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How The First Waterproof Jackets Kept Us Dry

How The First Waterproof Jackets Kept Us Dry

Long before Gore-Tex or Patagonia’s H2No, people kept the rain off their backs with the most obvious of repellants: oil. It was a trick gleaned from mariners in the 1500s. Sails slicked with grease and oil better navigated nasty storms by beating back water. Between then and now, fabric impregnated…