Clothing Care Guide

General Care

We work hard to source durable fabrics so that you can enjoy a long life from our cycling garments. Following the care label instructions found on the garment helps ensure the longest possible life for each of our products. The information on each label is unique to each garment, so please follow that for specific detail.

To get the longest possible life from your products, wash them less! Depending on the type of garment will determine how often you need to wash it. For example, when a waterproof jacket has become dirty, where possible we advise using a damp cloth to wipe clean before making the decision to run it through the wash or not. Alternatively, a heavily sweated in polyester baselayer will need a wash after almost every use.

The less chemicals and abrasion cycles a garment goes through, the better for the life of the garment and the environment.

Waterproof Garments

A common misconception with waterproof garments is that they shouldn’t be washed because it destroys the waterproof ability of the garment. This is not true. What is important is that you wash the garment only when required, and with the correct products.

Firstly, decide if you need to wash the garment. If it’s covered in trail spray for example, you might be able to get away with cleaning it with a damp cloth. Repeated washing will age your garment, so best to do it only when necessary.

Once you’ve decided to wash your garment, it’s really important to use the correct soap. A regular biological soap for example can damage the membrane, meaning your garment would no longer keep water out. Nikwax Tech Wash or Grangers Performance wash are among many good products on the market for the wash cycle.

We recommend washing at 30 degrees on a synthetic wash cycle. You can tumble dry on a low setting or line dry.

All of our waterproof garments are treated with a Durable Water Repellent finish (DWR) which keeps the outer fabric layer from becoming saturated with water, allowing it to remain breathable. After a few wash cycles or once the water stops beading off the surface, it’s time to re-proof your garment.

We recommend using Nikwax TX Direct, Grangers Repel, or similar. There are many other good products on the market.

We suggest using a re-proof spray for our 2-layer and 3-layer jackets. This prevents the inner layer of fabric from become water repellent and trapping your sweat from wicking away. You can use a spray-on or wash-in product for 2.5-layer jackets.

Softshell Jackets

Firstly, decide if you need to wash the garment. If it’s covered in trail spray for example, you might be able to get away with cleaning it with a damp cloth. Repeated washing will age your garment, so best to do it only when necessary.

Once you’ve decided to wash your garment, it’s really important to use the correct soap. A regular biological soap for example can remove the DWR (Durable Water Repellent) coating, meaning your garment would no longer bead water off the surface. Nikwax Tech Wash or Grangers Performance wash are among many good products on the market for the wash cycle.

We recommend washing at 30 degrees on a synthetic wash cycle. You can tumble dry on a low setting or line dry.

After a few wash cycles or once the water stops beading off the surface, it’s time to re-coat your garment to ensure the DWR coating continues to perform. You can use either a wash-in or spray on product. We recommend using Nikwax TX Direct, Grangers Repel, or similar. There are many other good products on the market.

Synthetic Down Outerwear

Firstly, decide if you need to wash the garment. If it’s covered in trail spray for example, you might be able to get away with cleaning it with a damp cloth. Repeated washing will age your garment, so best to do it only when necessary.

We use synthetic alternatives to down feathers in our garments. Various products exist for washing synthetic down such as Nikwax Tech Wash or Grangers Down Wash. Ensure the product you choose is suitable for synthetic fills.

We recommend washing at 30 degrees on a synthetic wash cycle. You can tumble dry on a low setting or line dry.

Showerproof Jackets and Gilets

Firstly, decide if you need to wash the garment. If it’s covered in trail spray for example, you might be able to get away with cleaning it with a damp cloth. Repeated washing will age your garment, so best to do it only when necessary.

Once you’ve decided to wash your garment, it’s really important to use the correct soap. A regular biological soap for example can remove the DWR (Durable Water Repellent) coating, meaning your garment would no longer bead water off the surface. Nikwax Tech Wash or Grangers Performance wash are among many good products on the market for the wash cycle.

We recommend washing at 30 degrees on a synthetic wash cycle. You can tumble dry on a low setting or line dry.

After a few wash cycles or once the water stops beading off the surface, it’s time to re-coat your garment to ensure the DWR coating continues to perform. You can use either a wash-in or spray on product. We recommend using Nikwax TX Direct, Grangers Repel, or similar. There are many other good products on the market.

Trousers and Shorts

If your trousers or shorts are fully waterproof, please refer to our Waterproof Garments care instructions.

Firstly, decide if you need to wash the garment. If it’s covered in trail spray for example, you might be able to get away with cleaning it with a damp cloth. Repeated washing will age your garment, so best to do it only when necessary.

Once you’ve decided to wash your garment, it’s really important to use the correct soap. A regular biological soap for example can remove the DWR (Durable Water Repellent) coating, meaning your garment would no longer bead water off the surface. Nikwax Tech Wash or Grangers Performance wash are among many good products on the market for the wash cycle.

We recommend washing at 30 degrees on a synthetic wash cycle. You can tumble dry on a low setting or line dry.

