H2No® Performance Standard is Patagonia’s benchmark for waterproofness, breathability and durability, which ensures a high level of long-term performance backed by our Ironclad Guarantee. H2No Performance Standard products undergo the most rigorous testing in the industry. Killer Wash is Patagonia’s proprietary wet flex test that simulates years of use in drenching conditions. The H2No Performance Standard for waterproof shell garments is 20,000 MM before, and 10,000 MM after our Killer Wash test (per JIS L 1092 B). We also send our ambassadors and testers into the field to punish these garments in every possible condition to expose any potential weakness in materials or construction. We reject any garment that does not pass our tests, regardless of technology or fabric supplier. Whether it’s a bomber 3-layer alpine shell or a pared-down rainwear piece, the same rules apply.
3-layer H2No® Performance Standard fabrics are waterproof and breathable by virtue of an advanced combination of elements: a water-repellent shell fabric, a waterproof barrier and an interior scrim fabric. This fabric package is completely waterproof, windproof, breathable and highly durable.
From the PCT to MVTR
For a brief history of waterproof barriers and more information on measuring Moisture Vapor Transfer Rates, visit our company blog and read "From the PCT to MVTR" by Patagonia customer service guru Old School.