Originally Posted by KingOfFleece
The bucket test will expose faulty seams in a hurry.
A good garden hose will do a good job in lieu of a rainstorm.
I have several SCUBA dry suits with zippers. They don't leak at 100 feet down which is WAY more pressure than we see on our bikes. Zippers should not leak.
Not sure whether increasing but fairly even surrounding water pressure at depth equates to the pressure of driving wind and rain going 70 mph down the road, but it's a nice graphic comparison and I agree, zippers should not leak. That's what the double protection of the zipper covers should take care of on riding gear, unless they're not placed well or designed properly. As for arm tensioners, same applies, but common sense for the rider should also prevail not to keep them too taught. Hoping to order the Badlands jacket this week, so I guess I'll see whether they stand up to their reputation.