Category: Gear Care

How to Clean your Waterproof Cycling Jacket

May 17, 2017 2

  Waterproof cycling jackets see some serious dirt. Unless your fenders cover your entire body like a cocoon, road and trail crud has a way of finding itself onto your cycling outerwear. Luckily, it’s easy to clean your bike jacket. Get technical. Waterproof cycling jackets are technical pieces of clothing. Many use a waterproof membrane, like GORE-TEX…

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How to Clean & Waterproof Shoes and Boots

April 18, 2017 13

Dirty, soggy shoes? Over time, shoes and boots get dirty and lose their original waterproofing. Even if your shoes have a waterproof membrane, like GORE-TEX, BDry, or eVent, the outer material will eventually soak up water. If your shoes are wet on the outside, that means water vapor (foot sweat) can’t escape, and soon, pruney swamp feet…

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How to Clean a Sleeping Bag

March 13, 2017 25

Ah, the sleeping bag. Your bed-away-from-home. Your cozy refuge in the wild. Adventures will inevitably get it a bit dirty, but don’t fear, it’s easy to wash your sleeping bag. There are two main types of sleeping bags, down-filled and synthetic-filled. Here are some tips and tricks to keeping them both clean and fluffy.     Down-Filled Sleeping…

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How to Re-waterproof your Ski Jacket

February 22, 2017 26

Over time, ski jackets can lose their water-repellency. Waterproofing doesn’t last forever. Whether from rubbing against a dirty car while straining to reach the ski rack, or spilled apres-drinks, a dirty jacket will stop repelling water. Luckily, it’s easy to clean and re-waterproof your ski jacket so you can get back to schralping pow. The…

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How to Wash Your GORE-TEX Rain Jacket

October 9, 2015 18

Caring for your GORE-TEX jacket is as easy as giving it a wash from time to time. Cleaning keeps your jacket performing its best. Washing a GORE-TEX, eVent, or any waterproof breathable rain jacket is remarkably simple.     Follow these three steps to a clean rain jacket: Read the care label in your jacket…

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Outdoor Adventures with Baby

June 3, 2015 0

I cannot pretend to be an expert in getting babies outdoors. I have only one offspring thus far, and what works for one family may very well be hell for another. Every baby is different and develops at different speeds. I am lucky(?) to have a very active, outgoing kiddo who likes going outside. He…

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How To Wash Smelly Athletic Clothes

March 18, 2015 2

Removing odors from stinky gym clothes can seem an impossible task. No matter how often you wash them, the minute you hit the gym the knockout odors come back. Smelly athletic clothes are embarrassing, feel gross, and do not perform at their best, thus neither do you. Luckily, Nikwax has a solution to your smelly…

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