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It has been a while since I heard, read anything about eVent “waterproof breathable” [BS as we know it] but today I read the following quip about their new product.

“Membrane technology developer eVent has said it enjoyed a return to in-person events at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Denver last month was looking forward to more.

It said new glove inserts that provide waterproof protection and a high level of comfort in a range of temperatures and conditions were among the products that prompted interest at the show.

Using the company’s Direct Venting technology, the inserts are constructed with a thin nonwoven laminate with “billions of micropores” to allow hand heat and sweat to vent away, while keeping wind, snow, sleet and rain out.”

What the eVent employees have little or no knowledge of is the simple fact that “mittens” keep hands warm and gloves do not.

They are taking their film and laminating it to this nonwoven in my educated opinion to make it easier to work with. Who counted the micropores to know there are billions of them? Are there billions per square inch as gore states or per linear yard 60 inches wide which is probably the width of the material. But does it really matter; NO!

When it is cold enough to wear gloves, your hands are going to get cold because you have separated your fingers. Put on a mitten and your fingers warm each other. When you wear gloves that are lined with a membrane laminated to a nonwoven you are guaranteed to trap what ever moisture comes out of your hands in the glove further causing them to get cold until the blood flow is stopped by the body so you now can enjoy very cold hands if you are wearing gloves with or without the eVent membrane.

Back in the 1960’s and early 70’s when I was very active in the ski industry there were companies that made gloves and one of them was Grandoe located in Gloversville, N.Y. Aside from the gloves for skiing they made a mitten called the boxing glove. I supplied them with their insulation and I was astounded how much they used. I can only take an educated guess as to the number of mittens of this model they sold, about 60/70 thousand pair. Back then they caused me to have more business, almost all of their competition started calling me for the original Lamilite [not that I called it Lamilite back then] because they all realized skiers wanted warm hands.

Today my Kodiak is modeled after the boxing glove. So if you are a skier and want warm hands need I say more.

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