Your snowboard pants and jacket will start to stink if you snowboard regularly without washing them so here’s how you keep them clean without wrecking the waterproofing of your outerwear.
The myths of washing snowboard jacket & pants:
- You can’t wash your gear in the washing machine (false)
- You can’t use a dryer (false – you can use a dryer as long as the clothing label says it’s fine)
- You have to dry clean your outerwear (false – don’t do this!)
What to use for washing your snowboard jacket, pants & outerwear:
If you have outerwear without down (eg – shell jacket or pants with just a layer of waterproof material), you need Nikwax Tech Wash instead of detergent (this cleans your outerwear without ruining the waterproofing like normal soap would):
If you have a jacket with down insulation, you need to use a down specialized cleaner, so instead of Tech Wash, you’ll want Nikwax Down Wash:
How to restore waterproofing to your snowboard jacket, pants and outerwear:
You’ll be able to wash your snowboard jacket and pants about 5-8 times with the above items before it starts to lose it’s waterproofing, and this is when you’ll need this:
You simply use this instead of the tech wash / down wash and it restores the waterproofing of your snowboard outerwear.
How to dry your snowboard jacket, pants & outerwear after washing:
Yes, you can put your jacket/pants/outerwear in the tumble dryer on a low setting as long as it’s not flammable (check the label, but most snowboard outerwear is fine to put in the dryer).
ps: Yep, some blogs topics are repeated as I re-do some of them and add video content for them