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Soft Shell Jacket Buying And Maintenance Tips

By Editor | December 23, 2008

Buying and Maintenance Tips for Soft Shell Jacket

Buying tips, check the hang tag: the best softshells are made with fabric from reputable companies like Schoeller or Polartec.
Check the fit: the cut should be athletic and should stretch to allow complete freedom of movement.
Check for DWR: durable water repellency is a chemical coating manufacturers apply to fabrics to improve their water-shedding qualities. A DWR coating is an essential feature, since most softshells don’t have waterproof membranes.

With soft shell jackets remember that repeated washing will eventually wear the DWR finish off your softshell.

When water no longer beads on the surface, rejuvenate the finish with a spray-on or wash-in treatmentsuch as Nikwax Softshell Proof ( designed for breathable fabrics.

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