How to Wash Arcteryx Hard Shell Climbing Jacket & Gear

How to Wash Arcteryx Hard Shell Climbing Jacket & Gear

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When you shell out several hundred dollars/euros for a hard shell jacket, like I did for my Alpha FL, you may start getting cold feet when it comes time to wash it. But eventually, you’ll start seeing sweat stains, dirt and other signs it’s time to toss that waterproof shell in the washing machine. Don’t worry, you can restore the waterproofing relatively easily and get it back to brand spanking new.

As Arc’teryx notes:

Dirt buildup and body oils from sweat can compromise the membrane and overall effectiveness of the textile’s Durable Water Repellent (DWR) treatment. DWR encourages water to roll off the surface –this is called ‘beading’. Regularly washing and re-applying DWR will restore the performance and extend the lifespan of your GORE-TEX garment.

What you’ll need to wash your hard shell jacket:

Additional detergents for technical clothes include:

How to Safely Wash them:

  1. Close the main zippers and armpit zippers
  2. Open chest and pocket zippers
  3. Release tension on all elastic draw cords
  4. Add the special tech wash to the washing machine.
  5. Wash on Medium Heat 40C (104 F) with just a few other garments
  6. When done, shake off the excess water and then tumble dry on low (40C / 104F) for 40-50 minutes.
  7. Once dry, apply a new coat of waterproofing such as with Nikwax Tx.Direct Spray-on

How Often to Wash your Waterproof Jacket:

Simple: as often as necessary. When you notice sweat stains, dirt and it losing its ability to bead water, then it’s time.

Arcteryx recommends every 10-12 days for hardcore users and once a month for light users.

Video: How to Wash Arcteryx and other Waterproof Performance Clothing

My Gear Closet Porn (Again)

My Gear Closet Porn (Again)

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As this is a favorite topic on Mountain Project and Reddit, I thought I’d share my current storage/organizational solution for climbing stuff. Some people use plastic bins but mine is a combination of an Ikea wardrobe and metal pegboard hunt on the wall and inside the wardrobe.

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A Fall Day in the Black Forest – Climbing in Kentheim Again

A Fall Day in the Black Forest – Climbing in Kentheim Again

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The climbing meetup in Stuttgart that I organize spent the morning in Kentheim, climbing some fabulous weathered sandstone. The friction is fantastic and it’s full of really nice pockets from single finger to whole hands.

At 20 meters high, it provides plenty of fun and higher than any gym around. The morning was incredibly foggy and getting there at 8am meant it took about two hours to clear and for the sun to finally warm things up. From then on it was a gorgeous Fall day.  Learn more about climbing in Kentheim here.