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Old April 3rd, 2004, 04:33 PM   #1
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Waterproofing your bag

Hey! I got a couple of tips. I live in rainy Vancouver so sometimes I have to lug my gear around in the rain. I use one of those clear thick garbage bags for my Lowepro Nova 5 bag, when the rain is heavy. Most of you probably know about this simple trick, however. I have 2 older model Lowpro's---Lowepro's are real good---but many of the new models come with built-in rain jackets---something many of you may not know. Usually the rain here is very light, a mist-like fog. Do I use a baggy when the weather is like this? Naaa. (Here's the other tip.) I bought that all-weather spray stuff from my corner shoe repair shop and spayed it on the outside of my Lowepro. Now when the light rain showers down, the protective film repels it---like magic! :-))

Anyone have any other tips for rain protection?
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Old April 3rd, 2004, 08:14 PM   #2
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Cool tip Frank, Thanks! I'll have to try that one.
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Old April 4th, 2004, 04:38 AM   #3
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I use Scotch Water-proofing spray on all my bags and it works a treat. Both my Lowe-pro bags have been through Japanese typhoons, usually when we get the best surf, and didn't leak a bit. My Burton Zoom has been through heavy dumps of spring snow and spent hours sitting on the snow also without any leakage. I generally use 1 can per bag giving it a couple of coats and paying extra attention to the seams.
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Old April 4th, 2004, 02:38 PM   #4
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Great tip and perfect timing as I need a new pair of sneakers!
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Old April 4th, 2004, 11:29 PM   #5
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I use my can of food grade silicone. No oily solvents.

In Vancouver it rains through whole seasons though, that's tough.
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Old April 5th, 2004, 12:34 AM   #6
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You're telling me....

In Winnipeg they used to smear lard or oil on the sand bags, even mink oil. Today the bags used are waterproof. I wished the cam bag makers would take the cue.
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Old April 5th, 2004, 05:41 PM   #7
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Would the same treatment work on T shirts. That would be sad though with no more wet Tees. I guess that's the only upside to such a wet climate.

So which LowePro Video bag do you own?
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Old April 5th, 2004, 05:52 PM   #8
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The older Vidcam 2 and the older Nova 5. I have the Vidcam 2 lined with 1" packaging foam---when she drops, she bounces.
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