Any thoughts on getting the bonded cotton vs nylon Macktintosh rain coat? likely the Dunoon.
I am most interest in which is less of a sweatbox and style. My guess is the bonded cotton is a better less wrinkled fabric.
If you're going to get a Mackintosh, get the real deal. Bonded cotton.
+1. eVent sounds promising, but I've never tried it. Polartec has a new thing called NeoShell that's supposed to be very breathable too. I've owned Gore-Tex stuff for about 25 yrs and it's great stuff if you're going to be out in hard rain for long periods. Sympatex is good too. The problem with Gore-Tex, and I would guess any fabric that needs to have the seams taped, is that the seam tape degrades, rendering the garment permeable.
That's why i went w/ a Ventile coat when I wanted a raincoat a couple years ago. Figured it would age well. Haven't had much chance to use it though. If you want one of those, Luxire, which made mine, is a good bet. They've also recently establised a relationship with Schoeller and soon will be offering seam-taped waterproof garments, if they haven't already.
Interesting points. Any links to DIY taping? I thought it was really hard and required special machinery. Couldn't find much from a quick google search.
I have two that degraded: One a LL Bean 2 layer anorak bought in 92 with failed tape by 2002 (Maybe they'd fix it.) and the other a pre-Prada Belstaff motorcycle jacket bought in 2002 that failed in 2008. Actually, the Belstaff probably wasn't real GoreTex. Both had a lot of use before they failed.