Had the pleasure of riding during one of yesterday’s downpours. Soaked my Rev It Sand 3 suit through. Since its wet, I figure its a good time to clean it. Rev-it’s instructions for the textile suit have a bunch of symbols with X’s, but otherwise only say to wash it separately. I saw some instructions on-line for using a special soap…but that was referencing protection of the waterproof capability. I assure you, this suit is NOT waterproof at all. I was only wearing the outer shell. Not the Goretex liner.
So, adventure riders that get their gear dirty, how do you clean it? Am I overthinking it?
Nikiwax Tech Wash for Gore Tex or any DWR (durable water repellent) gear. For non-waterproof gear I use normal laundry detergent. I run an extra rinse cycle to get all the detergent out & let it drip dry. No fabric softener.
If it’s waterproof gear, I throw it in the dryer after it’s drip dried and dry it on hot for a few minutes to ‘reactivate’ the DWR. I heard somewhere that that helps?
I take all the pads out before I wash it. A front load is better for the gear, but I never use one.
I second Mike. I use Nikwax Tech Wash and the waterproofing. I use the waterproofing mostly to help when I get in a light sprinkle and I don’t want to don the rainsuit. It helps to keep me dry in the lighter stuff.