After a few wash cycles or once the water stops beading off the surface, it’s time to re-coat your garment to ensure the DWR coating continues to perform. You can use either a wash-in or spray on product. We recommend using Nikwax TX Direct, Grangers Repel, or similar. There are many other good products on the market.

Jerseys and Baselayers

If your jersey or baselayer is made from merino wool, please refer to our merino wool care instructions.

We recommend washing at 30 degrees on a synthetic wash cycle. Avoid using fabric softener as this can affect the wicking or any anti-bacterial finishes on the garment.

You can use any performance wash from Nikwax or Grangers to make sure you get the longest possible life from your kit.

We suggest to line dry to ensure any finishes on the fabric remain for longer.

Lycra Bib Tights, Tights, Bib Shorts & Shorts

We recommend washing at 30 degrees on a synthetic wash cycle. Avoid using fabric softener as this can affect the wicking or any anti-bacterial finishes on the garment.

You can use any performance wash from Nikwax, Grangers or similar to make sure you get the longest possible life from your kit.

Line dry to ensure any finishes on the fabric remain for longer.

Some of our bib tights and tights have a DWR coating and can be treated with a reproofing suitable for soft shell and fleece. You can use either a wash-in or spray on product. We recommend using Nikwax TX Direct, Grangers Repel, or similar. There are many other good products on the market.

Merino Wool

Some of our base layers, accessories and socks contain blends of merino wool. We suggest to handwash in lukewarm water using a Nikwax Wool Wash, Grangers Merino Wash, or similar. There are many other good products on the market.

We realise that handwashing your garments isn’t always easy. If you decide to machine wash, ensure that the cycle is at a maximum 30 degrees and on a delicate wash cycle.

Avoid using fabric softener as this affects the hand feel and performance of the wool.

Do not tumble dry wool items as they will shrink. We suggest to flat dry them and avoid stretching the base layers. Our socks may need stretching back after washing in warm water.

Caps

If your cap is made from merino wool, please refer to our merino wool care instructions.

We recommend washing at 30 degrees on a synthetic wash cycle. Avoid using fabric softener as this can affect the wicking or any anti-bacterial finishes on the garment.

You can use any performance wash from Nikwax, Grangers or similar to make sure you get the longest possible life from your kit.

Line dry to ensure any finishes on the fabric remain for longer. You may need to reshape the peak post wash.

Socks, Neck Warmers, Arm/Knee/Leg Warmers

If your socks or neck warmer is made from merino wool, please refer to our merino wool care instructions.

We recommend washing at 30 degrees on a synthetic wash cycle. Avoid using fabric softener as this can affect the wicking or any anti-bacterial finishes on the garment.

You can use any performance wash from Nikwax, Grangers or similar to make sure you get the longest possible life from your kit.

Line dry to ensure any finishes on the fabric remain for longer.

Some of our arm, knee and leg warmers have a DWR coating and can be treated with a reproofing suitable for soft shell and fleece. You can use either a wash-in or spray on product. We recommend using Nikwax TX Direct, Grangers Repel, or similar. There are many other good products on the market.

Overshoes & Toe Covers

We suggest to handwash in lukewarm water using a performance wash from Nikwax, Grangers or similar. There are many other good products on the market.

We realise that handwashing your garments isn’t always easy. If you decide to machine wash, ensure that the cycle is at a maximum 30 degrees and on a delicate wash cycle. Avoid using fabric softener as this can affect the wicking or any anti-bacterial finishes on the garment.

Do not tumble dry. Line dry to ensure any finishes on the fabric remain for longer.

Gloves and Mitts

We suggest to handwash in lukewarm water using a Nikwax Wool Wash, Grangers Merino Wash, or similar. There are many other good products on the market.

We realise that handwashing your garments isn’t always easy. If you decide to machine wash, ensure that the cycle is at a maximum 30 degrees and on a delicate wash cycle. Avoid using fabric softener as this can affect the wicking or any anti-bacterial finishes on the garment.

You can use any performance wash from Nikwax, Grangers or similar to make sure you get the longest possible life from your kit.

Waterproof gloves over time will begin to lose the DWR coating. This is when it’s time to re-coat your gloves to ensure the DWR coating continues to perform. We recommend using Nikwax Glove Proof, or similar.

Leather gloves: Do not machine wash. Wipe clean.

Helmets

Wipe the outer clean with warm soapy water. Take extra care when cleaning dirt from shell, as you can scratch the surface with debris in the dirt.

We recommend washing any detachable pad inserts at 30 degrees on a synthetic wash cycle. You can use any performance wash from Nikwax, Grangers or similar to make sure you get the longest possible life from your helmet pads.

Eyewear

It’s easy to damage lenses if you use the wrong type of cloth or cleaner, so take care when cleaning eyewear. The microfibre pouch provided with your glasses is OK, but specific lens cleaning cloths are best.

Wipe clean with lukewarm soapy water. Take extra care when cleaning dirt from lenses, as you can scratch coatings with debris in the dirt.

Use a specialist lens spray and microfibre lens wipe for lenses.