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post #766 of 1022
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Originally Posted by BostonHedonist View Post

So I just went through the ordeal of trying to wash my Arc'teryx Veilance Insulated Field Jacket for the first time.




What a nightmare. Forget about buying a 3-pack of Nikwax products just to be able to care for it in the first place. I do my research on how to clean it, pop it in the washer on the appropriate settings and after twenty minutes I hear BANG BANG BANG BANG BANG coming from on yonder in my apartment. I run to the washing machine only to find the damn thing trying to walk across the floor on its own! 

Inside was my field jacket, filled up like a water balloon, exceeding the weight of a bowling ball.
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I mean I know the GoreTex membrane is some serious hoodoo but god DAMN. I hoist the 30lb water balloon-of-a-thousand-dollar-jacket (got it half price) into my shower with a splash and call up Arc'teryx on the phone. The time is 6:00 Eastern.

"Arc'teryx, this is Matt."
"Matt, I'm having trouble with an Arc'teryx garment and need some advice."
I explain my situation.
"Wow, I haven't heard that one before," he says. "The GoreTex membrane is only on one side, so the water should be draining out through the lining. Are the pockets filled up with water?"
I check.
"The pockets ... oddly enough... seem to be the one dry area of the jacket. But, I mean, the thing is waterlogged. First it's in the sleeve, then I lift it by the sleeve and it moves into the other sleeve. It's bizarre."
"I really have never heard of this happening before," Matt says. "Can you send me some pictures maybe? By the way, have you tried wringing it out?"
.......
Now it seams that to wash my AV jacket, I will have to put it in the washer inside out. Stop it before the spin cycle, wring it out ever so slowly, put it back in on spin, let the rinse cycle balloon it back up, deflate it manually, re-spin, then pop it in the dryer. 



The moral of the story: An AV field jacket likes letting water out, about as much as it likes letting it in. Except sweat vapors; the thing is generally breathable as f**k.


I think the moral of the story is:

air dry that fucker instead. I have never, ever washed a gore-tex jacket.. I generally wipe them down.
post #767 of 1022
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Originally Posted by habitant View Post

I think the moral of the story is:

air out that fucker instead. I have never, ever washed a gore-tex jacket.. I generally wipe them down.
post #768 of 1022
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Originally Posted by habitant View Post


I think the moral of the story is:

air dry that fucker instead. I have never, ever washed a gore-tex jacket.. I generally wipe them down.

 

Yeah I think you're onto something. My last Gore jacket washed fine, but the insulation zipped out. I think the old sponge bath is the way to go with this one.

post #769 of 1022
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Originally Posted by rockket View Post

anyone have experience with rapha jackets?

specifically looking at the softshell and/or transfer jacket. wondering if it's worth the price. certainly seems well made.
They are, as you wrote, well made. I think Rapha is well worth the price especially if you use the cyclist features.
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Originally Posted by Coldsnap View Post

I wish those olivers shorts were shorter.
Any competent tailor, and even a few incompetent ones, could make the shorts shorter in 10 minutes for 10 dollars or less.
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Originally Posted by habitant View Post

I think the moral of the story is:

air dry that fucker instead. I have never, ever washed a gore-tex jacket.. I generally wipe them down.

The manufacturers recommend regularly washing gore-tex. What guides and washing machines are y'all using?
post #770 of 1022
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Originally Posted by deadsunrise View Post
 

 

Don't know about the difference in quality because everything I have is made in china, I think I started buying icebreaker in 2011.  I have a Tech Tlite from last year that feels more delicate than the ones I got in 2012.   

 

Since they don't sell outside of US, I have to go order to UK retailers and I've never thought about complaining to their customer service. Truth to be told, I've used the damaged garments probably 100-200 times, maybe more cause I was living with 3 t-shirts in rotation. I wash everything according to the instructions, not too often, line dry, etc..

 

I'll post pics of the tshirts in the afternoon but since I'm wearing the quattro hoodie right now, here are two pics, there are also lots of loose threads on the inside of the hoodie. I checked the email and I received it on 2/4/12, so it's not that old for a $170 hoodie:

 

 

 

 

 

It bothers me because it's a fucking nice hoodie with very nice fabric feel, drapping, temperature regulation, no smell, etc..  but it didn't last too long.


IME Icebreaker stuff can be very fragile. If you don't mind the branding then it's worth checking out Aclima. Quality wise, it's in a different league.

post #771 of 1022
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Originally Posted by Suyi View Post



The manufacturers recommend regularly washing gore-tex. What guides and washing machines are y'all using?

Yep, goretex needs to be machine washed in liquid detergent or it won't perform properly. Usually 40 c and then rinsed twice followed by a warm tumble dry to reactivate the DWR.

post #772 of 1022

@grove  the branding in Aclima it's a bit retarded. At least the logo and location on the t-shirts.

post #773 of 1022
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Originally Posted by deadsunrise View Post
 

@grove  the branding in Aclima it's a bit retarded. At least the logo and location on the t-shirts.


That's why I mentioned it but so far I'm yet to find any other brand that comes close in terms of quality, fit and durability. I do know a couple of folks who have their stuff without any branding but they are both Special Forces and I don't think it's commercially available.

post #774 of 1022
Interesting - I just bought some Aclima to try out,
post #775 of 1022

I just sent them an email asking about the logo.  Akatsuki, what did you order and from where? I've seen them on sale here http://www.nordicoutdoor.co.uk/aclima/ but they don't have the lightwool tshirt that I'm interested in trying.

post #776 of 1022
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Originally Posted by Grove View Post
 

Yep, goretex needs to be machine washed in liquid detergent or it won't perform properly. Usually 40 c and then rinsed twice followed by a warm tumble dry to reactivate the DWR.

This is p much word for word the goretex recommended SOP. Unwashed goretex will stop beading, and contaminants on the inside will also prevent vapor escaping. Wash your stuff.

post #777 of 1022

Still some nice bits on sale at Finisterre

post #778 of 1022

^ thanks for the heads up, just ordered 3 tees and some boxers. I like that they have a nicer colour palette than other merino shirts. I'm trying to get different merino tees to make a review comparing all of them.  I like that finisterre has stopped making them 100% merino and are now 80% merino 20% poliamide. They say that 100% merino is not durable enough and with my experience with icebreaker I tend to agree. Let's see how they perform regarding smells and wearing them for 3-4 days.

 

Also got a nice camera (canon s120), will post some pics of everything when it arrives.

post #779 of 1022

Why does Finisterre ask for your social security number in checkout? :paranoia:

post #780 of 1022
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Originally Posted by brooks23 View Post
 

Why does Finisterre ask for your social security number in checkout? :paranoia:

 

wow

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