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Old 12-09-2012, 11:30 AM
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Default Aerostich Roadcrafter Leakage

Yesterday I trusted the weather forecaster and didn't put on rain gear but instead relied on my 5 year old one piece Roadcrafter to ward off any drizzle or light rain, as it has in the past. This time it turned out to be four hours of steady light rain. After three of the four hours the Stich began to leak and by the end of the trip I was pretty well soaked from the waist to my knees. The Stich was washed per directions this past Spring and a generous amount of Nikwax sprayed on. I stayed dry everywhere but the front waist area.
I recognize this is a long standing complaint but I did a search and while I got hits, most are somewhat aged, and I wondered if anyone has come up with a way to eliminate or minimize rain seepage in the crotch area.
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Old 12-09-2012, 11:38 AM
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Maybe Seam Seal, the same stuff you use on tent flys?
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Old 12-09-2012, 12:10 PM
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It's the one thing that irritates me about my suit, you do need to use seam seal on the stitching. What irritates me about that, is that for the price they should do it for you. But it does make a big difference. I'd get the type they sell or recommend, I've had good results with it.
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It's the one thing that irritates me about my suit, you do need to use seam seal on the stitching. What irritates me about that, is that for the price they should do it for you. But it does make a big difference. I'd get the type they sell or recommend, I've had good results with it.
The redesigned new suits are not supposed to leak.
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Old 12-09-2012, 01:52 PM
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Default Stich is very specific....

...that you must seam seal the stitching.

Use their seam sealer, great stuff.

I did mine several years ago, have it laundered with Nikwax, and I have never gotten wet inside my one-piece Roadcrafter.
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5 year old suit? I'd expect some compromise due to wear and tear on the fabric and seams. I sent my 2 piece back for velcro and zippers after 5 years.
I use the nikwax wash/watertreatment about once a year and spray camp dry on the suit too.
I had a one piece Rukka rain suit that died in the same area as your suit after a number of years. Stuff does wear out!

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Old 12-09-2012, 05:36 PM
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Default wasking and waterproofing my RC suit

I use the 2 Nikwax products as directed. The Teck Wash for cleaning with an extra rinse cycle; then a waterproofing cycle (machine setting on "wash") but using the TX. Direct Wash-In and normal rinse. After it's important to use a dryer to "cure" the waterproofing treatment. I've never used seam sealer and am surprised why my zippers don't leak and I do stay dry.
My 2 pc suit jacket does have custom pleats in each side allowing the jacket to flare slightly, so it does aver-lap and cover my crotch area well and isn't tight.
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After it's important to use a dryer to "cure" the waterproofing treatment.

Now that's a step I wasn't aware of. I'll have to give it a try next time.
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Thanks, I'll give the Seam Grip a try (from Amazon, no shipping/handling)
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:37 AM
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A few years ago I bought a Motoboss two-piece rain suit on sale at Cycle Gear for (IIRC) around $50. Wore it daily on a trip to AK and after several days of pouring rain had nary a drop inside. It's kind of heavy and bulky, but works like a charm against both rain and wind. No Seam Seal, no nuthin'.
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