Showerproof vs Waterproof

Written by Jaidyn Du Plessis

Showerproof vs Waterproof

When finally deciding to invest in some apparel to keep you dry, the question you may be wondering when trying to make your choice will it be “Showerproof or Waterproof?” Here are the differences between the two, and some common misconceptions that some may have. 


Showerproof jackets are made from tightly woven fabric with a durable water repellent (DWR) applied, causing water to roll off rather than soak in. Often against heavy rain one might think that a showerproof jacket is the way to go, but don’t let the name fool you. Showerproof jackets are best for light rain and won’t keep you very “showerproof” when it comes to downpours. Due to the primary protection of a showerproof jacket being via a repellent, they’re often quite light and easier to move around in. 


Waterproof jackets on the other hand, get their protection from actual waterproof materials, over a repellent. These jackets allow for the wearer to be dry even in the worst of conditions. On top of the already effective material the jacket is made of, it also utilises waterproof zippers and sealed seems to stop water from getting through the small gaps they’d often provide. Although the waterproof jacket is superior in its protection from water, they’re usually heavier and bulkier. 

Which is Better?

Both offer their pros and cons, and thus your decision will depend on the expected conditions. Showerproof won’t guarantee you protection from heavy rain, but will do the job against light showers, whilst also being light and breathable, whereas waterproof will provide the protection you need against downpours, with the downside of being a bit heavier and less breathable. 

Are you Branding?

It’s essential to choose the right type of vinyl for branding jackets to ensure the integrity and purpose of the garment are maintained. The vinyl adhesive used for branding needs to sit on top of the protective layer of the jacket without compromising its functionality. Different types of vinyl offer varying levels of durability, flexibility, and adhesion, so selecting the appropriate vinyl is crucial for a successful branding outcome. By considering factors such as the material of the jacket, the intended use, and the desired aesthetic, you can choose the best vinyl for branding that will both enhance the jacket’s appearance and maintain its protective qualities. Experimenting with different vinyl options and consulting with professionals can help you find the perfect match for branding your jackets effectively. 

By reaching out to us, you can discuss your options and receive expert guidance on the best printing solutions for your needs. Our team is dedicated to providing high-quality printing services tailored to your specifications, ensuring a professional result that meets your expectations. Don’t hesitate to contact Murnane Print to bring your ideas to life.