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Loss of water resistance in Gore-tex rider gear and how to restore

After repeatedly getting wet recently I have come to the conclusion Gore-tex rider gear totally loses its water resistance over time.. Yes I probably am the last person to realise this, I usually am with many things.

My experience has been that the gear works exceptionally well the first ride season then the water resistance next season is slightly less but still passable if not all day rain however from there on it no longer works so well and gets clammy inside and damp right through after 3 years at which stage anything more than light shower or short exposure will defeat the garments. This is not limited to just one item but has been repeated on two riding outfits affecting jackets and pants of both as well as three pairs of Gore-tex gloves.

From what I have learned online yes the outer waterproof coating fades and washing detergents may accelerate this. So what you say - its the Gore-tex membrane that stops the water entering right? Yes and No.

Surprisingly it seems the Gore-tex only works if the outer shell is water resistant – which has me scratching my head doubting how effective Gore-tex actually is if it relies on another shell to stop the water ….? 

There are various wash in treatments but I have read that I should use a spray on treatment to my jacket and pants as the wash in may restrict the breathability since it waterproofs the liner and every part of the garment.

So I have obtained the Nikwax TX spray on treatment and Nikwax leather treatment and will let you know how this goes when I am riding in rain again which will no doubt happen in coming months.

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Update. The spray on treatment despite being 300ml was only enough to treat my jacket. The textile material requires a lot to make sure it is thoroughly coated.

The leather treatment on the other hand goes a long way. I worked the cream into the gloves and my boots and have enough to treat same a few times again.

The gloves and boots look great and the treatment is also like a restoration of the gloves, very pleased with that instead of buying new pair.

Initial test in the shower is a pass, water beads up and rolls off easy.

I may just get the wash in treatment for my pants as then I can add a few other things to the tub and have everything treated.

Further updates will be added.

4 comments

  1. I'm very keen to see what the results are. You know what you need to do mate, get out there in that storm and come back and tell us the results. Your practically a motorcycle blog reporter now anyway.

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    1. Ha-ha well there is no shortage of rain in Japan so the gear will be properly tested sooner or later whether I like it or not

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  2. Best follow advice from Gore. I wash and tumble dry my running and cycling gear and works every time. See link https://www.gore-tex.com/support/restoring-water-repellency

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    1. Thanks David, that is a good link. I have washed the gear carefully a few times. I cannot tumble dry but I have a hot air hanging dryer as is common in Japan but the gear has continued to lose its effectiveness so I think the outer shell has lost that DWR coating that Gore speak about and should be fixed once I re-apply it.

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