From the blogs: How To Care For Your Outdoor Garments

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How To Care For Your Outdoor Garments

Outdoors Magic recently published a very comprehensive article by Charles Ross, Performance sportswear lecturer. Charles explains how we should treat our waterproof gear.

DWRs – Durable Waterproof Resistant fabric coatings – are changing from a high-performance, harmful formulation (C8) to a safer, but less resistant version (C6), meaning the performance of DWRs has been questioned in recent times.

So how do you get the best out of your C6 DWRs? How do you treat them to increase their longevity? Find out in the feature researched and written by Performance Sportswear lecturer Charles Ross.

Read more – How To Care For Your Outdoor Garments

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  1. There’s also the poseur effect.

    “I’ve see X wearing one of these on television and I’m a wannabe so I do go out in all weathers wearing this jacket around town, to the pub and on the hill.”

    Typically wear a soft shell jacket and trousers for most days on the hill and have a hard shell in the pack to put on as and when it’s required.

    The items are reproofed using appropriate proofing agents, allowed to dry naturally and hung up to dry after a soaking. We don’t have a tumble dryer by the way.

    Jackets are always hung up after a day out either on the hall rack or on a hanger in the part of the wardrobe that’s given over to outdoor kit rather than scrunched up and stored in my pack.

    Any ultralight jackets are used over the summer months or packed for wet days when on a travel trip – Porto last September springs to mind (the hostel owner hadn’t encountered a red weather warning before and it looked like we were the only ones in the hostel who had looked at 10 day forecasts and were therefore prepared for the storm that hit the city).

  2. Peter Clinch says:

    An additional point is if you don’t wear your waterproofs the DWR won’t suffer wear. Obviously it won’t keep you dry in a rainstorm if you don’t wear it, but if you make a point of *only* wearing a hard shell in Proper Rain then it will work better.

    Whatever Miracle Fabric a hard shell is made of it will usually be less comfortable than more breathable alternatives if it isn’t raining, so stick to simpler alternatives when it’s not chucking it down and you’ll have better performance both in and out of the rain.

    • charles ross says:


      Spot on advice: too many people wear a waterproof when a water resistant will cope with the dampness, or even worse – they use the waterproof when what they require is a windproof

      Waterproof fabrics (even the best in the field) are just semi-breathable. Waterproof membranes are generally on the most expensive garments you own in your outdoor wardrobe, they are also one of the fastest wearing out parts of your wardrobe – hence why people continue to wear them (out) in conditions when they aren’t required puzzles logic


      • Peter Clinch says:

        “I’ve spent £300 on this jacket and I’m going to use it every minute I can!”, is, I suspect, a common driver to wearing a hard shell as a general purpose coat.
        It’s also the case that marketing likes to suggest that hard shells are all purpose coats, because they *can* be that, and that sounds like much better value than “we advise you only use this in the rain as the performance will be lowered if you wear it as a general purpose all-weather coat”. I’m not typically a fan of much marketing, but at the end of the day it’s a business and if you can’t sell the stuff you won’t be in it.

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