Apparel

Care

To ensure that outdoor clothing retains its functionality, it must be cared for correctly. Perspiration and dirt left to build up on a textile surface will impair water vapor permeability and cause the garment to lose some of its breathability.

Regardless of the actual item, two rules must be strictly observed for functional clothing:

  • Always wash the garment according to the care instructions
  • Never use a fabric softener. This clogs up the pores and impairs functionality
Depending on the garment, the following points must be observed:

Tips on cleaning functional underwear:
  • If you intend to wash other garments at the same time, make sure that velcro closures are closed, otherwise they may catch on threads.
  • Do not use a tumble dryer: This resulting stress on the material (regardless of the type) will cause it to lose its original shape. These garments are also very fast drying.
  • Functional underwear must not be ironed; it should be crease resistant.
Tips on cleaning down jackets:
  • Use washing products designed for down (generally at 30 degrees)
  • For extra effective results, put your down jacket through a pure rinse program. This will rinse out any remaining cleaning product.
  • Then put the garment in the tumble dryer together with three tennis balls and dry it at a medium temperature to prevent the down from clumping. Warning: If the temperature is too hot, this could damage the outer material!
  • If you do not have a tumble dryer, lay the jacket out to dry and shake it regularly (every half hour or so) to prevent the down from clumping together.

Less is more! Down jackets basically suffer some damage each time they are washed. Try to wash your jacket no more than once a year.

To ensure that outdoor clothing retains its functionality, it must be cared for correctly. Otherwise, perspiration and dirt accumulate on textile surfaces and impair water vapor permeability (garments lose some of their breathability).

The following rules must be strictly observed for all functional garments:

  • Always wash the garment according to the care instructions
  • Never use a fabric softener. This clogs up the pores and impairs functionality

Tips for cleaning clothing with layers or a membrane:
  • Use special washing products for functional clothing- Close all zippers
  • Wash the item on its own in the washing machine or with a very small load. This promotes removal of dirt and helps to reduce the formation of creases.
  • Hang the garment up to dry (away from direct sunlight) or tumble dry it if permitted in the care instructions
  • To reactivate the waterproofing treatment, iron the jacket after washing or place it briefly in the tumble dryer. Always check the care label sewn into the garment first!

NB. it is better to wash a garment often using very little (of the right) washing product than the reverse!



It is also important to re-waterproof the outer material of "waterproof" membrane jackets or pants afterwards. Because an outer material that is saturated with water reduces the garment's breathability by as much as 70 percent.

What is the correct way to apply a waterproof treatment to outdoor garments with a membrane?
  • After washing the garment, dry it completely
  • Then treat it using an appropriate waterproofing product. Areas under particular stress, e.g. the shoulders and hood, can be treated more intensively.
  • Dry the garment quickly again
  • Very important: heat the waterproofed and dry garment (e.g. in the tumble dryer or ironing) to activate the waterproofing protection!