I’m a great lover of MOLLE backpacks for their convenience and utility, but generally they’re not waterproofed.
Enter “Good Idea” - while I (or more correctly Mrs MD) am putting my other kit through Nik-Wax Tec wash and proofing in the washing machine, how about throwing in the backpack?
All went fine and when dry throwing water at the pack resulted in it going into little balls and rolling off the way it should. Result!
First inkling of trouble came when I got kitted up to tackle the first hill since the treatment… did up the chest strap and the stitching holding the buckles on literally unravelled… the other buckles stayed on, but the webbing slipped easily through the adjusters and wouldn’t hold tight. Consequently, instead of being tightly and comfortably strapped to my upper back the pack hung down against my lower back, bringing considerable discomfort and aches to back and shoulders
My guess is the waterproofer contains something that lubricates the polyester webbing so it won’t stay in place. Will try washing it out of the critical bits, but the pack is showing signs of wear and replacement was nigh anyway. The new one won’t be getting the same treatment :-s
73 de Paul G4MD