Washing ski jackets and ski trousers

Tips for washing your ski jacket and trousers!

When washing your ski and snowboard clothing, this is what you need to do:

  • Read and follow the care instructions
  • Check for stains and treat them before the washing, empty pockets
  • Wash two garments at a time, on a delicate cycle, use mild detergent
  • Hang dry out of direct sunlight

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?

Start with reading the care label
Check for stains and treat them before wash
Check pockets and close zippers before wash
Which detergent to use?
How to wash your ski wear?
How to wash your puffer jacket?
How to dry your ski wear?
Can you steam ski wear?
How to wash your ski gloves and mittens?
How to wash your beanie?
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.
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Paisley 20 Beanie with pom pom White
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Paisley 20 Beanie with pom pom Black
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Which detergent to use?

The detergent that you use to wash your ski wear should be mild. Look for a gentle detergent like Woolite or Dreft. You can also use a specialized detergent (like Nikwax products) made for water resistant outerwear, which will clean and protect the DWR coating of your ski and snowboard clothing.

How to wash your ski wear?

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.

After the washing cycle is finished, remove from washing machine immediately. You don’t want smelly ski wear and that’s what will happen if you leave your wet clothes in the machine for too long.

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.

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Lole Softshell ski trousers White
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Cassie Neon fleece jumper Pink
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How to wash your puffer jacket?

Washing a puffer jacket involves the same steps as with a regular ski and snowboard jacket. Read the care instructions, remove stains, check pockets and then wash on a delicate cycle with cold water and a mild detergent. Here at Protest we only use synthetic down, which is both super insulating as well as being duck-friendly.

Are you washing a puffer jacket which has natural feather down? Then the drying procedure is different. Puffer jackets can usually be put in the dryer at a low temperature as it is important that a puffer drys thoroughly (check your label to see if your jacket is allowed in the dryer). To make sure that the feathers don’t clump together you can try putting 3 tennis balls (or drying balls) in the dryer with your puffer. If you don’t have tennis balls handy, try rolling up some thick socks instead! These ‘balls’ will help to restore your jacket’s fluffiness.

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Mount 20 Puffer ski jacket Green
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Toscana 20 Beanie with pom pom Blue
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Toscana 20 Beanie with pom pom Green
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How to dry your ski wear?

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.

Can you steam ski wear?

No, don’t do it! The chemicals that are used to dry clean garments are way too harsh for functional ski and snowboard clothing. These chemicals can damage the water resistance finish, allowing moisture to enter your ski clothes. Not good.

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.
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Gaby Puffer anorak ski jacket Green
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Angle 20 Softshell leopard print ski trousers Brown
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Tanya Leopard print mittens Brown
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How to wash your beanie?

You may think that you can just throw your beanie into the washing machine but no, your head’s best friend needs some hands-on attention. To maintain the elasticity of your beanie, it’s better to wash it by hand. Use a mild detergent and cool water – hot water can cause shrinkage and a loss of colour. Submerge your beanie in cool, soapy water and then squeeze it and release. Do this a couple of times. Empty away the soapy water and rinse your beanie thoroughly with clean cold water. Make sure all the soap residue is gone and squeeze out all the excess water. Reform your beanie into a nice beanie shape. Then dry flat.

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Candy JR Ski jacket Black
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Paisley 20 Beanie with pom pom Pink
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Hiker 20 Beanie with pom pom Brown
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Color: Tortilla
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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.
BLAKE jacket | OWENS trousers

Blake Ski jacket Red
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Color: Cinema
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Owens Ski trousers with suspenders Blue
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Color: Space Blue
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Blake Ski jacket Blue
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Color: Space Blue
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Owens Ski trousers with suspenders Green
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Color: Green Spray
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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.