Waterproof Care

Introduction to Durable Water Repellent (DWR) and Waterproofing

In the outdoor industry, significant changes are occurring regarding waterproofing, particularly the transition to fluorocarbon-free DWR in waterproof clothing.

DWR is a process involving chemicals that impart water repellency to the fabric's outer layer, allowing water to bead and run off, maintaining breathability without compromising waterproofness. However, some chemicals used for water repellency, known as forever chemicals, persist in the environment, posing long-term risks.

To address this issue, companies like Rab are shifting away from longer chain chemicals to smaller chain alternatives that are less harmful to the environment. Our goal is to minimize the lasting impact of garments on the planet.

As part of this effort, proper care for your clothing is crucial. Washing your gear frequently with a detergent designed for waterproof fabrics, avoiding fabric softeners, and following specific washing instructions are essential steps in maintaining performance and extending the life of your waterproof clothing.

By following the following care instructions, you can help maintain the performance and longevity of your waterproof gear, keeping you dry and comfortable in outdoor adventures. We recommend washing your waterproof gear after every tenth use or earlier if visibly dirty. For those who prefer not to wash their gear themselves, we offer a shell wash service operated by experts at our Service Centre.


How to wash your waterproof jacket at home

  • Rinse your washing machine to remove any leftover detergent and softeners.
  • Empty all pockets and close zips, pockets, and Velcro fastenings.
  • Use a non-biological liquid detergent or a specifically formulated technical cleaner.
  • Machine wash on a gentle, cool setting with our Rab Shell wash and Eco Proofer if reproofing is needed.
  • Hang the garment to dry naturally
  • Tumble dry on a low heat setting as per the care label
    30ºC or 40ºC is usually ideal for both jacket and pants
  • If hand washing, use cool water, gentle detergent, rinse well, and dry out of direct sunlight.

Reproofing your waterproof jacket or trousers is necessary when the DWR coating wears off. Options include tumble drying, washing with Rab Shell wash and EcoProofer, or using a spray-on DWR re-proofer.

Helping you remain dry

To ensure your waterproof shell functions effectively, wear moisture-wicking layers underneath to transfer perspiration to the breathable membrane. Avoid cotton and wool next to your skin as they absorb moisture, hindering breathability.