Is Filson Tin Cloth Waterproof & Good for Wet Weather?


Filson Tin Cloth is very popular and reliable for workwear jackets and pants, but how does it handle in the rain? Is Filson Tin Cloth waterproof?

Filson Tin Cloth is not waterproof. However, the oil-finished version of Filson Tin Cloth garments are water-resistant. This means that they will repel light precipitation but will not be completely waterproof. If you expose Filson Tin Cloth to extreme rain, it will eventually become waterlogged.

But it is important to understand a couple things. First, the oil-finished version of Filson Tin Cloth is actually a great option for wet weather due to the wax coating (but, again, don’t expect it to be completely waterproof). If you are working in a light rain storm, this type of garment is perfect.

Second, it is also important to understand that Filson also offers a “Dry Tin Cloth”, which means that type of Tin Cloth fabric does not have the oil, wax finish. The Filson Dry Tin Cloth is not waterproof or water-resistant, and won’t be good for wet weather. The benefit of dry Tin Cloth is it provides the durability of Tin Cloth, but with added breathability since there is no wax finish.

In this article let’s take a closer look at how appropriate Filson Tin Cloth is for wet weather.

Is Filson Tin Cloth Good for Rain?

Filson Tin Cloth is not waterproof. However, the oil-finished version of Filson Tin Cloth garments are water-resistant. Water-resistant means the garment will repel light precipitation but will not be completely waterproof. If you expose Filson Tin Cloth to extreme rain, it will eventually become waterlogged.

What Type of Filson Tin Cloth is not Water-Resistant?

Filson’s Dry Tin Cloth does not have an oil-finish, which means it is not water-resistant. The benefit of Filson Dry Tin Cloth is it provides the durability you expect with this type of material, but is more breathable and better for warm weather than oil-finished Tin Cloth.

Examples of Filson Tin Cloth Oil-Finished Garments

Here are some of the most popular types of Filson clothes that use water-resistant Tin Cloth fabric:

How to Waterproof Filson Tin Cloth?

Some people may attempt to add waterproofing to garments by purchasing waterproofing spray. For oil-finished Filson Tin Cloth, this is not needed.

If you want to improve the protection you get in the rain from Filson Tin Cloth, you need to make sure you purchase the oil-finished version of Tin Cloth, and re-wax it as needed. How often should you re-wax it? That depends on how much you use it, but for most people, re-waxing the garment once a year is appropriate.

However, even if you keep it properly waxed, it will never be completely waterproof (but will be water-resistant). As we have discussed throughout, water-resistant means that although the garment is not completely waterproof, it is still good at repelling light precipitation.

Filson does sell wax so you can re-wax your clothing as needed (view the wax here).

Does Filson Make Waterproof Clothes?

Yes, although Filson Tin Cloth is not completely waterproof, Filson does offer certain types of clothes that are rated as waterproof. Most of these garments use Filson’s Rain Clothâ„¢ waterproof fabric, which is a three-layer fabric consisting of an extremely tough, tightly-woven nylon shell that also has a waterproof/breathable membrane laminated to the interior.

Filson describes this membrane as having “millions of microporous holes” that are too small for rain to penetrate but still allows your body heat and vapor to escape the garment. For example, here is the Filson Skagit Rain Jacket that is waterproof.

The main takeaway is you can expect Filson Oil-Finish Tin Cloth to provide water-resistance, but it won’t be completely waterproof. If you need a waterproof garment, Filson Rain Clothâ„¢ fabric will be a better option.

Paul Johnson

Paul is a lead content creator for Workwear Command. He has had several blue-collar jobs which have provided him a wide range of experience with tools and gear. He also has a business degree and has spent time in business casual office settings.

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