Caring for what cares for you on the slopes.

- December 5, 2012

When you’re out the enjoying yourself skiing or boarding, you’re probably not thinking much about the clothing that’s insulating your body and protecting you from any scrapes you might accrue along the way. And that’s the way it should be! All the same, it helps to know how to take care of your gear when it does inevitably feel the impacts and occurrences of the wider world.

Ski & Snowboard JacketsIn terms of getting ski and show jackets clean, dry cleaning is the obvious answer (in most cases, ski/snowboard jackets aren’t machine-washable due to the materials involved in their composition) and in most cases this is perfectly adequate. Occasionally, though, alternative solutions can be just as effective. Using rubbing alcohol and blotting off unsightly marks (such as mineral makeup if female) can work well for getting more persistent stains out, although be careful not to use too much. If you get smoke on the jacket (for example, if open and smoky fires are prominent in the locality you’re sporting in whilst not on the slopes) simply airing it by hanging it outside in clean and dry air should do the trick.

If you own Gore-Tex gear, there’s a few specific things you can do to maintain it. In the case of Gore-tex that has down insulation in it as well, dry cleaning isn’t actually a good idea, down-based products require quite specific cleaning. Gore-Tex needs a spray repellent and clear, distilled solvent rinse if dry-cleaned, and if you decide to do the washing at home fabric softeners shouldn’t be used-some of the components of such products can stick to the material and make it less effective at dealing with moisture and it won’t be able to ‘breathe’ as easily, either. Powdered detergent and warm water is best for dealing with the outer layers of your clothing. If Gore-tex it gets damaged, specialist patches are available that you can apply easily and quickly, that should at least keep you going until you can get a professional to have a look at it. Alternatively, there is a product called “Seam-grip” which should be able to directly fix any tears or rips to a reasonable standard.

On the subject of general repairs (both improvised and otherwise) there are a few things to bear in mind. Common wisdom seems to hold that duct tape will do the job, and as long as you don’t mind replacing it on a regular basis you could make do with that. If you’re skilled with a needle and thread you may well be able to fix the tear to a satisfactory standard, if not then careful supergluing may well help a damaged section of the clothing to hold up. Be aware that these are improvised fixes, though, and if you want your jacket to look brand-new again then you might want to send it to the professionals.

If you’re considering getting a new jacket for your endeavors this winter, Ski jackets at Blackleaf are well-made, so hopefully you won’t need to do any of the above for a while. It’s always an idea to bear in mind contingency plans all the same, though. Have fun on the slopes!


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  • This is very nice jacket! This look cool. Truly for a winter wonderland sport activity. Love it!

  • I love skiing gears but I don’t know how to ski. My brothers are ski fanatics and they have many skiing gears. Sometimes I wear all those stuffs and picture myself and post it in FB. Just hoping to catch the attention lol