We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What is Water Resistant Clothing?

Malcolm Tatum
By
Updated May 21, 2024
Our promise to you
BeautyAnswered is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At BeautyAnswered, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Water resistant clothing is any type of garment that is treated with some type of finish that helps to repel water. Different from waterproof clothing, garments that are water resistant help to slow the penetration of the water through the fibers that make up the fabric, which in turn makes it much easier to remain comfortable in a wet environment for longer periods of time. Many different types of clothing are treated to be water resistant, ranging from simple all-weather jackets to hunting apparel.

Many types of water resistant clothing make use of artificial fibers that have an inherent ability to repel moisture. Two excellent examples are nylon and neoprene. Both of these materials are ideal for use in creating the outer shell of winter jackets as well as other outdoor items like camping gear. When treated with some type of polyurethane coating, they are able to hold up well during steady rain for quite some time, without causing any damage to the shell, lining, or any other section of the jacket.

Along with jacket shells, water resistant clothing also comes in more formal incarnations. An all-weather coat, ideal for wear over dress clothing, is usually constructed with a blend of water resistant fibers and possibly some natural fibers, like cotton. Coats of this type are usually designed to cover to the middle of the calf, making them idea for people who wear suits or business attire to the office or to different social gatherings. Coats of this type are often tailored to be lightweight, somewhat soft to the touch, and easy to clean. While most designs can be dry cleaned with ease, there are some that can also be spot cleaned using a clean damp cloth.

Other kinds of water resistant clothing are made for wear while participating in various types of sporting activities. Ski jackets and other types of ski apparel are often made using fabric blends that are treated to slow down the permeation of water into the garment. Hunting jackets and pants are also good examples, with the material treated to keep moisture out for the many hours spent lying in wait for various types of game.

When looking for water resistant clothing, it is important to know the difference between waterproof garments and those that are simply water resistant. Waterproof clothing is made of material that cannot be penetrated by water at all. By contrast, even the best water resistant clothing can eventually allow moisture to penetrate, if left exposed to rain or other forms of moisture long enough. Since there are several different methods of treating fabric to be water resistant, it is a good idea to check with the garment maker and determine just what type of resistance to moisture the garment can reasonably be expected to have. Keep in mind that less expensive garments are likely to use cheaper methods of treating for water resistance, and not hold up as well as more expensive items.

BeautyAnswered is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Malcolm Tatum
By Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum, a former teleconferencing industry professional, followed his passion for trivia, research, and writing to become a full-time freelance writer. He has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including BeautyAnswered, and his work has also been featured in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and newspapers. When not writing, Malcolm enjoys collecting vinyl records, following minor league baseball, and cycling.
Discussion Comments
By TalkingByte — On Mar 18, 2014

@TurtleeyMC - Water resistant clothing isn't much good in the exteme weather water sports or weather situations you describe anyway.

If you can't afford or don't want to buy special a special jacket for occasional use in rainy weather, plastic ponchos people use at sporting events are inexpensive and really do keep you dry for hours.

By TurtleeyMC — On Mar 17, 2014

Unless you are planning to venture out on the water or in an extreme rain storm, water resistant clothing will most likely be good enough to keep you dry in average situations.

Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum, a former teleconferencing industry professional, followed his passion for trivia, research, and writing...
Learn more
BeautyAnswered, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

BeautyAnswered, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.