Is the Loro Piana Storm System really that effective?
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I've got the Piana Rossignol team jacket with the storm system and it's great. I've worn it in very cold, windy, snow conditions with no problems. I probably would choose a Mountain Hardware or HH shell for really rugged conditions, but the storm system definitely keeps out the elements.
Don't really know how to measure its actual effectiveness, but I have a Barrage coat with Storm System which I wear it both rainy & cold weather when I'm dressed casually. It seems to keep me dry, so it's good enough for me!
Mind you, the Barrage has a synthetic exterior; I don't have a natural material Storm System-treated jacket if that's the comparison you're more interested in.
It's more out of respect for the cashmere than anything else. The supposed added windproof and waterproof ability afforded to the LP cashmere by the "Storm System" treatment is nice......but in my opinion nice to brag about.
The English climate is pretty temperate so even when we have what we would consider really cold & wet weather, it seems to do fine with a jumper & shirt underneath. I've worn it in the snow with similar layers underneath (and scarf & gloves) and felt fine. The Barrage has a puffy layer of insulation in it though, which not all S/S outerwear has IIRC. Mind you, S/S treatment doesn't add warmth; it's about waterproofing.
It's great for keeping you dry and warm.
But you've got lots of options, ranging from cashmere and wool to synthetics, all with Storm System.
You might start with a less expensive choice.
The one downside is when you go inside--the water will keep dripping off.
But that is also true for most fabrics and trench coats. The only way to keep bone dry is to go the route of modern synthetics (i.e. Gortex) . But, unless I'm camping or on a motorcycle I don't need that level of protection
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