chris975d, on 17 April 2018 - 07:07 PM, said:
Adding to my Galvin Green to Kjus conversion. Along with the Dexter models I have referred to above, I've also recently added a more "traditional" 3-layer Kjus model, the "Pro 3L" to my collection and tested it a few times in some rain..particularly this past weekend. A freaking downpour (about 2 inches of rainfall in a few hours) on Sunday. The Kjus Pro 3L jackets and PX5 ProQuip rainpants. The jacket performed flawlessly, and the DWR coating was amazing. During this entire round, the jacket kept beading water off and kept me completely dry...bone dry. I've played in rains similar to this with by Galvin Green gear, and even it's DWR will fail and "wet out" (outer layer get soaked, but still stay dry inside as the membrane doesn't fail). Even the ProQuip PX5 pants wetted out (only the second rain they have been in), but again, I stayed dry inside the pants.
The only issue wetting out will cause (I've mentioned it in a raingear thread or two) is that if it's hot outside, your bodyheat/moisture cannot escape through the rain gear and will build up moisture/condensation on the interior of the gear. This particular day wasn't hot, so wetting out wasn't too detrimental.
But after having the Kjus Dexter pieces, and now the Pro 3L, I'm a full convert from Galvin Green/GoreTex over to Kjus. Yes, Kjus is even more expensive than Galvin...the Pro 3L can cost almost as much as a Galvin Green jacket AND pant combined, but Kjus has proven (to me) to be the most innovative, best performing rain gear on the market. The fit (for me), performance, and feel are all above even that of Galvin Green.
Now the process of clearing out the majority of my Galvin Green gear (I have A LOT...probably $3000 or so worth) and moving those funds into more Kjus. I have a few more pieces coming, including their 2-layer (think GoreTex PacLite competitor) "Clive" waterproof to try out.
Chris975 -- are the Kjus warming (winter/cold) pieces also better than GG's stuff?