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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-04-2008, 11:05 AM Thread Starter
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3 seasons. Worn every day. Now leaks in the elbow bends. The jacket is the Ballistic version, and it seems as though the water is weeping slowly through the material rather than coming in through a seam.

Anyone have a fix for this? Is there a way to reseal these jackets?

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After 2 years of around 15k miles a year, my Hein Gerick did the same thing, elbows and a bit on the chest.

Called HG to complain, they suggested I hand wash with a little detergent and then rinse with 'Nikwax TX.Direct Washin'. Its basically back to being waterproof.

But, when it really heavy and I'm riding more than an hour or so, I wear a thin, 100% waterproof breathable jacket (& pants) made by RedLedge. http://redledge.com/products/view/id/65.

I got this one, but it was on sale for around US$35.00. Hood is thin enough to be worn under a helmet so water doesn't go down your neck. It is 100% waterproof even after hours of torrential rain.

They are worn by one of the crews on Deadliest Catch, catching crab in the Bering Sea.
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Tents do the same thing after so many times of being wet the waterproofing just wears off so you have to put waterproof back on same with jackets.
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I find, the most comfortable gear isn't waterproof, so i ride with the best protection, and add rain gear if it rains. Works for me, they never leak! Ive done 700km interstate in constant downpour and my cheap raingear kept me dry. My helmet was soaked, and I had to chenge gloves every hour, but I was dry and warm.

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I find, the most comfortable gear isn't waterproof, so i ride with the best protection, and add rain gear if it rains. Works for me, they never leak! Ive done 700km interstate in constant downpour and my cheap raingear kept me dry. My helmet was soaked, and I had to chenge gloves every hour, but I was dry and warm.
For gloves I wear those yellow rubber gauntlets (for working with sewage) over riding gloves. NICE and DRY!

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What I've done to fix my problem is turn the darn thing inside out, and apply plumbers GOOP to the seams and area of the leaky sleave. It sticks like crazy and remains flexible... not waiting for a torrential downpour to test it out!

2007 Versys Black, V35 Bags, H&B Bars, Skidmarx Hugger.Fender Ex., Avon Distanzia, Braided Lines, Hella 65W bulbs Arrow Can, DNA Air filter, GIVI tall screen (for winter), PCIII, Baldwin Saddle. **SOLD**

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