Keep your gear working for you, not against you.
Outdoor gear is meant to be used. It’s meant to protect you from gale force winds while you wait out a storm on the top of a peak. It’s meant to keep you dry in a sudden downpour while you're hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. You push your gear to its breaking point, and we want you to know how to bring it back.
Routine cleaning and maintenance is crucial in keeping technical fabrics like eVent and GoreTex performing at their best. Most technical fabrics are treated at the factory with a Durable Water Repellent (DWR) to help water bead up and roll off.
When you use your gear it will get dirty. When DWR gets dirty, water actually clings to that dirt and can cause your jacket to “wet- out,” essentially turning your expensive piece of technical outwear into a sponge.
What can I do to Restore DWR?
Restoring DWR is simple.
Clean the garment with a specialized cleaner to remove dirt and buildup, and then dry according to manufacturer’s recommended setting. If the DWR is still present, the heat will re-activate the Durable Water Repellency and you’ll stay dry when you’re out on your next big adventure.
If your jacket is still not repelling water like you want it to, then you can treat it with an aftermarket water repellent spray. Simply start with a clean garment, treat the garment according to the directions, and throw it in the dryer again.
Originally Published: Jan 23, 2014