All Skidoo jackets offer protection from the elements, but to different degrees. While some are effective against light showers, others are designed for higher performance, resisting water at 10,000 mm H₂O. It’s best to check individual specifications for details.
For a fabric to be waterproof and breathable, it needs to be slightly hydrophilic (water-loving) and hydrophobic (water-resisting) - luckily, all of our jackets are PFC free too. The last thing you need is for the fabric to be completely impervious. It might keep you dry from the rain, but your own sweat will soon build up inside, making you damp and uncomfortable.
That’s why there are ratings for how much water pressure a fabric will resist. It’s a balance between being completely watertight and being breathable. Advanced fabrics cope with this balance better, keeping more rain and snow out, while removing perspiration.
You should choose a jacket based on how exposed to water you think you’ll be.
0–5000 mm H₂O: light drizzle, dry snow
6000–10,000 mm H₂O: light rain, average snow
11,000–15,000 mm H₂O: average rain, average snow
You’ll find the water-resistance of any Skidoo jacket in its product description.