Gore-Tex isn’t the only fabric in the waterproof jacket universe, there are plenty of different materials and technologies out there. Many of them do a great job and are well worth considering as an alternative to the ‘Big G’ if you’re looking for a new shell jacket.
So, to give you an idea of what else is available, we’ve taken a look at six waterproof jackets that are constructed with non Gore-Tex fabrics
If you’d like a little more info on any of the fabrics you can check out our waterproof jackets buyer’s guide where you can also find tips and advice on purchasing a new jacket.
Paramo Alta III Jacket (using Nikwax Analogy Waterproof)
The Alta III jacket is the brand’s latest all-round hill walking and mountaineering jacket made from its own distinctive fabric system, that’s protective, soft and highly breathable too. It’s ideal for damp, cold, British winter conditions.
Magic Plus: It works brilliantly in classic cold and damp UK winter climates like the Scottish highlands.
The Alta III, like all the brand’s waterproofs, is manufactured using Nikwax Analogy Waterproof technology, which is radically different from most other fabrics.
It works differently from conventional membrane fabrics by giving excellent humidity management when things get hot and sweaty using the Nikwax Analogy’s directional moisture control qualities.
The downside is that it’s significantly heavier than more conventional waterproof fabrics like Gore-Tex and not everyone likes the Paramo look.