splbound wrote in post #15739057
Interested to hear what Billingham says to you.
I wonder if it has anything to do with the leather piping on the flap catching the water like a gutter and then having the water then soak up through the material's edges?
They've asked me to send it back and that they'd send me a backup/replacement so I'd still have a bag while they check whats wrong with it. But I don't really want to do that as I've gotten quite attached to this particular bag (it was a gift), and the shipping fees from Hong Kong are quite pricey.
As to your second, and very observant point, I've begun wondering that myself just today; I tested it twice in the shower, and the second time I paid more attention to the way the water was behaving. It seems the water is running down along the leather trim bordering the main flap which gives rise to a very real possibility that it is being absorbed by the material under the flap when it is doing that, which would mean it is not actually soaking through the canvas. I will ask Billingham about this possibility and see if they can try replicate it. It is worth noting that I did just put the whole bag under the shower, including the top of the bag where the handle is (which was under my umbrella when I noticed the problem for the first time), and nothing made it through the fabric there, which is the most important area for waterproofing IMO. I may yet just decide to keep the bag.
Also, funny thing, I accidentally left my wallet in one of the front pockets when testing the bag under the shower the second time, and thankfully when I realised and went to get it out of the bag, it was bone dry (although I had put the bag in a room with a dehumidifier for an hour or so before realising, so it may be that the wallet got wet then dried out)...