Finally getting some sporadic rain in California meant waterproof testing of items was underway; first up, these Bags Connection Blaze saddlebags. To compare techniques I stuffed both bags full of brown packing paper—one in the waterproof liner and one not—and set off. After about an hour of riding in steady rain the paper packed in the roll-down, waterproof liner was dry. Surprisingly, even though these Blaze soft bags don’t have waterproof zippers, the paper stuffed in without protection was also largely dry. The system checks out, and it seems a shower here or there would be no sweat for the Blaze’s ballistic nylon exterior.