WHAT IS DWR?
DWR stands for Durable Water Repellent. Our garments are all treated with a DWR. It keeps our nylon from becoming saturated with water and adding weight. DWR causes water to bead-up and rolls off the fabric. It’s affected by sweat, dirt and body oil just to name a few. The longer you let this build up remain a garment will decrease its ability to be waterproof. The best way to get around this issue is to wash your garment. But follow our washing instructions.
Our factory DWR treatment will eventually wear off. Aftermarket DWR sprays are available, but we recommend washing your garment weekly or after every seven wears. Whatever comes first.
If you do want to purchase a DWR spray apply to a damp garment after washing and thoroughly rinsing it (do a second rinse cycle without soap before you apply the DWR to make sure no detergent residue remains) and should be heat activated using a medium dryer or iron before use. Read the directions on both your garment and the DWR bottle before you start. We recommend spray DWR products rather than wash-in products, which deposit DWR on the interior of the garment as well as the face fabric and may interfere with the functionality of the membrane.
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