I've seen some adverts for gear that are made of "waxed cotton", does anyone have any experience with this stuff? Is it just mildly water resistant or something?
I was looking at the Icon "Superduty" pants. They're cheap enough that I think I'd just buy a new pair rather than having the wax redone or anything. How do you clean them? Dry cleaner?Slightly better than a pair of jeans.....just!
It also needs to have the wax redone every now and then. Also cleaning it is a pain in the ass. Unless you're into the retro look I would stay away and get something a little more modern and that you can dryclean.....
That said I have a Belstaff waxed cotten jacket in my collection. It smells bad and looks thrashed but I love it. To each his own.....
don't buy it... gortex/leathers/kevlar or go home.
In 1990 I bought some waxed cotton stuff because there was no BCSB, now I know better and knowing is half the battle.
Waxed cotton is unreal for being water proof. On our farm we tried Gortex and all the other hiker hippy crap they sell at MEC. The jackets would last about 3 years not needing any wax re added. They would get filthy and used in farm conditions never leaked plus they breath . Gortex is over rated wants it gets dirty it leaks.
The Belstaff has been used in England for years for one reason it works. The English are about 5 to 6 years ahead of us with bikes and trends. I've worn Belstaff for years and it's by far the best for wet weather.
Depending on it's stitching, thickness, and if it has armor in it or not. Most of the waxed cotton stuff I've seen was the old-school stuff, about the thickness of Carhartts, and unarmored. It would be better than nothing. I'd check out the newer Belstaff's if you want the look. This is probably one of the best of the bunch:hmm, probably on par with jeans or something, eh?