You’ve probably been there – heading back from the pump tracks or hiking trail sweaty and covered in mud. Now, how do you best get your clothes cleaned up and care for them in the long term? It may sound like a no-brainer but always follow the instructions on the care label, since that’ll help your garment retain form and function longer. Plus, you’ll extend its lifespan, giving you more time to enjoy your fave gear. That’s a smart move, both for your wallet and the environment. Check out our guide below for more tips on how to launder and care for your outdoor gear like a pro.
Don’t wash clothes made of functional materials too often, since this causes them to wear out more quickly.
Wash new clothes with similar colors to avoid discoloring of other garments
Close any zips, buttons or velcro flaps before washing and use a mild, environmentally friendly detergent.
Avoid using fabric softener and never use it on shell garments or any other clothes treated with Durable Water Repellent (DWR), since this plugs the pores of the fabric and impairs its ability to ventilate.
Try to wipe off dirt and mud instead of washing the garments. Never iron, since functional materials are sensitive to heat.
All garments with DWR treatment should be tumble dried on low heat for reactivation, while other garments should not be tumble dried. This is to protect the environment and save energy.
Our waterproof trousers and jackets feature our premium Hypershell® Pro™ or Hypershell® Performance™ fabric, have taped seams and are made of functional materials. To extend the water repelling ability and longevity of your waterproof garments, don’t wash them unless it’s really necessary.
Our softshell outdoor garments feature a water repellent Hypershell® Core fabric and are made of functional materials. The water repelling properties of your softshell garments will wear off over time, so avoid washing them too often.
Bamboo boxers and hipsters can be washed in hot water but dark prints will retain their color better when washed in warm water.
Don’t tumble dry, since bamboo is susceptible to shrinking and the heat damages the elastic.
Since clothing made out of wool or bamboo is naturally anti-bacterial and anti-odour, it doesn’t need to be washed as frequently as other garments. A lot of times, airing it out outside for a while is enough.
Wool should be washed in 30°C, preferably using a wool or delicate wash cycle.
Don’t tumble dry, since wool and bamboo are susceptible to shrinking.
Wash inside out to prevent the fabric from pilling.
Fleece and other mid layers should be washed with similar colors in warm water.
Let your mid layers air dry – never tumble-dry or iron.
Our outdoor jeans are made of functional, water repellent Hypershell® Denim™ fabric. The water repelling properties of the fabric will wear off over time, so avoid washing them too often.
The trousers, jackets and shorts in our Nordwand and RVRC GP collections feature water repellent Hypershell® Reinforced™ fabric and are made of a cotton/polyester mix combined with other functional materials. As with all clothes made of functional materials, less is more when it comes to washing.
Natural and synthetic down is separated and evenly distributed within the garment. Therefore, only wash it if you absolutely have to. After washing it, tumble dry on low heat together with tennis balls that ensure the filling is evenly distributed once again. Not able to tumble dry? Then we recommend you shake the garment and gently punch it so that the two different fillings separate again.
When you notice that the water repellency of your outdoor clothes is starting to wear off, we recommend that you treat it with the RevolutionRace Heat Wax. Please note that the wax should not be used on any of the stretch panels, since the elastic materials are sensitive to heat. The stretch panels on our trousers and shorts are usually placed over the seat, front and back of the knees and the lower part of the legs. On the jackets, stretchy sections are made of black fabric. Light garments typically darken from the wax and the darker the colour, the more water repellent the garment will be. You may also use a waterproofing spray or tech wash to impregnate your clothes in the washing machine.