Truth be told, most backpackers and hikers don’t wash their rain gear nearly enough, if ever. This leads to wetting out and hikers may even buy new rain gear because they think their old shells are worn out. But don’t worry, your jacket hasn’t reached the end of its life, it just needs some love. How often you wash your rain gear will vary, but here are some general rules:2. Clean any residual laundry detergent from the laundry machine soap dispenser. Standard detergent can break down the waterproofing elements on your rain gear.WATERPROOF/BREATHABLE MEMBRANE (MIDDLE) – The waterproof and breathable middle layer is composed of microscopic pores which allow water vapor (sweat and condensation) to get out, but preventing any liquid water (rain) from getting in. To be honest, the term “waterproof and breathable” is a stretch, but it’s the best technology we currently have.If you wear your rain gear during exerting activities, such as hiking or jogging, it’s good to wash your rain gear after 10-15 uses. Sweat and other contaminants build up much quicker under these circumstances.
The moment you realize your rain gear is “wetting out” you need to wash and treat it. By washing your shells with Tech Wash and reapplying DWR, your jacket and pants will be as close to new as possible. The more you use your rain gear, especially in harsh conditions, the more often you’ll need to wash it.DOWN-LINED RAIN GEAR: You’ll need two products for this: Down Wash and Spray-On DWR or Down Proof (read below). First, wash your gear with the down wash according to the directions. If you need more clarification, check our our article on How to Wash a Down Coat. Next, you need to reapply the DWR. There’s no need to dry garments before applying DWR. For spray-on DWR, find a flat surface and lay a protective barrier such as cardboard down so you don’t harm your surface. Lay your rain gear flat and close up all the zippers. Hold the bottle 6 inches away, and spray the garment evenly on the outside fabric, ensuring that no areas are missed. Wait two minutes and then dab way any residual product with a damp cloth. Air dry or tumble dry on low setting, if the care label allows. We recommend tumble drying when possible because down garments take a very long time to dry.We hope this guide helps you get your rain gear clean and revitalized. As always, please leave a comment below if you have any recommendations, questions, or suggestions. And if you found this guide helpful, please share or click the little heart button below to give us a digital high five!Social media is great, but our bi-weekly newsletter is a much better way to stay in the know. Sign up to get our curated emails with the best content from CleverHiker and around the backpacking world. You’ll be turned on to new videos, trip reports, gear reviews, inspiring outdoor stories and much more. So get in the mix! Directly below we give instructions on how to wash your rain gear using a wash-in DWR, which is the most common procedure people will use. For those washing fleece or down-lined gear, you’ll be using a spray-on DWR, which we cover later in the post.
1. Check the manufacturer’s washing instructions on the tag. Though the instructions are most likely similar to the steps below, make sure you follow the garment’s instructions first and foremost.
After extended use with your rain gear, you’ll notice that water no longer beads up like it used to. In fact, you’ll start to notice water soaking into the fabric and you may even think it’s time for a new jacket. This is called “wetting out,” and it’s a major indicator it’s time to wash and retreat your rain gear.This website is using a security service to protect itself from online attacks. The action you just performed triggered the security solution. There are several actions that could trigger this block including submitting a certain word or phrase, a SQL command or malformed data.Drake’s is a British menswear haberdasher founded in 1977 by Michael Drake. Manufacturing in East London, Drake’s produces men’s accessories and shirting, and is predominantly known for its ties.As well as producing private label, Michael Hill relaunched the historic Cleeve shirting brand, owned by Rayner and Sturges, and introduced the first capsule collection of ready-to-wear shirts into the Drake’s store on 3 Clifford Street and online.In April 2013, Drake’s moved its tie factory to 3 Haberdasher Street, London. Drake’s combined all aspects of the Drake’s business under one roof; the factory, design studio, showroom, warehouse, head office and Factory Shop.
