If a product is labeled as “water-resistant,” it was designed specifically to resist contact by light water (rain showers/light rain and snow flurries) but are not designed to withstand any heavy exposure to the elements.
A product labeled “waterproof” provides the highest quality level of protection from water amongst all outerwear. When companies design waterproof products, they target water-resistant features and enhance them to increase the amount of water being repelled.
Water repellency is a term used to describe the characteristic of both water-resistant and waterproof products. If a product is labeled as “water-repellent”, it means that it is hydrophobic, or repels water on contact. A feature of water-resistant and waterproof fabrics, water repellency measures how much water pressure a material can withstand before water begins to permeate.
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