100% Waterproof versus showerproof.

The Difference Between Waterproof And Showerproof Fabrics

Every parent knows that kids love to get dirty. Let them out the front door, and five minutes later they are back in with grass stains, mud smears and an inexplicable mixture of other grubbiness!

It is great for kids to head outside and get up to their elbows in messy play. Or to run outside during a rainstorm to jump in puddles…

But it is not so great for the parents who have to deal with the aftermath of soggy, filthy clothes.

Having said that, you don’t want to keep them away from the fun, adventures and learning opportunities either.  So, instead of keeping them locked indoors in front of a screen in wet weather, cover them up with some waterproof gear and let them at it!

Just make sure that before you send them out the door to make mud pies, double check that the clothes they are wearing are in fact waterproof, not just showerproof. It can mean the difference between a warm, dry child and a soggy cold one!

What Does Showerproof Mean?

Showerproof clothing will be the cheapest option, but not the most effective. It means that the fabric used to make the garment has been treated lightly with a moisture repellant coating. That coating allows water to roll off the surface.

But the coating is not very powerful. Anything beyond a light sprinkle of rain will soak through the material over time.

Showerproof clothing also doesn’t have special seams or zip protection. So, water will rapidly sneak into these areas, saturating the clothes underneath.

What Does Waterproof Mean?

Is waterproof fabric really waterproof?

There is a lot of variation in waterproofing. But generally, the answer is yes. And the answer is definitely yes here at Little Ducks!

For something to be classed as waterproof, it must have seam protection and a protected zipper, along with a decent coating. Most of the coatings used to make fabric water resistant are polyurethane (PU).

These coatings work by filling in the tiny gaps between threads so that no water can seep through.

How Is Waterproofing Measured?

If you are looking to buy waterproof clothing, you will want to check something called the hydrostatic head (HH) rating. This rating will always appear in millimetres. The lowest rating will be 800mm and the highest 10,000mm.

The rating doesn’t refer to the thickness of the coating or the material. Imagine a two-metre thick jacket, you’d have to roll out the door! But it measures the amount of water pressure the fabric can hold up to before it starts leaking.

For example, a fabric with a 2000mm HH can handle a continuous two-metre stream of water gushing upon it before it starts to seep through.

What Waterproof Rating Should I Look For?

The fabric of your average umbrella is 410mm, while a high-quality tent is from 1,000 to 10,000.

A quality waterproof garment for your kids should be able to withstand a decent bucketing down, so they can enjoy the great outdoors without getting damp.

A rating of 2,000 means it can handle 2000mm throughout the day without leaking – the perfect amount for a rainy day outside.

At Little Ducks, we want kids to enjoy time spent outside without getting cold and wet. The fabric we use is treated with a two-part waterproofing system, with a 2000mm waterproof coating over the top. The seams are all welded to be watertight, and all zippers are protected with storm flaps.

What does it all mean?

Put simply, it means your wee ones can confidently head outside to play, and stay snug and dry underneath!

If you are looking for a quality garment that will keep your little one snug and dry in all kinds of weather, then check out our range at the online store now.