When Michael Drake retired in 2010, Drake’s was acquired and taken over by Michael Hill, Michael Drake’s previous understudy and lead designer, and Mark Cho, co-founder of The Armoury haberdashers in Hong Kong. On 20 May 2011 Drake’s opened its retail shop at 3 Clifford Street, London. Formally the home of an art and antiques gallery, it is situated just between Savile Row and Bond Street. The interior of the store features Harris Tweed armchairs, wood floors and cabinetry from the Natural History Museum. Drake’s was founded in 1977 by Michael Drake. The original Drake’s collection was composed of men’s scarves. Drake’s went on to produce handmade ties and pocket squares, for which it is now known.In July 2013 Drake’s acquired the Rayner and Sturges shirt factory in Chard, Somerset. In doing so, Drake’s has inherited a workforce of 35 producing handmade, bespoke and ready-to-wear shirts.
Occasionally, we run out of an item faster than inventory levels can be updated online. We strive to keep online inventory availability completely accurate, but shipping through multiple channels makes it nearly impossible to have 100% real-time inventory accuracy. If an item on your order is out of stock, we reserve the right to either 1) cancel the item from the order and issue a refund, or 2) contact you to make comparable substitutions. Out of stock items will not be substituted for items of greater value, and no discounts or special concessions will be made as an incentive to accept a substitute item.
The Bonded Fleece Pant is constructed of a waterproof, windproof, breathable shell fabric that is bonded directly to a 280-weight fleece lining. This bonding process causes the fabric to feel and move like one layer of fabric. This bonded design increases the windproof protection and provides incredible warmth. Due to the warmth retention capabilities of the Bonded Fleece Pant, we do not recommend wearing these pants under waders as overheating could occur.Please go to our return section under warranty and then Customer Service System and fill out a ticket. Please include your receipt proof of purchase and pictures of product. Drake Waterfowl Systems strives to be a good corporate citizen and we support our local conservation organizations and goodwill events in our home communities where we operate our business. As you can imagine, we receive thousands of requests each year and we can only accommodate a few in the local communities in which live and work. For donation requests in your area, we encourage you to contact your local Drake retailer to give them the opportunity to be active in your community as well. We also offer Banquet/Event Packages on a limited basis to qualifying non-profit groups. These Banquet/Event Packages are collections of best-selling items offered at a discount to be used in fund-raising efforts and the proceeds generated by the merchandise at your event create a profit for your organization. Drake Waterfowl is proud to be innovators in waterfowl hunting. We spend a great deal of time and resources on developing and testing new products and we typically max out our capacity for new products and product improvements each year and have limited ability to review external idea contributions. To submit a product idea or improvement to Drake Waterfowl, the idea must meet the following criteria: 1) must be patented, have a patent applied for the idea, or provide proof that the idea is qualified to be patented. 2) idea must not infringe in any way on a current patent. 3) you must present a non-disclosure agreement if you want such an agreement to be in place prior to reviewing the idea. 4) idea must be submitted in writing, preferably with a prototype included.
Drake Waterfowl is not responsible for lost or stolen packages once shipped. Please have packages delivered to a business or a safe drop off location to help protect from packages being stolen after delivery has taken place.Yes. You can order online at DrakeWaterfowl.com. We use a unique e-commerce system that involves Drake Waterfowl retailers around the country. When you place an order on DrakeWaterfowl.com, we search our retailer’s inventory and partner with them to ship your order. This allows you to have the best selection and receive your order as quickly as possible. The online payment is secure and your information never leaves our secure servers. The website is secure and tested daily to ensure your personal information is safe.
Yes. The Spring-Open Pocket mechanism is contained in its own separate housing that can be removed in the event that you don’t want to use that feature. Removing the Spring-Open Pocket frame transforms the pocket into standard cargo pockets. We recommend removing the Spring-Open Pocket mechanism when machine washing your Drake coats.
Periodic cleaning of your down jacket or vest is essential to maintaining maximum loft and ensuring the long life of the product. Though it is possible to wash your own down product, we recommend that you have your down jacket or vest professionally cleaned by a service that specializes in cleaning down. Ask your local dry cleaner about their ability to clean down products.
