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100000% better than the wash-in stuff
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I bought this along with the grangers performance wash and am so surprised at how well the combo works! I buy a lot of gear online thru ebay and sometimes the stuff comes smelling like an old blair-witch basement and no longer beads water. I have been using nikwax tech wash and tx direct for probably close to 8 years for my gear. I wash my stuff usually once every other month, sometimes more based on usage. however, the nikwax tech wash never fully got rid of those unwanted smells and the softshell wash-in only improved the DWR finish marginally and was 'spotty'. i was browsing around and saw this stuff recommended on the arcteryx website, found it here at backcountry, on sale, and bought the performance wash/waterproofer kit. i followed the arcteryx video directions (followed the video directions EXACTLY) on washing and proofing my shells and they are beading like they were brand new. now it is critical to use the performance wash before this stuff then apply the spray after it comes out of the washer, still wet, then put in the dryer on medium heat. if you follow the steps, it will work. another big plus is the spray, when used correctly, is 100% more even than the wash-in softshell proofers that i found were always spotty.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I bought two bottles and used for three jackets and two pants - Arc'teryx, Patagonia, and the North Face. They are all made of Gore-Tex (Classic, XCR and Packlite). Everything worked out pretty well and it recovers the water-repellent function.
Keeps Them Alive
After putting some on my snowboard pants of 2 years they are back to repelling and not soaking. I have used one bottle on 3 pieces of clothing and could probably get another piece done on just one bottle by using the spray conservatively.
Suppose one doesn't have a tumble drier...
Suppose one doesn't have a tumble drier with heater.
What would work then to "activate" this treatment? Drying in the sun? Using a room heater fan in a small room to raise the temperature to 30C+?
Had poor luck with a previous version of this product (blue bottle), would like to know how to make my softshells repel water again.
Perhaps a hair dryer would work?
As good as Revivex
The best thing about the Granger's is the actual spray bottle. It provides a very generous mist, and you can cover the surface of any item of clothing in fewer sprays than with the stingy Revivex spray. One of my spray triggers did break, but I go through several bottles a year because I frequently reproof my hard and soft shells.
Fluorocarbon DWR treatment is far better than a siliconized proof for clothing.
Wash, spray, and 10 to 15 minutes in the dryer, and I'm done.
so far it hasn't really worked that well on the pants i bought it for. they are old arc'teryx softshells. in fact they are the best softshell backcountry ski pants ever created. but they are old, so they need a bit of freshening up. today my badder leaked on them and this grangers xt waterproofer didn't do very well.
Will this work on tents? My tent needs...
Will this work on tents? My tent needs re-waterproofing. The waterproofing is deteriorating and smells terrible. I need a solution. Will this product work?
You first need to deal with the smell. 6:2 water to Lysol hand wash, rinse, completely air or tumble dry on low. Do it again. Better than this or the Nikwax, is McNett's ReviveX.