Getting caught out in a downpour is something all cyclists should be prepared for. But while riding in the rain comes with the territory, there are a broad range of garments out there that can minimise just how wet you get.
Why we use GORE-TEX
Gore has been at the vanguard of performance fabric technology since 1976, creating garments that allow their wearers to go further. GORE-TEX is a membrane that prevents water from seeping in through the jacket while allowing vapour, created when you sweat, to pass out. The membrane is bonded with fabrics in a number of ways to make them completely waterproof and windproof.
How GORE-TEX Degrades
Your GORE-TEX garment’s waterproof function will lessen over time and with frequent use, this feature will deplete more rapidly. Wear and tear, dirt, oils from lotions and bug repellents impact the functionality of your product as well as degrading the durable water repellent (DWR) coating used to maximise the garment’s capability to protect you from the elements.
Caring for GORE-TEX Garments
Taking care of your GORE-TEX garments is easy but it is important to remember that not all GORE-TEX products should be washed or treated in the same way. The first step is thoroughly reading the manufacturer’s instruction label. Before washing, use a clean damp cloth to remove any caked-on dirt, zip up all pockets and fasten any straps on the jacket.
Machine wash your GORE-TEX INFINIUM™ garments at 40ºC with a small amount of liquid detergent; avoid using powder detergents, fabric softeners or stain removers. Ensure you do not wash with any other heavily soiled clothing. Next, rinse twice to remove any soap residue and use a low spin cycle to minimise creasing. Dry on a line or on a warm, gentle setting in the tumble dryer. To reactivate the DWR treatment, tumble dry for 20 minutes. If you do not have access to a tumble dryer, iron on a low heat setting with no steam, using a towel or cloth to protect the garment from direct heat. Alternatively, placing the jacket onto a radiator can help reactivate the treatment.
Water should bead when poured onto your GORE-TEX INFINIUM™ waterproof garments. If it doesn’t, it’s time to reapply the DWR treatment, which can be purchased in pump spray or wash-in form online or at outdoor clothing stores. Following application, tumble dry your garment for 20 minutes to activate the DWR treatment. If you do not have access to a tumble dryer, follow the instructions above.
When caring for your garments made with GORE-TEX SHAKEDRY™ the process differs slightly. Wash at 40ºC with a small amount of liquid detergent; avoid using powder detergents, fabric softeners or stain removers. Do not tumble dry or iron, simply line dry. As GORE-TEX SHAKEDRY™ garments have no textile outer layer, there is no need to use a DWR treatment.
REPAIRING GORE-TEX GARMENTS
Taking a tumble or getting caught on a stray tree branch is part and parcel of riding in the great outdoors. Carrying a patch kit on off-road and bike packing adventures is a good idea so you’ll be prepared to simply press on the self-adhesive patch and worry about further repairs when you’re back indoors. When repairing at home, use fabric glue to patch up the hole. First, use rubbing alcohol to remove any dirt and grime from the torn area. Flatten the area to ensure there are no wrinkles when you apply the patch. Press the patch firmly on and allow it to dry for at least 24 hours.
Many of our GORE-TEX garments are suitable for repair through our free repairs service. If you do not feel confident attempting to repair your GORE-TEX garment, click below to find out more about the service.
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