Drake Waterfowl does not accept unsolicited idea submissions that do not follow the guidelines above. Any unsolicited ideas or suggestions submitted to Drake Waterfowl become property of Drake Waterfowl for use as we see fit.The LST Eqwader 3-in-1 Plus 2 liner is basically our MST Eqwader Full Zip Jacket, but with zip-off sleeves. The 3-in-1 Plus 2 is our only jacket with an MST Eqwader Jacket used as a liner. The primary benefit of the LST Eqwader 3-in-1 Plus 2 Wader Coat is versatility – this coat offers three ways to wear the shell and liner jacket plus two additional ways to wear the shell and liner vest, hence the clever name.Drake Waterfowl waterproof outerwear, like all high-end outerwear, is treated with a Durable Water Repellent finish (DWR). This finish helps the shell fabric resist wetting by causing the water to bead-up so it easily falls off before being absorbed into the fabric. This water repellent finish increases the benefits of our HyperShield™ Technology, which prevents penetration of the water through the fabric. As a garment is worn and used over time, accumulation of soils from external sources as well as oils from your own body will lessen the performance of any waterproof system. Drake’s HyperShield Technology is a high-performance fabric that delivers exceptional performance in both waterproof protection and breathability, a must for highly active hunters. Keeping the water repellent finish on the shell of your garments in top shape will boost the performance of the HyperShield Technology in the fabric and provide maximum protection in the field. Basically, the water repellent finish keeps the outer fabric from becoming saturated so the breathable HyperShield barrier can do its job.The MST Bonded Fleece Pant is a waterproof, windproof pant ideal for wearing alone. The MST “Jean Cut” Under-Wader Pant is primarily a layering pant designed for wearing under waders.(Eek – wād – er) Eqwader™ is pronounced like the word “equator”, the navigational line separating the earth into two halves, just like the two distinct areas of our Eqwader clothing items. In most cases, you can simply wash the outer surface of our clothing with a damp cloth or spot-wash by hand under running water. In the event that you need to machine wash your Drake Waterfowl clothing, follow these instructions:The MST “Jean Cut” Under-Wader Pant is built with our Silencer™ Micro-fleece outer shell fabric to be soft and comfortable, and then lined with a mid-weight fleece fabric. The outer fabric and the lining fabric move independently, creating a comfortable fit that moves and flexes when worn under waders. If we have any hope of a thriving planet—much less a business—it is going to take all of us doing what we can with the resources we have. This is what we can do.Like flocks of swirling swallows or shimmering schools of tropical fish, our customers swoop in with mysteriously synchronized concerns and questions on a regular basis, prompting the need for ready answers. Times like these, nothing would be more handy than magically beaming knowledge out into the ether. Our very own Old School is here to do just that. He’s stepped back from the front lines of Patagonia Customer Service to answer some of these more popular questions. Due to safety concerns about the snaps on the Infant Capilene® Midweight Set, we are implementing a recall of units purchased between August 1, 2021, and January 12, 2023. For more information, including how to identify this product, how to return it and how to get a full refund, please click the link below. Even if you’re not picking your way through snowbush, down garments seem to have an affinity for sharp, pointy things so there’s always a chance that you might end up with a small tear in the shell fabric. So what to do? While many dirtbags proudly patch their clothes with duct tape, it’s not really the best option, especially if you want to fix it later (the residual glue causes havoc with sewing machines.). Instead, head to your local mountain shop and pick up some nylon repair tape, also known as down jacket repair patches. Just about any shop should have a selection in lots of pretty colors. Pick the closest color and then cut a piece at least ½” bigger around than the hole, round off the corners, peel off the backing and stick it on. That’s it. This tape is pretty amazing stuff and it will last for years through many washings. Repair tape is a super easy fix for small holes in the shell fabric but with larger rips it’s probably best to send it back to us for service.Down sweaters and jackets are incredibly popular insulation pieces and for good reason: They’re warm and so comfortably light you almost forget you’re wearing one. Unfortunately, there is a downside (so to speak) to their being so light. Most down sweaters and jackets use lightweight fabrics to keep the garment light and packable. They’re designed to be worn around camp or around town but aren’t the best choice for activities like downhill skiing or hiking where there’s a good chance of catching the jacket on something sharp. If you’re the type who likes to