which Nikwaxed product is recommended?
Happy to help - I'm a PM in technical apparel. All rain gear has a waterproof membrane that can degrade over time, since dirt & oils breakdown the membrane. It also gets coated with topical DWR. The membrane can't be replaced, but many people see an improvement when they wash their items. Washing a few times a year really prolongs the life of the garments. There are expensive tech washes on the market, but any mild detergent will work. Drying helps as well, since heat strengthens the bonds between DWR and the fibers. (But check your care labels, a few manufacturers like Flylow advise against drying, and it could impact your warranty. DWR only lasts for a limited number of wears and washes, and can be reapplied with a topical or wash in. It won't replace a shot membrane, but it adds some extra oomph on the really soggy days and can squeeze a little more life out of the garment when the membrane's starting to fail.Is there an easy way to get some waterproofing?
So I have a MH Snowtastic jacket with DryQ Elite 3L and have never been thrilled with the DWR. Went through tech wash and reproofing with sprays (tried Grangers and Revivex, the latter is what they recommend) including extra treatment on heavy wear areas and there are still areas where the outer layer soaks in quickly. I think the problem is that this jacket is 3L but is a stretchy-ish softshell, and the DWR simply does not take that well to the weave/texture outer layer, a problem that might be compounded with the move to less durable but more environmentally friendly DWR chemicals (if @Analisa or anyone else has thoughts about what I should do differently, please advise).From what I hear, Columbia owns Mountain Hardware. I guess the ones they put the Columbia Name on are designed to get folks to buy the Mountain Hardware line. I have a Mountain Hardware jacket, with Dry-Q Elite, and it has kept me dry in very heavy down pores.
Like this past weekend. Sunday was the first time I’ve ever felt the need to wear a clear plastic jacket cover, but I had to teach a couple classes. Stevens Pass is really good about handing these out as you arrive.And as mentioned, no fabric is ever 100% waterproof - with enough pressure, water can cut through sheet metal, and the same concept applies to outerwear. In the PNW, it's not uncommon to see people in trash bag jacket covers or racer ponchos on the soggiest days. Cuts down on breatheability, but worth it when the days are super wet.
I would bet that the Snowtastic is knit instead of woven since it's a softer feel and has some stretch to it without any spandex. In a knit, it's the same continuous threads in loops, and don't tend to be as tight as wovens (basically fabric made on a loom with threads that cross). Knits are softer, looser, and stretch and shrink. They also breathe a lot better than wovens. So in terms of breatheability, it's a bit of a "multiple ways to skin a cat" scenarios. It's kind of like Goretex C-Knit that gets extra breatheability and less of a crunchy feel by using a knit in their backer fabric.I think the problem is that this jacket is 3L but is a stretchy-ish softshell, and the DWR simply does not take that well to the weave/texture outer layer, a problem that might be compounded with the move to less durable but more environmentally friendly DWR chemicals.
Depends on what they're made out of/if there's leather at all in the gloves. Regardless, I'd check for a tag at the wrist with the care label instructions. An insane number of lab tests, man hours, and legal review goes into what's written on that tiny piece of real-estate in order to be compliant with FTC regulations. If there's a waterproof membrane, washing will likely help boost performance, as would a topical DWR treatment.I have the techwash stuff for my gortex, should i wash them? Or spray with some scotch guard? Any tips to extend the life of these?