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Is it really Waterproof?

Posted on September 6, 2011 by TwistedThrottle.com There have been 0 comments

Many manufacturers refer to their products as “waterproof”. However, we at Twisted Throttle think that term is ambiguous, which is why we define the level of sealing capability using one of three terms:

-Water repellent
-Weather resistant
-Waterproof

Water repellent

Products that are weather repellent are considered suitable for keeping contents dry when riding in light rain. Examples of weather-resistant products include the Bags-Connection tankbags and GPS Navi Bag, as well as SW-MOTECH TraX boxes where some water infiltration can be expected if rain becomes heavy or sustained.


Bags-Connection Navi Bag

Weather resistant

Products that are Weather-resistant should be considered suitable for keeping contents dry when riding in steadier rain. To help achieve the weather-resistant designation, manufacturers often include a water-resistant inner bag or liner. Weather-resistant products include, Bags Connection Rearbag, Racepack and Speedpack, which have flaps that overhang zippers.


Bags-Connection Rearbag

Waterproof

Products that are waterproof are impervious to water infiltration. Waterproof products are suitable for keeping contents dry under the most extreme conditions. Some can even be expected to keep contents dry when submersed under water. Waterproof products include, DrySpec Drybags, and Pelican Storm cases.

The level of waterproof protection you can expect is measured with many products by the IP Code (Ingress Protection Rating). The IP code cosists of the two letters "IP" and is followed by 2 numbers. The first number indicates the level of protection against solid objects (like dust). The second number rates the liquid ingress protection. The charts below shows the level of solids and liquid protection and the correlating number. By looking at the chart, we see that a product that is rated IP56 is almost dustproof and will withstand powerful jets of water for at least 3 minutes.

Solid Particle Protection (dust)

IP Level
Protect against
0
no protection
1
50mm and larger
2
12.5mm and larger
3
2.5mm and larger
4
1mm and larger
5
not entirely protected
6
Complete protection

Liquid Ingress Protection (dust)

IP Level
Protect against
0
no protection
1
Dripping water for 10 minutes
2
Dripping water when tilted to 15 degrees for 10 minutes
3
Spraying water for 5 minutes
4
Splashing water for 5 minutes
5
Water jets for 3 minutes
6
Powerful water jets for 3 minutes
7
Immersion up to 1 meter for 30 minutes
8
Immersion beyond 1 meter indefinitely

 

Look for one of these three terms when choosing which products are right for you.


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