The Ultimate Dry.Q™ Guide

Text by: Kelsey Begg

Hiking & Trekking, Mountain Hardwear, Running, Ski & Snowboard. The Ultimate Dry.Q™ Guide

When it comes to staying dry while enjoying your favourite activities in the outdoors no matter what the weather is, Mountain Hardwear has found the secret. While GORE-TEX® is one of the most common and renowned waterproof membranes found within the outdoor industry, there are many others that although often lost in the shuffle, perform remarkably. Dry.Q™ for example, is a waterproof technology used by Mountain Hardwear that allows air and moisture to pass through the fabric outward keeping the wearer dry and comfortable.

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What is Dry.Q™?

Dry.Q™ technology is used in Mountain Hardwear’s waterproof products and is available in 4 separate types. The most premium waterproof-breathable products in the Alpine Snowwear and Mountain collection offered from Mountain Hardwear will be crafted with Dry.Q Elite which offers the most breathability. This is done when high rates of moisture evaporation and air permeability are combined at all body temperatures so you can feel dry and comfortable whether you’re exerting yourself or not. The breathability of most traditional waterproof-breathable technologies usually requires high body heat before it kicks in whereas Dry.Q Elite is ready to work as soon as you put the garment on.

For those outdoor enthusiasts looking for a durable and comfortable waterproof-breathable shell that will suffice for the harshest pursuits in a variety of temperatures, Mountain Hardwear’s Dry.Q Elite is a force to reckon with.

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Other Forms of Dry.Q™ Technology

Dry.Q is also available in other forms which are listed below. These different types are designed for specific products and specialized usage. If you are looking for a waterproof-breathable shell but aren’t a weekend warrior scaling the icy walls of wall-like mountains on your days off from work, there is still a Dry.Q product fit just for you.

  • Dry.Q™ Active is often used in Mountain Hardwear’s Excel sportswear collection. These products are designed to be lightweight, stretchy, waterproof and breathable for high-output sports such as running or skate skiing. Dry.Q Active technology provides the wearer with the waterproof protection of a shell and superlight, stretch fabrics. These products are designed with fabrics that are engineered layer by layer resulting in a lightweight rain-jacket that is not only highly waterproof but also stretchy and boasts the same moisture managing properties as a running top.

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Stretch Ozonic 2.0 Waterproof Jacket

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Stretch Ozonic 2.0 Waterproof Jacket

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  • Dry.Q™ Core, similar to the Dry.Q Elite, is found across the Mountain Hardwear Alpine, Snowear and Mountain collections although it is designed for those outdoor enthusiasts who don’t necessarily need elite level performance. It is versatile and used among products for a variety of outdoor activities from outdoor alpine pursuits to enjoying powder days in the mountains.

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