I was just looking to see if anyone else was having an issue with the event leaking, and noticed this discussion. I am in fact the person who apparently has posted everywhere about how his event leaked (whiteblaze originally and then on this board two times or so).
I actually would love to know if other people have been having the issue. I suspect that it was largely due to the extended use the jackets got on the AT with rather limited washing in comparison to how the jacket would normally be used.
Full disclosure. My wife's jacket did in fact get sprayed with RAID in fontana dam. When BOTH our jackets started to weep in the arms and at the back of the neck in the Shenandoahs, we thought it odd that somehow that issue affected BOTH jackets, but they did tend to get washed at the same time. We also didn't wash them quite as frequently as we could have (as we wore them when washing our other clothes). We contacted ID, they were super nice, and they sent us two new jackets and we sent our old ones back. I did ask that they contact us with their test results as I was very interested what they found. I gave them my email and phone, but never got a call back.
So, 2 new jackets. Then in Maine mine started leaking again. I definately tended to wear mine more than my wife wore hers. Of course it takes a pretty serious rain before you REALLY notice the jacket is leaking, and it was the remnants of Katrina that was dumping rain on is, but it was very obvious that both were again leaking, mainly in the arms and the neck area. This is also the area that you expect to be most heavily effected by the skin oils, eh?
I also send this email to Blight support to see if they were interested in testing my 'failed' jacket to see if they could dispel the 'myth' or confirm and maybe find the real problem.
My wife and I both have the intergral designs eVent rainjackets. On our AT thru last year they started to leak near the midpoint of our trip, and integral designs was great to us, and they shipped out new ones even before they got the old ones, but there were still some nasty wet cold days. Now it appears mine is leaking again. It seems like a total failure, not leaking at a seam, but rather a weeping through the entire jacket, with the neck and arms being worse.
I'm wondering, have you heard of anything similar? Seems strange that this is now the 3rd jacket between 2 of us that has had this problem. We have washed them in the past. I'm wondering if you have the interest in examining and seeing if you can determine if, in fact, the jacket is truly weeping. It sure feels like it though. I wonder if the event is actually suffering from the same failure mode as orginal PTFE had - oil from the skin causing the water to wick through...
Let me know..."
They responded : "Dear Thomas,
Hmm, that does seem strange. I'll reassign this to Don, our clothing editor. He may have more information for you, or may simply want to know more about your experience. You should be hearing from him soon!"
I did get an email from him, but it was something to the effect, "I'm too busy now, I'll get back to you."
I still have this jacket. I really am loath to take it on an extended trip, but it is in fact my only rain jacket at the moment. I've been lucky enough to not have been in a rain storm since Maine...
I'm not trying to start a panic, but I am trying to see if anyone else out there has had a similar experience. I imagine that enough of these jackets have seen long hikes that we should have a good statistical basis by now. I would like to hear reports either way actually.
Anyway, just thought that I would speak up and let Thruhikers know that there MIGHT be an issue with the jacket on extended trips.
I actually have seen NO responses to my posts in those threads. Strange that the only response was in this thread, not officially about this topic at all.
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