An important step in maintaining clothes or any other gear is that of keeping them clean. When it comes to clothes, this entails washing them depending on what the care label recommends.
Gear, on the other hand, vary. Some require washing, whereas others can be easily cleaned with a wipe down or brushing dirt off.
Because keeping clothes and gear clean is so essential in ensuring that they will last for a long time and look good, we have compiled several guides on this topic.
Typically we focus on certain jackets, such as down or polyester ones, but brand jackets and gear have also been part of our clean & maintenance guides.
Our topic for today, as the title indicates, is learning the best method to wash a jacket and other outdoor gear by Arc’teryx.
We discussed how to wash Patagonia jackets several months ago and recently also looked at the best steps to clean a backpack by The North Face, so today is time to look at Arc’teryx products.
We picked this brand for our guide as it is renowned for the high quality and performance of their designs, which means that it is all the more important to learn how to best care for your Arc’teryx product.
Let’s get started with the brand’s introduction first, and then get right down to the cleaning steps.
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Arc’teryx: The Brand
Originally named Rock Solid, Arc’teryx was founded in 1991 by Dave Lane, who renamed it after the Archaeopteryx, the earliest known bird, as a way to showcase the brand’s philosophy of innovation, change and adaptation much better.
Arc’teryx is a Canadian brand, which started out manufacturing and selling climbing gear, but the product range of which has vastly expanded throughout the years.
Their most renowned and earliest products were the Vapor harness and Bora backpack, which were created with thermolamination technology.
Nowadays, however, Arc’teryx is mostly renowned for its high performance jackets. It was some years after its founding that they began designing and manufacturing outdoor clothing, which came as a result of obtaining the Gore-Tex license.
We have discussed Gore-Tex fabric technologies several times on our site, as it is one of the brands that makes top performance fabrics for a variety of weather conditions and activity levels.
When two brands like Gore and Arc’teryx get together, the end result is clothing of the highest quality and this is what helped earn Arc’teryx a place among the top outdoor gear brands in the world.
Washing Arc’teryx Jackets
After the introduction to Arc’teryx, it is now time to start learning the best methods for keeping the brand’s jackets clean and looking and performing at their best.
2.1 How To Wash an Arc’teryx Down Jacket?
Down jackets are the perfect garment to wear in the cold of winter. They insulate effortlessly and are very comfortable as well.
However, as we have previously discussed in our Down care guide, jackets insulated with natural down require very specific maintenance steps as they risk getting damaged during the washing process.
While down jackets of all types share similarities, following the recommendations of the care label by the manufacturer is the very first step in cleaning them.
The rule of thumb when washing any jacket is to empty all pockets and then close all the zippers, including pockets and pit vents.
Drawcords should all be released and Velcro tabs must all be fastened to make sure that nothing will catch onto the fabric and cause tears or rip through.
Washing Machine and Detergent
Down jackets by Arc’teryx can be washed in a washing machine, so long as the temperature is kept on the low end and the selected cycle is a gentle or delicate one.
A front-loading washing machine is the best choice here as a top-loading one might cause serious damage. In this case, using a mesh bag for the jacket can help minimize the risk.
When it comes to detergents, it is always recommended to use a down-specific one, as it will guarantee the best results.
NikWax Down Wash products or Arc’teryx’s very own Nu Care Products are two of the recommended ones, but products from other brands will work as well.
When all preparations are finished, put the jacket inside out in the washing machine and let the washing process finish.
To make sure that all residue from the detergent is gone, double rinsing the jacket is recommended.
After this step is finished, you might need to apply water repellent coating in order to keep it water-resistant. However, this must be done when necessary, after you have noticed that the jacket is starting to let water soak through.
When drying a down jacket, regardless of brand, you have two options: either a tumble dryer or a clothing line.
The best method is using a tumble dryer in the lowest heat setting and placing a couple of dryer balls, down-appropriate balls or just regular tennis balls in with it.
The balls will help break down clumps as the jacket dries, which in turn will result in evenly-dispersed down and better loft.
If you do not have a tumble dryer, then the jacket must be taken off the drying line every couple of hours to help fluff up the down and break up any clumps by hand.
Keep in mind that this method can take more than one day to guarantee a fully dry jacket.