I have a Paradox Rain Jacket from Costco that's served me well over the years. It's basically a single layer hardshell that I wear over everything in the rain and snow. I know that it says that the finish will wear out and to simply throw it the dryer to refresh it.
Right now my lady friend is borrowing it, but she says it's not working anymore, and that she's "uniformly wet underneath." I didn't think rain jackets wore out like this (my last rain jacket came apart and leaked at the seams), and since it has low breath-ability, I wondered if she had just sweat a bunch, since she bicycles over 30 miles a day for her work.
She also mentioned that she had fallen and that the jacket could have road rash on the elbows or body, though I didn't see any holes last time.
If I could get the jacket back from her and test it, I would, but I can't, so I'm wondering if someone with more experience in this knows anything about it.
When rain jackets wear out, do they soak through, or is this more likely caused by low breath-ability?