July 2014 Issue
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Mailport: July 2014
Iím looking for information on waterproofing foul-weather gear. The only place I can find a product is West Marine. Did you do a review on the different waterproofing products for foul-weather gear or would you be doing a review in the future?
Kaycee D., Coronado 25
In the February 2012 issueís Chandlery section, we evaluated foul-weather gear aftercare products marketed by sailing apparel-maker Gill (www.gillna.com). The kit included a re-proofing spray that testers liked better than Atsko Silicon Water Guard ($5/10.5 ounces), an inexpensive water-repellent spray that had a major chemical smell and proved less effective than the Gill re-proofer. The downside of the Gill spray is its price: $23 for 10 ounces, which is only enough to treat three jackets. The bonus is that itís designed specifically for use on foulies.
In our more extensive tests of fabric waterproofing sprays (see PS February 2014 and June 2004 online), testers tapped Gold Eagleís 303 High-Tech Fabric Guard spray as their favorite. These tests focused mainly on waterproofing canvas/Sunbrella, but the 303 is also safe to use on most foul-weather gear fabrics. However, we do recommend checking with the maker of your foulies before treating the fabric with the 303 ($26/16 ounces, www.303products.com).