Apr 1, 2013 at 1:55 pm #1301170
It seems like the Houdini is a very popular and common piece of gear here, so hopefully i will get some feedback about this. I was mainly wondering how long can one realistically expect the DWR to last on this if fairly constantly used?
When i bought the Brooks LSD II jacket, i hadn't realized that the Houdini had a special and unusually long lasting DWR treatment. If i had known that, i would have just gone with the Houdini right off despite the extra cost.Apr 1, 2013 at 2:43 pm #1971769
W I S N E R !BPL Member
Long lasting DWR? Huh.
I love the Houdini, but I couldn't testify to it even having a DWR.
Seems to wet-out in light rain or from brushing against wet vegetation awfully quick to me…but then I don't expect it to protect me from water: its a wind shirt.Apr 1, 2013 at 2:59 pm #1971779
I don't have any experience either way, so can't say really, but from what i've read here and other places recently, it's supposed to have a Epic like DWR that is long lasting. Not necessarily long lasting during an actual use, but can be refreshed many times without needing to reapply more DWR.
Perhaps you got a lemon? Either way, thanks for the feedback. If others say similar, i guess my Brooks choice wasn't that bad then.Apr 1, 2013 at 4:05 pm #1971796
My 2012 Houdini was a lemon. Left arm had no DWR.
I received a replacement, the 2013 Houdini last at least 30min in light/normal rain. Its so good that I don't even bother bringing my hard shell if I don't expect heavy rain.Apr 1, 2013 at 6:15 pm #1971831
God i hope i dont have a lemon, ordered from Mountaingear for 55$ havent gotten to test it out yet actually have to send it back for a larger size.Apr 2, 2013 at 6:59 am #1971952
Ike JutkowitzBPL Member
@ikeLocale: Central Michigan
I've worn the same monkey-vomit yellow houdini for the past three years. It is now patched in spots, but the DWR finish still seems as good as when I purchased it. I wash it frequently in sports wash, give it a quick tumble in the dryer, and it's good to go.
I used to hope it would wear out on me, but I think I'm finally starting to embrace the garishness of it. It is sometimes a welcome splash of color in an otherwise monochromatic world.Apr 2, 2013 at 7:25 am #1971957
@davecLocale: The West Slope
With proper care and feeding (ie washing, thorough rinsing, a bit of heat to reactivate) the DWR will last for a very long time. My original (2005ish) Houdini still had a fully functional DWR when I sold it last year.Apr 3, 2013 at 1:22 pm #1972441
Thank you for the feedback folks. So far, sounds a bit conflicting, but that might be due to the occasional lemons factor.
Me too Marc, me too, as i also ordered one from there.
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