How to stay as dry as a bone

Posted: 28 June 2013
by Tom Higham

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A viral video this week showed a magical product called NeverWet. This 'superhydrophobic' spray-on coating creates a barrier repelling not just water, but also mud, ice and even mustard and fizzy drinks. Although a similar video was seen a couple of years ago, the product is finally ready for the public (at least in the US) to buy and gathering interest.

Costing $20 for two cans (a base coat and top coat) this eagerly awaiting product is about to hit US shelves at Home Depot.

For bikers, this could make not only help ensure 'waterproof' jackets, boots and gloves become truly water resistant, but it can do so whilst ensuring that these items are still breathable (as it allows water vapour from boots and jackets to pass through the barrier in gaseous form).  

I've only touched on the obvious uses here, but imagine parking a bike up in a heavy shower only to come back to a dry seat seconds later. You could ride off-road all day without having to jet wash everything on your return home. No more panicking at dark clouds over the motorway just as you realise you left your mobile in an outside pocket. Or having to pull over to protect a laptop/sandwiches/library books that are in a tatty old canvas rucksack.

If this product can really help keep riders dry, bikes shiny and visors clear, then all I can say is "take my money!".

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This product was reviewed by a couple of members of's sub-forum for motorcyclists .. and it seems kinda shit!

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 01:55

Hmm,I hope this does prove to be good stuff, as it will truly be a boon but the 'testing' they do on these videos always seems to amount to gently trickling gloop/liquid onto the protected surfaces. I'll be truly convinced when they can blast a high pressure jet of water/gloop onto a protected surface for several hours (as would be the case riding a bike in a heavy downpour when on a long run) and afterwards for it still remains as perfectly clean and dry as when it started out.

Posted: 03/07/2013 at 16:39

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