The Ultimate DryVent™ Guide

Text by: Kelsey Begg

The North Face. The Ultimate DryVent™ Guide

Waterproof outerwear is a necessary essential for any wardrobe no matter the season or the wearer’s style. Whether you have a closet full of waterproof garments or you rely on that one classic raincoat that’s gotten you through the toughest showers, there are a variety of waterproof fabrics and membranes which are sure to get the job done.

While GORE-TEX® has become the most popular and well-known, others like Dry.Q™ and DryVent™ are also very common. Some waterproof fabrics and membranes are specific to particular brands, while others, such as GORE-TEX®, are used by a variety of brands for both fashion outerwear and technical outerwear. Dry.Vent™, in particular, is most commonly used in The North Face products.

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What is DryVent™?

DryVent™, which was commonly referred to as HyVent™ in the past, is a fabric that has been engineered to be not only windproof and breathable but fully waterproof as well. This fabric is equipped with a DWR treatment located on the outer face fabric which allows water droplets to form and be repelled from the surface of the fabric keeping the wearer dry.

These DryVent™ fabrics can be found in a variety of products and will range in different types of weights, textures and performance characteristics. From outerwear and apparel to accessories, DryVent™ will be branded on all items that are fully taped, waterproof and breathable. 

Different Types of DryVent™

Like the different levels of a raincoat, DryVent™ is also available in 2L, 2.5L and 3L fabrics. Each level of DryVent™ will be designed for a specific type of product and meet the performance requirements of the user. 

the north face athlete running

DryVent™ 3L

Primarily used for high-performance products where the user is more extreme and practising in more severe conditions where extremely durable and breathable products are necessary.

the north face mens ceptor 3l jacket

Ceptor 3L Jacket


DryVent™ 2.5L

Most commonly used for those embarking on highly active, fast and light pursuits. This user requires a product that is both lightweight and highly packable. 

the north face womens venture 2 jacket

Venture 2 Jacket


the north face leonidas 2 jacket

Leonidas 2 Jacket


the north face mens venture 2 jacket

Venture 2 Jacket


DryVent™ 2L

The most versatile of the three. This is used most commonly across all the categories and is often found in clothing and accessories which are lined with a secondary fabric to increase the warmth of the user. Traceable 

the north face womens cross boroughs triclimate jacket

Cross Boroughs Triclimate® Jacket


the north face womens shredromper bib

Shredromper Bib


the north face mens resolve 2 jacket

Resolve 2 Jacket


the north face mens rambler jacket

Rambler Jacket


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There is 2 thoughts on this article titled “The Ultimate DryVent™ Guide”.

  1. The most important thing is whether DryVent is a teflon based membrane or not. Most of the GoreTex replacements are not teflon, like GoreTex is, but a urethane treated fabric that works well for awhile but fails much sooner, especially in hot, humid conditions, like if you sweat. If you leave a GoreTex Jacket in the trunk of your car, it will be fine forever. Urethane based products will fail pretty soon, usually at and around the hood. Every time I tried an alternative, I was disappointed. No surprise that companies will not tell you what their waterproof breathable fabric is. Trade secret, blah, blah.

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