Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - News -

De­spite the name, Durable Wa­ter Re­pel­lents (or DWR – the wa­ter-shed­ding coat­ing usu­ally com­bined with a water­proof mem­brane like Gore-Tex to keep you dry) do even­tu­ally wear off. And when that hap­pens your water­proof will start ‘wet­ting out.’ Es­sen­tially this means the gar­ment’s outer layer soaks up in­stead of ‘bead­ing’ and shed­ding raindrops, which with enough pres­sure (i.e. from ruck­sack straps) can be pushed in­side. Some­times a quick, lowheat spin in the tum­ble dryer is enough to ‘re­vi­talise’ your DWR, but if that’s not ef­fec­tive, you can top-up the DWR us­ing Nik­wax’s TX-Di­rect, Storm’s Eco Proofer or Granger’s 2-in-1.

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