I’ve noticed a bunch of people liking my post in which I explained how my Dakine Recon surf pack soaked up some coffee and it leached into my bag.
I emailed the customer service people and they kindly explained that it seems to be a fluke of epic proportions. That both of the times my bag absorbed the water/coffee it seemed very odd and they and I have no clue why it happened.
Since then I have kept my bag away from water/coffee/wet ground/ torrential downpours and it seems to be fine. I also scored a large luggage bag in the same pattern so my pack and my luggage match.
I still love my surf pack. And still choose Dakine despite my troubles with nature.