Good quality water resistant cycling kit can be a ride-saver, but it can also be pretty expensive so it’s annoying when you find that it stops being effective.
Water resistant and waterproof clothing is treated with a finish that causes water droplets to form tiny beads on the surface of the fabric, making it work effectively. You can tell that the water resistance is lacking because the droplets will no longer bead but instead leave big round splodges.
Once this happens, the fabric will lose not only its water resistance, but also breathability as water blocks all that lovely technical fabric from doing its job.
The good news is that this does not mean you need to shell out for a new garment. Firstly, you can try treating the fabric with carefully administered heat. If this doesn’t work, there are a number of products available to help you bring your clothing back to life – one of which is Muc Off’s Fabric Protect.