Winter Waterproof Jacket & Trouser Advice

Discussion in 'Clothing & Footwear' started by Ray Smith, Nov 12, 2015.

  1. Ray Smith

    Ray Smith Summit Camper

    Nice, but will try and keep them where they are for now, :)
  2. Robin

    Robin Moderator Staff Member

    Yes that was me suggesting soaking Paramo for 24 hours to proof :oops:

    Not very scientific and a shorter period may work as well. For the Challenge I washed my Velez in normal detergent then Tech Wash before soaking it in a bucket with Nikwax proofer. Instead of rinsing, I spun it then tumble dried it. All I can say is that it worked. We had some seriously crap weather on this year's TGO Challenge and it didn't wet out :)

    I would expect dry cleaning to be even more effective at getting rid of wax build up and might try it.
  3. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    There is no issue in not rinsing IME. :) The spray on doesn't need a rinse and works just as well.
  4. Robin

    Robin Moderator Staff Member

    I felt the proofer would take better by soaking and not rinsing rather than putting it through a washing machine with a rinse. Seems to work. I do wonder whether the stories of Paramo failures is mainly down to not proofing properly or too much. Having said that, absorbent rucksack straps and Paramo are not a good combination :(
  5. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    I reckon you are right Robin. Lots of ways the treatment can be spoiled. I for one, have been guilty of overtreatment in the past. The most difficult part of the process is removing every last trace of detergent from the machine, it really fouls the DWR effect
  6. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    I have (sometimes) done the whole process by hand so as to avoid the contaminated washing machine issue. Uses less of the Proofer etc.
  7. Robin

    Robin Moderator Staff Member

    I always rinsed with a boil wash before treating but was never sure whether this worked. At least with a bucket, you know there's no contamination. Another reason for not rinsing in the washing machine either.
  8. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    Same as Robin. Like Cathy and yourself, I tend to use the bucket more as there is no question of cleanliness. I still use the machine, but only after doing a big load of wools/outdoor kit where it all gets rinsed out well. The detergent drawer is a pain, that always gets a scrub.

    I've noticed that the detergent builds up on limescale, it's really hard water here and some limescale remover does the rinse thing well too.

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