We've all done it – leaving our kit in the drybag for a week after boating, only to find it crumpled and reeking the next time we want to use it. Following these simple steps will help to keep your gear in great shape for longer:
Waterproof jackets, pants & drysuits
Our XP fabrics are highly waterproof, breathable and durable. Palm garments are made for life on the river or at sea, but to keep them waterproof and breathable for longer, just follow a few simple steps:
- When packing your gear away, fold it up loosely and take care not to let latex seals come into contact with abrasive dirt, sand or oil-based substances (including sunscreen and insect repellent).
- Try not to leave your gear in a damp condition for long periods.
- Hand wash or machine wash on a gentle/delicate cycle at a maximum temperature of 30 ˚C.
- We recommend washing with Granger’s Performance Cleaner liquid detergent.
- We also recommend that you spray the outside of your garment with Granger’s XT Proofer to renew the DWR.
- Do not tumble dry. Hang your gear out of direct sunlight to dry naturally.
- Once dry, check to see if any repairs are necessary (we provide an excellent repair service).
- Store in a cool, dry place away from sunlight.
- Don’t pile your gear high, or stuff it all back into one bag. Avoid compressing your gear.
Always check individual garment care labels for precise instructions.
- For more about Granger’s waterproofing and cleaning products, visit www.grangers.co.uk
If you want to keep the water on the outside, look after your neck, wrist and ankle seals. Latex seals are not 100% watertight. Movement will always cause a minor amount of seepage, but this is usually insignificant and should not affect your comfort.
Every time you use your jacket, pants or drysuit:
- Remove all watches, rings and jewellery, gently place your hand and wrist inside the seal. With your other hand, ease each seal on one at a time.
- Use both hands for the neck seal, gently stretch the aperture to allow the seal to pass over your head.
- Remove any excess air from the paddle top by venting the neck with two fingers.
- If there are neck or cuff protectors on your jacket, check that the velcro is not firmly closed when you try to put it on.
- Once the latex seals fit snugly in place, ensure that the velcro tabs are properly adjusted and secured.
- Take just as much care when removing your paddle jacket, follow the reverse steps when undressing.
- For pants with latex ankle seals, it’s best to wear a sock, easing the seal on and then removing the sock.
- We recommend using a silicone protectant, e.g. McNett Seal Saver to extend the life of your seals.
- Natural latex seals are very sensitive to sunlight and also vulnerable to damage from – oil-based products, including sunscreen and insect repellent.
- The size of the latex seals are related to the size of the garment, should a seal feel excessively tight it is possible to achieve a custom fit by carefully trimming the seal with sharp scissors – neck seals have concentric rings as a guide, take extreme caution, ideally, you should wear the garment outdoors in cold weather to assess the size required before deciding whether to trim your seals.
- Remove all jewellery before putting on apparel.
- Use other hand to ease seal over hand.
- Use both hands to open neck seal.
- Wear a pair of socks while putting on ankle seals.
- Neck seals can be trimmed to size with a pair of scissors.
Due to their vulnerability, no guarantee can be given on latex seals once the garment has been worn.
At Palm, we use the very best waterproof zips in our drysuits. Take care of your zip to ensure that the teeth stay aligned and the zip functions smoothly.
- Zips are susceptible to damage when partly undone, keep your zip fully open or fully closed.
- Keep the zip flat and straight when folding or storing your garment, don’t fold the garment across the zip as this can break the teeth.
- Rinse zips with fresh water after use, especially after immersion in salt water.
- Check your zip for sand or dirt before every use.
- Lubricate your zip periodically with beeswax or a silicone lubricant, like McNett Max Wax, for BDM brass coil zips, or TiZip silicone grease for plastic MasterSeal zips (these are supplied with each TiZip drysuit from Palm).
- If the zip jams, try to release it by thoroughly washing in fresh water and applying lubricant. After releasing the zip, gently run the slider back and forth to spread the lubricant along the length of the zip and protect it from future jams.
- Store your garment rolled up, avoid folding or compressing your zip.
- BDM brass coil zips: store the garment with the zip open.
- TiZip MasterSeal zips: store the garment with the zip closed.
Most of our drysuits and pants feature breathable waterproof socks with taped seams and reinforced soles. Don’t walk around or paddle in your socks without overshoes. Both the inner and outer layers of the socks can be damaged by sharp or abrasive things like grit, sand or toenails. It’s best to wear a comfy layer inside your waterproof sock, try these Kosi socks.