Hi, do you have any technical information about your proprietary Peak membrane? And how does it compare to your Elements product, as well some other popular products out on the market? I am considering purchasing a Heliovale jacket, but I don't have any experience with the Peak membrane. My experiences with Elements have not been entirely positive. Thank you.
I will take the silence from REI to mean that this is a question that does not have an easy answer. Well, I went ahead and purchased the Heliovale anyway (since I didn't want to miss the sale price), but I returned it yesterday, as I still don't know if Peak is just Elements renamed.
Knowing this is important to me because I have had 3 jackets with Elements fail. In two instances, the Elements membrane de-laminated and tore. In the other case, the shoulder seams must have failed because I would consistently get wet in the shoulder area.
In the end, I went with the Eddie Bauer All-Mountain Stretch jacket. This solved my need to have a medium-weight rain jacket. In fact, either jacket, the Heliovale or the EB jacket fit my requirements. But the availability of some technical data, as well as the better return/exchange policy makes EB products the safer choice.
@TMK apologies for the delayed response; we were working with our Co-op Brands team to try to provide you with a detailed description of the difference between the 2 technologies. Although it sounds like you've found another jacket, here are a few things you might consider for the future:
Again, apologies for the delayed response and hope some of this information is helpful in the future!