HAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31457 posts, RR: 57 Posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1762 times:
Since the Annual monsoons is a month away at Mumbai [Bombay],And another year of getting soaked at work begans
Anyone has any Advice for Mx personnel working in Line Mx of good quality rain wear [Jacket + Trousers]that does not sweat & also keeps one dry at least 90% dry.
Having to be in the open between 2300 hrs to 0430hrs & then 0600hrs to 0800hrs [earliest].Im thinking of a solution,as getting totally soaked in rainwater & not able to use the AC cabins,or stand outdoors is tough.
There is no provision of Air heaters,except the AC Turbofan Exhaust from the Ram air Exit
Presently only solution I have is to carry along a spare set of Clothes.
Anyone with Good Rainwear solutions.
Aogdesk From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 935 posts, RR: 4 Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1727 times:
I think the name of the rainsuits that we have is Airweave. Our company bought them many years ago, and they've been surprisingly durable. They breathe fairly well and don't have the restrictive feel of rubber rainsuits.
I enjoy working in the rain.The Problem is since there are Flt safety meetings held in between at times.I end up the only guy [Mx] at these meetings soaked.The rest are from other Depts & The AC is never shut
AeroWeanie From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1605 posts, RR: 52 Reply 6, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1711 times:
I've used Gore Tex and Helly Hansen raingear for the last 25+ years (yes, I even had an awful Gore Tex I jacket). Both types are excellent - waterproof, breathable and durable. I've used them in some pretty severe situations and they've worked great.
One thing to look for with Gore Tex is what is the outer layer. I have a great 10 year old Gore Tex jacket whose only failing is that the water resistant treatment on the outer layer is gone. I keep Scotchguarding it, but this wears off quickly. While you don't get wet, the outer layer gets saturated. Its much better when the water runs off - most Helly Hansen waterproof/breathable jackets are like this. For rain pants, I'm sold on Helly Hansen.
Make sure you wash your raingear correctly. I use the Nikwax products.
Pilotpip From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3119 posts, RR: 11 Reply 7, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1685 times:
I would suggest staying away from anything with cotton in it if you're looking for a breathable fabric. Cotton absorbs moisture and you'll get just as wet on the inside of your raingear as you will on the outside.
I would also agree on the gore-tex. Good stuff. There are many other manufacturers making rain shells out of materials similiar to gore-tex now. The only problem with most of them is that they don't work as well.
DALMD88 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2451 posts, RR: 15 Reply 8, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1656 times:
I just use the company provided stuff which is OK in a little rain and must be Scotchgaurded regularly. If I was in your situation I would go for the Helly Hansen stuff. I had some friends that were commercial fisherman and they swore by it for the North Atlantic.
AeroWeanie From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1605 posts, RR: 52 Reply 11, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1553 times:
Scotchguard is a spray-on water repellancy product that 3M makes. Here in the US, you can buy it in hardware stores, fabric stores and some supermarkets. Its nasty stuff - spray it on in a well ventilated space (I wear a filter mask). For more info: http://www.3m.com/us/home_leisure/scotchgard/
JHSfan From Denmark, joined Apr 2004, 469 posts, RR: 2 Reply 12, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1520 times:
Alternatives to Gore-tex exists. Even Dupont makes or did make an alternative. But not all alternatives work that well. If the holes in the membrane are too big, the rain will be able to enter your cloth through the holes and and you will get "rain-wet".
So if you want to play safe stick to Gore-tex. If someone you know has had one of the alternatives for some time and is positive you could give that brand a chance. Btw - maybe you can find some thorough tests on the internet of rainwear.
Please pay attention to how Gore-tex works in the Mumbai climate. The Mumbai climate must be tropical. If the humidity is getting high, Gore-tex and other materials may not work the way you want it. You should be able to find some info on the internet as well.
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