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HAWK21M
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Rainwear Advice

Fri May 06, 2005 9:42 pm

Since the Annual monsoons is a month away at Mumbai [Bombay],And another year of getting soaked at work begans  Smile
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  Smile
Presently only solution I have is to carry along a spare set of Clothes.
Anyone with Good Rainwear solutions.
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MEL
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RE: Rainwear Advice

Fri May 06, 2005 10:26 pm

You're going to sweat in all raingear, it's more of a question of how much. Breathable fabrics are better but more expensive.

Failing that, if you don't want your clothes to get wet, go naked!  Wink (ok maybe not, especially if you're a bloke).

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RE: Rainwear Advice

Fri May 06, 2005 11:44 pm

Gortex rules. You don't sweat and it keeps you dry.
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RE: Rainwear Advice

Fri May 06, 2005 11:57 pm

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.
 
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RE: Rainwear Advice

Sat May 07, 2005 12:27 am

Quoting Geoffm (Reply 1):
You're going to sweat in all raingear,

There was one with cotton layered inside,so no sweat.But was not able to hold back Rain water for long.

Quoting Ralgha (Reply 2):
Gortex rules

Airweave...
Any Link.

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  

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RE: Rainwear Advice

Sat May 07, 2005 12:36 am

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RE: Rainwear Advice

Sat May 07, 2005 1:10 am

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.
 
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RE: Rainwear Advice

Sat May 07, 2005 2:46 am

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.

Waterproof, breathable, inexpensive. Pick two.
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RE: Rainwear Advice

Sat May 07, 2005 4:58 am

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.
 
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RE: Rainwear Advice

Sat May 07, 2005 4:09 pm

Quoting Ralgha (Reply 5):
http://www.gore-tex.com

Excellent Link.Thanks.

Quoting AeroWeanie (Reply 6):
I keep Scotchguarding it, but this wears off quickly.

How'd you do this Scotchguarding stuff.

Quoting Pilotpip (Reply 7):
Waterproof, breathable, inexpensive. Pick two.

I'd pick the Former Two def  bigthumbsup 

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RE: Rainwear Advice

Sat May 07, 2005 10:01 pm

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 9):
I'd pick the Former Two def

I don't know if I would. One good summertime thunderstorm like we get here will make you think it's raining inside your rain suit too!
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RE: Rainwear Advice

Sun May 08, 2005 9:01 am

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/

Regarding Nikwax products:
http://www.nikwax-usa.com/
 
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RE: Rainwear Advice

Sun May 08, 2005 8:02 pm

HAWK21M -
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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RE: Rainwear Advice

Mon May 09, 2005 2:00 am

Quoting JHSfan (Reply 12):
Please pay attention to how Gore-tex works in the Mumbai climate.

Exactly the problem out here.If it does not rain,one sweats because of the rainwear & the rain is very unpredictable.
Require something around Temp of 26-28 degC in aHumidity of 75-80%.
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RE: Rainwear Advice

Mon May 09, 2005 2:14 am

I think that much Gore-tex clothing has been made for a colder climate than Mumbai's. Probably more like Denmark or the UK or part of North America.

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Mon May 09, 2005 4:05 pm

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