Does Waterproof Also Mean Windproof?

If you just bought a new waterproof jacket but all those labels got you confused and you’re not sure if the jacket is also windproof, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s everything you need to know about waterproof and windproof fabrics.

Are waterproof jackets also windproof? Waterproof jackets described as such by the manufacturer are also windproof. The water repellent fabric they are made of also acts as a barrier against the wind. The most important thing to take into consideration is how well the jacket cinches around your neck, hips, and wrists as these are the place where you’re really feel the cold. 

What makes a jacket windproof?

For a jacket to be windproof, its threads must be wound very tightly so as to create a physical barrier against the wind. Windproof jackets keep you warm by retaining as much body heat as possible within the garment.

As you can see, a good wind resistant jacket prevents body heat from dissipating through the garment and also blocks chill gusts of wind from affecting you.

How to test if your jacket is windproof

If you’re still not sure whether your jacket it windproof or not, you can take a blow drier and blow cold air through it. While this test doesn’t compare to the intensity of chill gusts of wind on a cold evening, it should give you an idea of how wind resistant your jacket is.

If there is something you’d like to add about waterproof jackets and their wind resistance, feel free to comment below.

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Last updated in October 2021 to add additional references.

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