Re: [BackpackGearTest] Frogg Toggs Second Report
- Good report.
Also parallels my experience so far -- both in type of exposure (e.g., just
walking around) and in the results.
I am waiting until I get some real mileage w/ a pack before I post an
owner's report. I am very interested in how the fabric holds up to wear
under the shoulder straps.
BTW -- Frogg Toggs come out of the sportsmen's world -- primarily fishing.
Most fishermen wear hat, or rather caps. Hence most users wear the hood
over a cap w/o a bill. That won't effect the neck leak, but explains the
BTW2 -- The ends of my sleeve leak around the stitching, as well as when I
raised my hand to wipe my face (and I don't have small diameter wrists). I
suspect all the sewn seams leak.
----- Original Message -----
From: JONES, PHILIP T <phil-t-jones@...>
Sent: Monday, September 10, 2001 9:31 AM
Subject: [BackpackGearTest] Frogg Toggs Second Report
> REPORT #2
> TESTER: Phil Jones
> AGE: 46
> EMAIL: phil-t-jones@...
> ITEM: Frogg Toggs PA102 Pro Action Rain Suit
> Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to check out the Frogg Toggs in
> action. We were expecting rain all weekend and on Sunday, it came with a
> vengeance. This was a perfect opportunity to see how well the suit would
> I put on the rain suit and started walking toward Lake Pontchartrain. It
> a four-block walk to the lake and there is a bike trail along the lake.
> rain had cooled things off, so it was 76 degrees when I took my walk.
> 5 minutes of walking, I started to feel a little clammy with the rain suit
> on. It was still raining hard and the wind was blowing about 15 miles per
> hour so I couldn't open up the coat at all for venting purposes. I didn't
> make it to the lake since the lightening was striking hard, and I didn't
> want to expose myself anymore by crossing the raised levee. So, I
> to walk the streets in the neighborhood.
> I looped back home and spent a total of fifteen minutes in the rain. After
> taking off the rain suit, I made the following observations:
> 1) I felt clammy in the rain suit.
> 2) The collar area of the coat was wet.
> 3) The zippers at the bottom of the legs were very wet and soaked
> 4) I had several small wet spots on the front of my t-shirt.
> 5) My face was uncomfortably wet from the blown rain.
> All of the fused seams appeared to be completely waterproof. However, the
> sewn seam around the collar leaked. It didn't leak enough that water
> into the rain suit, just enough to dampen the inside of the collar area. I
> did make sure that I pulled out the little protective flap at the base of
> the hood. This flap prevents rain from running into the zippered collar
> where the hood is stored when not in use. I couldn't tell if the water on
> the front of my shirt resulted from rain blown around the storm flap or if
> the sewn seam on the front of the coat had leaked. The two zippers at the
> bottom of the legs did leak water onto my socks. This wasn't a big issue
> since my shoes were completely soaked anyway from the heavy rain. I did
> that I had worn a baseball cap with a visor over my face. It was very
> difficult to walk with my head down to prevent windblown rain from
> the rain suit. I'm sure that a built in visor won't add very much weight
> the coat though. So, this might be an area for improvement. Also, the ends
> of the sleeve did leak when I raised my hand to wipe my face, but this
> be a result of my small diameter wrists. I think that pit zips would add
> more comfort to the rain suit by allowing air to enter from below and exit
> around the color. Another possibility would be to put a drawstring at the
> bottom of the coat instead of elastic, thus allowing the user to let fresh
> air into the suit from the bottom of the coat.
> For my next test, I will keep the built in hood in its pocket and use my
> Seattle Sombrero. I want to see if this helps the collar seam from
> I may also apply some silicone chalking to the two seams on the coat, the
> collar and the front zipper storm flap.
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