That may have been me with my Eastman Warhorse Rough Wear. Got completely soaked in a heavy rainstorm, let it dry and it felt and sounded, with no exaggeration, like cardboard from a corrugated cardboard box. It shrank some and got the wavy zipper syndrome. No amount of time in the dryer with towels (no heat) would soften up the majority of the jacket. What I will say is that while the jacket was compromised, it did come back to life after using petroleum jelly on it as JC would recommend. Yes, chrome tanned leather will withstand water better than veg tanned, but the main issue is whether the jacket is aniline finished or pigment finished.