We often get asked, “How do you properly take care of and wash technical hunting clothing?” Here are some tips that we think will be helpful.
The first thing you should do after buying any technical hunting clothing is to wash it. It may seem silly, but it’s quite important because the fabric reaches the workshop, goes to production, and then goes directly to the store without being washed. The problem is that fresh from the factory fabrics usually contain traces of materials from the spinning and weaving processes and this can eliminate some of the properties of an item. So if you can, wash it before your first use.
THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN WASHING HUNTING CLOTHES
Never wash in temperatures at or above 86*F, or you may find that your clothing has shrunk. This happens because high temperatures will cause the natural fibers in the composition to shrink drastically. Another problem with washing in high temperatures is that the heat-sealed zippers can be loosened from the adhesive tape.
Washing in cold water is best. Use mild, unscented detergent and forget the fabric softener because it can ruin many of the properties of the clothing. Many of the softening compounds will be inserted into the fibers of the fabric, which can limit the fabrics breathability and/or scent control. Once everything is washed, it is important not to leave the clothing in the washer for too long or color transfer could occur. A reasonable time is 10-20 minutes after washing, but no longer.
THINGS TO CONSIDER AFTER WASHING
Never use a dryer to dry the clothing. Dryers wear down the fabrics. Just look at the amount of lint you get in the lint trap after a load and think about where it all comes from - your clothing! The high temperatures that a dryer generates creates the same issues as washing in high temperature water.
Do not iron. Hunting clothing typically doesn’t wrinkle, but if it does and you want to iron the wrinkles out using the minimum temperature to avoid damage.
Hopefully these quick tips will be useful and help you to prolong the life of your gear. We have extensive technical information on our clothing and fabrics in our R&D section.