How to wash your ski jacket and trousers?

How to care for your ski and snowboard wear

Just like your board and your skiis, your outerwear needs looking after. After each use, give your outerwear some TLC – hang ski jackets and pants to dry thoroughly. Remember that starting your day in dry gear is the best way to stay warm. Some people simply never wash their gear. Now that’s an option but it won’t help the functionality of your jacket or trousers. When you’re out carving up the slopes, you perspire, you may even get dirty!

Moisture and dirt will effect just how water-resistant and breathable your clothing is. These elements can damage the protective layer that covers your outerwear, allowing water to enter the fabric, leaving you wet and cold. So occasional cleaning is good but what method is best? Here’s what to do:
Start with reading the care label
Check for stains and treat them before wash
Check pockets and close zippers before wash
How to wash your ski jacket and ski trousers
How to dry you ski jacket and ski trousers
How to wash your ski gloves and mittens
Tips for our enviroment
Conclusion

Start with reading the care label

Most of our outerwear garments have the same care instructions but you never know, so check the label – maybe your garment needs a different kind of care. Generally these are the recommended cleaning instructions for our outerwear.

  • DO NOT dry-clean or bleach your garment
  • Machine wash in warm water (below 30˚C)
  • Use a mild detergent and rinse well
  • DO NOT tumble dry, hang to dry in the shade
  • Use mild detergent for heavily soiled areas
  • DO NOT iron

Here’s a breakdown of Protest washing instructions symbols and what they mean.
Do not use fabric softener (ever)
Do not bleach (no matter what)
Do not dry clean
Do not iron
Do not tumble dry
Hand wash only
Do not soak
Do not wring
Wash inside out at 30C
Wash separately

Check for stains and treat them before wash

Check and treat bad stains before the garment goes in the wash. You can do this by rubbing some mild detergent into the stain with a sponge or soft cloth before putting your outerwear in the machine.

Check pockets and close zippers before wash

Make sure that your garment isn’t taking any passengers along for the ride. Check all pockets for tissue, maps, sharp objects and other things. Then close all zippers and close all velcro parts. Loose velcro parts can catch onto other garments and cause damage.

Loose velcro parts can catch onto other garments and cause damage.

How to wash your ski jacket and ski trousers

If your ski clothes can be machine washed, use cold or cool water and the delicate cycle with a low spin speed. Use a gentle detergent or one that is specially formulated for waterproof outerwear. Don’t fill the machine and we’d recommend only washing two garments at a time. This will result in a better wash and a cleaner garment. Remember to wash similar colours and fabrics together. And another tip – don’t use fabric softener. This will clog the pores in the fabric, affecting how breathable the fabric is.

Don’t fill the machine and we’d recommend only washing two garments at a time.

Optional: Add some water-resistance to ski jacket and ski trousers

Now your garment is clean. You could consider topping up the water-resistance of your garment. This can be done in two ways.

Option 1: Put the garment through a second wash cycle, this time using a waterproofing solution to increase the water-resistance. Your garments do not need to dry between washes.

Option 2: You can also add water-resistance with a waterproofing spray. Always follow the product instructions and always spray outdoors or in a well-ventilated area. Spray an extra layer on hard wear areas like the seat of your trousers and the shoulders if you wear a backpack.

How to dry you ski jacket and ski trousers

Remember to consult your label. As a rule, do not tumble dry your gear. For most of our outerwear garments, we recommend drying them in the shade, out of direct sunlight. Hang your gear on a sturdy hanger that won’t rust. Make sure your garments are clean and completely dry before storing. Fold them nicely away and start planning for the next time you can take them out of the closet.

Remember to consult your label. As a rule, do not tumble dry your gear.

How to wash your ski gloves and mittens

To ensure that your hands stay warm and dry while you’re out shredding the slopes, it’s important to take care of your ski gloves or mittens. (Okay, from now on, gloves=gloves and mittens!). If your gloves are water-repellent, then they should be washed by hand. Here’s how:

The easiest way to wash your gloves is to wear them while you wash them. So put them on and then put just a little mild soap on your palms and rub your hands together, not forgetting the back of the hands and the wrists. Tough stains might require using some more soap. Now rinse your gloves thoroughly while keeping them on. Wearing them while washing them will help to keep your gloves in shape. To clean the inside of the gloves, turn them inside out and repeat the process above.

If your gloves are water-repellent, then they should be washed by hand.

When rinsed, try to squeeze all excess water out the gloves. Remember never wring your ski and snowboard clothing – this will damage the fabric. To dry your gloves, air dry them out of direct sunlight. If your gloves seem to be letting water in, you can spray them with spray-on water repellent. Remember to follow the instructions on the label if you do this. Presto, your hands are ready for snow days.

These instructions are geared towards our outerwear. Regarding layers and other items, check the label. There are products out there that can help revive the insulation, breathability and moisture-wicking abilities of your garment.

Remember never wring your ski and snowboard clothing – this will damage the fabric.

Tips for our enviroment

  • Using cold water for the wash cycle saves energy.
  • Use a non-toxic waterproofing solution. They do exist.
  • Wash your clothes only when needed.
  • Instead of buying new outerwear when the water resistance of your garment starts to decline, simply restore the water resistance with wash-in or spray-on products.

Conclusion

This was our guide to washing your ski and snowboard clothing. Remember wash with care, always read the label and only wash when needed. Follow our tips to have your gear ready for action this winter.