I already had a Precip jacket from Marmot with their proprietary waterproofing material and some pants with a GoreTex lining, both of which offer protection from rain, but I wanted to reserve those for hiking and use something else while riding my motorcycle. Enter Frogg Toggs. I hadn’t heard of them before, but when I was in a sporting goods shop somewhere the salesman tried to interest me in them. I wasn’t sold. I thought the material had a strange feel and the fit seemed awkward. Some days or weeks later, when I was in a motorcycle shop in Montrose, Colorado when they turned up again, and I read the promotional materials promising waterproof clothing, I took the Frogg Toggs plunge.
I bought a matching jacket and pants set, for about $90 if I recall the price correctly: style FT10322-27. I got a bit of a discount because there was a small stain on the jacket. One day I decided to give my Frogg Toggs clothing a trial run by going for a walk in the rain. When I returned in a half hour or so and took off the Frogg Toggs my clothing underneath was dry in places but wet in others. I was disappointed by what I considered a rather lackluster showing by the Frogg Toggs gear.
I contacted Frogg Toggs and they assured me their clothing is indeed waterproof and agreed to exchange my suit, assumed defective, for another like it.
After receiving the new suit I performed the same, real-world test of going for a walk in the rain. The results were the same. My clothing under the Frogg Toggs was dry in places and wet in others. This time I photographed my clothing and sent copies of the photos to Frogg Toggs. I’m including those photos with this report.
Here is what I wrote to Frogg Toggs along with the photos: “Today I wore the replacement FroggToggs you sent me for the first time. I went for a walk in the rain. The rain was moderate. I walked for 2 miles, about 49 minutes. When I returned my clothing underneath was very wet in many places. See the attached photos of the vest I wore beneath the FroggToggs. My pants were also wet.
Having now had two sets of these clothes, neither of which have kept me anywhere near dry, how am I supposed to believe the claims made by FroggToggs that your garments are waterproof?”
The next day I heard back from Frogg Toggs. Here is a copy of the email I received:
I’m very sorry you are having issues out of your product, I can replace that suit for you no problem.”
I replied with this:
“At this point I really don’t believe that FroggToggs are waterproof as advertised. I don’t see any point in having you send me suit after suit after suit only to find out that each one leaks. If you want to have somebody wear a suit in the rain for 30 minutes to make sure it doesn’t leak and send that one to me fine, but I don’t want to play the game of mailing things back-and-forth for the rest of my life. It’s not worth it. My blog review will state my honest experience with your products and recommend strongly against purchasing them, unless of course you can convince me somehow that you actually make a waterproof suit.”
The response I received was this:
“Like I said I am sorry if there are anything else I can do for you please let me know.”
So, I’ve had two sets of Frogg Toggs, neither of which have kept me anywhere near dry. Were they both defective, from the same batch of defective materials perhaps? Are Frogg Toggs, any Frogg Toggs really waterproof? Does the company play the game of replacing garment after garment until consumers just give up as did I? All I know is that I had two supposedly waterproof suits neither of which were anywhere near waterproof and that I cannot endorse or recommend Frogg Toggs as a result. The only recommendation I can make under the circumstances which is based on my personal experience as described above would be to avoid so-called waterproof clothing from Frogg Toggs: DON’T BUY
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