yeah man, event material just doesn't work for me, have tried several (wiggle were very good about returns), every time the material fails to bead and quickly soaks through after a few months of use, this is with extreme care to wash properly, also tried reproofing with grangers and nikwax, doesn't work except for maybe half a ride afterwards. tried ironing, tried tumbledrying, tried not ironing, not tumbledrying, just line drying, don't store damp.
tried washing the washing machine to remove traces of bio detergent. tied different non-bio detergents. i can only guess its something in my water (hard water)?
was going to give pertex shield a go, even though less breathable, i need a jacket that's really waterproof sometimes, and these look small ball-able
the breathability of eVent was (and is) great, but they're all now windproofs only! same with my waterproof shorts (Altura 3/4s), they're a disaster, horribly chaffing pieces of rubbery plastic that wet through and won't dry out.
can't decide whether to spend more money on another expensive material (i call 60£+expensive) that may not work, or just get a cheap non-breathable for when it's really wet and swap jackets :/