Technical boating clothing—your foul weather gear and the layers of specialized clothing you wear underneath—are wonderfully efficient, purpose-built garments. They’re somewhat expensive—but great technical clothing really is worth the cost just when the conditions are nastiest. How can you keep your foulies and mid-layer garments doing their jobs for as long as possible? It’s easy. Just follow the label instructions on the inside of the garment and the instructions below, and you will improve the longevity of your gear.
When your foul weather gear’s active DWR fluoro polymer layer fails, you may notice that the fabric leaks or is no longer breathable. If the fabric wets out you will feel clammy and damp because of convective and evaporative heat loss from the body to the garment. Condensation may form on the inside of the garment, causing you to get wet. Below is a list of simple steps to follow when water no longer beads up:
In most cases washing will be enough to remedy a temporary failure of the DWR. However, after extended use in extreme conditions you may experience permanent failure of the DWR. Follow these simple steps when permanent failure happens.
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