do just that, I highly recommend wearing a shell over your jacket, especially if you’re hiking through brush or skiing the trees.Now comes the important part, drying it. Drying a down jacket is a slow process so be prepared to spend some time at home. It’s also a delicate business, high heat can ruin your down jacket but you need some heat or drying takes forever. On a home dryer, low heat works best. Be extremely careful if you’re at a laundromat! These dryers often get incredibly hot even on low heat so check the dryer carefully before throwing in your jacket. Tossing in a few clean tennis ball will help break up the down clumps and hasten the drying process. Even with the tennis balls it’s a good idea to pull the jacket out of the dryer periodically and manually pull apart the clumps with your fingers. An entire baffle’s worth of down can be a clump the size of a marble so pulling them apart dramatically speeds up drying. If you don’t have a dryer and the one at your local laundromat seems hot enough to melt glass you can always air dry them. This can take anywhere from a couple days to more than a week, depending on humidity, but it’s actually the safest way to dry it. To air dry it, lay it flat on a towel in a warm dry spot out of direct sunlight. Just make sure to pull apart the clumps periodically and to flip it over occasionally or it will really take a long time.I can’t write about washing down without mentioning dry cleaning. Due to the harshness of dry cleaning chemicals, we don’t recommend dry cleaning for any of our products. In theory, down can be dry cleaned by a reputable dry cleaner experienced with down. I say in theory because I once took a sleeping bag to a dry cleaner that claimed it “cleaned down all the time.” My bag came back clean as a whistle and flat as a pancake. My advice: Wash it yourself. Next, try to find a front-loading washer. If you can’t find one, a top loader on the gentle cycle will suffice. We’ve heard of instances where even the gentle cycle ripped or snagged the fabric so we recommend front loaders. If you’re washing a thick down jacket, a down parka or most any down sleeping bag there’s no choice, you must use a front loader. This is because most sleeping bags and many jackets use a box wall construction (for a great explanation of the various baffle designs, go here) that are easily ripped by the agitating action of top loaders. If you’re looking to ruin your jacket or sleeping bag, washing it incorrectly is an easy way to do it.Perhaps it due to all the warnings about the perils of wet down, but it seems a lot of people are afraid to wash their down jacket. Down is remarkably tough stuff and though wet down has virtually zero insulation properties, getting it wet doesn’t hurt it in the least. Washing a down jacket is not much harder than washing a pair of jeans. There are three things you’ll need to wash your down jacket: down soap, a front-load washer, and a dryer with reliably low heat.Orders are shipped within 1-2 business days and arrive within 3-10 business days. Need it sooner? Concerned about the environmental impact? Flexible shipping options are available.If your garment has really dirty spots, (like cuffs or the neck) you can spray fabric stain remover on these areas before washing. Use the permanent press cycle on the washer and add the proper amount of soap per directions on the bottle. Don’t add more than necessary because residual soap prevents items from lofting completely. If your garment is really dirty you can also stop the washer mid-wash for a hour or so and let it soak. To ensure all residual soap is rinsed out, run it through an additional wash cycle with no soap at all.
The most important questions you should ask yourself, experts say, when considering whether to wear something again without washing are these: Does it smell? Do I have any skin conditions, such as eczema, a rash or a skin lesion? Is it visibly dirty? Is it sweaty? Did I wear underwear with this?When it comes to why you shouldn’t wear socks again without washing first, “fungal infections on the feet and toes are just rampant,” said dermatologist Dr. Jeremy Fenton, medical director for Schweiger Dermatology Group in New York City and a clinical instructor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital. “Inside of our shoes is the perfect environment for breeding fungus. It’s warm, it’s humid, it’s dark.”Whether and how often to wash jeans can be a hot topic, since many people want to maintain the integrity of the fabric, which is usually stiffer and more durable than others. If jeans aren’t sweaty, dirty or stained, they don’t have to be washed often, Rossi said. “I personally don’t wash my jeans,” he added.Our beliefs about clothing hygiene are largely “societal and cultural,” said Dr. Anthony Rossi, an assistant attending dermatologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City and a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. “People tend to over wash and ‘over hygiene’ themselves, because especially in America, we have a luxury of being able to do all that stuff all the time.”