Review : Vans « Vansguard » treatment on their SK8-HI reissue shoes
These shoes came in and I had to test their water repellancy treatment just to know if it will do the job for me.
I tried this model because I’ve had bad experience with their Vans SK8-Hi MTE Shoes that are just a joke.
This vansguard treatment is nothing more than a DWR aka Durable water repellent treatment.
Its function is to prevent the outer layer of fabric from becoming saturated with water. The saturation of the fabric leads to the loss of breathability of course and let finally the water come through. (wikipedia source for clarity)
My dummy test process: Couple of drops of water, let sit for 10 minutes, then I gently rub the water onto the fabric with my finger.
This is enough to test a DWR with all shell materials and other outdoors equipment that have a dwr treatment even none waterproof ones.
Well, with this test on those shoes, in no time, the upper fabric soaked the water in. after 10 minutes I could feel some freshness inside the shoe but couldn’t really tell if water came through. I guess these would be perfect for the occasional light rain or puddle.
Do not walk for a prolonged time in wet grass, these can’t handle it (neither MTEs). Quick city rain it is.