Re-Waterproof Your Gear
When your gloves soak up water like a sponge, your jacket leaks like a sieve, or your boots feel like a swamp, it’s time to re-up the water repellency. Re-waterproofing gear is simple, cheaper, and more sustainable than buying new stuff, and it extends the longevity of whatever you’re waterproofing. Follow these easy steps and you’ll be shedding water in no time.
The first step in revitalizing your gear is to wash it. Ketchup, coffee, grease, ash-they all clog the pores of your gear’s fabric, and no, this is not some acne treatment pitch. When a fabric’s pores are clogged, moisture cannot exit and you get soaked with your own sweat. Wash your garments on a normal, cold-water cycle with a powder detergent.
There are a variety of different solutions depending on the type of garment you want to re-waterproof, too. For boots, try Dry Guy Waterproofing Footwear Waterproofing.
For shell jackets, pants, and gloves use Dry Guy Outdoor Fabric Waterproofing spray. You can even add a little waterproofing to seams, softshells, fleece, backpacks, sleeping bags, and more.
Allow to fully dry and your old gear should be revitalized and water reppelent.