|05-12-2008, 01:59 PM||#1|
Joined: Jun 2007
Location: Sil'con Valley
Hose Day! Testing Firstgear Granite
So. 1200gsceej and I are going to the great Northwest this summer from Sil'con Valley. Now most California summer riding is dry (other than scattered T-storms in the Sierra), there being an actual climate here. But up north? Gotta prepare for wet.
I have this old Firstgear Granite jacket, Hypertex with liner. It's not in production, so the question arises as to its waterproof characteristics. It's testing time!
Yesterday was Hose Day, requiring the services of a photographer (spouse), hosee (me), and hoser (Jones).
The garbing is seen below, with jacket, FG Mesh-tex 2.0 pants (with waterproof liner), Tourmaster Response boots, and gloves with $3.00 (Aerostitch catalog) rubber glove covers.
Here's Carl checking out the artificial rain.
And here's me, preparing for drips.
The actual water velocity from the nozzle was calibrated at... No. We didn't do that. There were two water flows: gentle and lots.
This all culminated in The Great Unbuttoning.
Completely dry on top. Note: Granite jacket comes with a liner, which wasn't used.
As expected the Mesh-tex pants shell were wet on the inside, as their liner is the only waterproof component.
And, in fact, a small amount of water did get through to one leg; it was later determined that I screwed up closing one of the liner zippers. These simple things get difficult with age. What'd you say?
But the jacket did as advertised. Good on you, Hypertex.
And thank you, hoser!
Ol' Badger screwed with this post 05-12-2008 at 07:03 PM Reason: title change
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