“Don’t be a dirty bird, keep your Gore-Tex clean!” This is the mantra of the Arc’teryx community on Reddit, where users share their experiences and advice on how to best care for their Gore-Tex jackets. The importance of regular cleaning to maintain the performance and extend the lifespan of these jackets is a recurring theme in the discussion.
The Importance of Regular Cleaning Gore-Tex
According to the users, dirt buildup and body oils from sweat can damage the lamination and compromise the effectiveness of the textile’s Durable Water Repellent (DWR) treatment. Regular washing and re-applying of DWR will restore the jacket’s performance and help it to repel water effectively.
Before washing your jacket, it’s crucial to check the care label and manufacturer’s instructions. Close the main and pit zippers, open pocket zippers, release tension on all elastic drawcords, and loosen and secure the cuff Velcro. Wash the jacket in a machine on medium heat (40°C/104°F) at regular cycle setting, using a mild detergent specifically designed for technical garments. Avoid using fabric softeners or bleach. Use a second rinse cycle to remove any residual soap.
Re-applying DWR Treatment
If necessary, re-apply DWR treatment by using a spray-on product like Arc’teryx Nu Care Products, ReviveX Durable Water Repellent, Fibertec Blue Guard Spray-On, or Grangers Performance Repel. Shake off any excess water and spray on the face fabric, focusing on high-wear areas. Turn the jacket inside out for maximum uptake before placing in the dryer.
Drying and Storing Your Jacket
Place the damp jacket in the dryer on medium heat for 40 to 50 minutes or until dry to the touch to activate DWR. Check the DWR beading again, if it is not beading water as it should, repeat the DWR treatment process. Store the jacket in a cool and dry place, avoid exposing it to direct sunlight or heat sources that can damage the fabric and compromise the DWR treatment.
Personal Experiences and Opinions
The Arc’teryx community members have shared their personal experiences and opinions. Some users have found that handwashing and avoiding machine washing can extend the life of the garment. Others have expressed frustration with the perceived high maintenance of the jackets, especially after changes to the Gore-Tex material in 2018. However, the consensus remains that proper care and maintenance can significantly extend the lifespan and performance of these jackets.
Caring for your Gore-Tex jacket may seem like a daunting task, but with the right knowledge and practices, it can be a straightforward process. The advice from the Arc’teryx community provides valuable insights into how to keep your jacket clean and performing at its best. Remember, “Don’t be a dirty bird, keep your Gore-Tex clean!”