Over time, rain jackets can lose their water-repellency. Waterproofing doesn’t last forever. Whether from rubbing against a dirty car while packing up groceries, or a muddy dog wanting snuggles, a dirty jacket will stop repelling water. Luckily, it’s easy to clean and re-waterproof your rain jacket so you can stay dry.
Guest Contributor: Ryen Cosgro After hiking the Pacific Crest Trail this year, I thought most of my gear was done for. My rain jacket, down jacket, and down quilt were absolutely disgusting. The quilt was especially bad, and it was stained in a special blend of dirt and slimy sweat.
Guest Contributor: Colin Murchison Those who met me during my days of traveling full-time often became acquainted with my trusty green jacket. I’m not someone who has owned a lot of clothes, and I definitely don’t travel heavy, so when I spent upwards of $200 on a jacket, it had
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
It begins innocently enough. First, you figure what harm could it possibly do? I’ll wash my jacket just this once with my regular laundry detergent. Before long, that harmless “regular” laundry detergent has become a gateway to the serious stuff: fabric softeners, boosters, oxidizers… And your outdoor excursions become significantly less
We at Nikwax know that outdoor adventurers come in all ages and sizes AND that keeping all those little fast-growing trail-monsters outfitted can be both a logistical and an economic challenge. Then there’s the environmental impact of discarding all those tiny boots and mittens! Not to worry, parents, Nikwax can
You may know this story. You buy a brand new jacket. It is shiny and wondrous. You love your new jacket. You go places together, and it keeps you dry and toasty. Time passes, as it inevitably does, and suddenly your jacket is no longer shiny. As a matter of