I took advantage of a brief change of venue to test out the water-resistance of the Wild Things Epic hooded windshirt I've had for a few months. This morning in Ann Arbor MI, the sky dumped a moderate-to-serious drizzle for several hours.
So, I suited up and walked around for half an hour, on flat ground and with low exertion. Temps were in the upper 50s, so internal condensation was *not* an issue.
Here's what happened:
The thing wetted out! I thought Epic was supposed to be very hydrophobic due to fiber encapsulation . . . but after just a few minutes of walking, first the bunched-fabric above my wrist soaked through, then higher up my arm, and so on. When the rain picked up, I started getting noticeably wet inside (and I recognize that this is because I need to seal up the shoulder seams), but once this started, within minutes the whole top half of the jacket had truly *wet out*. I didn't understand it.
I came back inside, shook off, spread the jacket out over a chair, and 40 minutes later the thing was still a little damp.
Isn't this *not* what Epic is supposed to do? I was very disappointed. My Patagonia Continental pants that I was wearing didn't wet out at all, and were almost completely dry the minute I stepped inside. Of course, they have a fresh DWR . . . but shouldn't Epic be competitive with that?
Commentary needed. This was the weather-protection piece that I was planning on taking on my upcoming year traveling round-the-world, but now I'm wondering if I should rethink my choice. I've heard great things about the Ready Mix . . .
Anyway, help me out, thanks.