumer in a way that eVent isn’t. I also think that Gore-Tex’s environmental initiatives line up with REI’s goals as well. That is just a guess though.Nov 22, 2017 at 6:40 pm #3503522
Danny MilksBPL Member
@dannymilksLocale: SF Bay Area
I’m very curious as to why REI took the gamble to go with eVent in the first place? Possibly cost, with the hope that the superior product would win over customers after they use it?
I talked with Montane last year and they replaced eVent with Gore-Tex on all their higher end shells. I just met with Mountain Hardwear yesterday and learned that they are bringing Gore-Tex back as well, again just for their most expensive pieces. Both told me that it’s because of brand recognition and customer perception.
Rab still uses eVent, but only in a select few shells. For other shells, like the Kinetic and Kinetic Plus, they have their own proprietary stretch waterproof fabric. It looks like most of their shells are using Pertex+.Nov 23, 2017 at 11:25 am #3503634
Armand CBPL Member
Sounds like a good time to snap up an eVent REI jacket on clearance.Nov 24, 2017 at 7:10 am #3503789
@ryanLocale: Northern Rocky Mountains
eVENT had an edge for awhile with their technology. Gore has now caught up, and has a much more impactive marketing machine…the Gore name is far more recognizable to the general consumer (not necessarily the BPL crowd).
Fortunately, the performance of Gore is pretty good now. Interestingly, we are in need of a pretty dramatic technology step to gain significant increases in performance from here. eVENT accomplished that step several years ago…
Who’s next, and what tech shift will occur?Nov 24, 2017 at 4:53 pm #3503842
Philip TschersichBPL Member
@philip-akLocale: Kodiak Alaska
Neoshell was going to be the next evolution. It really is amazingly breathable stuff. It just doesn’t stay waterproof very long. I’ve cycled through all the various miracle fabrics as they come out, but then reluctantly always return to goretex. It just works predictably the longest.Nov 28, 2017 at 1:31 am #3504413
I think gore caught up with, and surpassed event… not just marketing, real though it is.
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