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How to: Make your Cycling Clothing Waterproof Again

We show you how to restore your cycle clothing's waterproof qualities

Knowing how to make your cycling clothing waterproof again is a great skill to have. And when you see just how simple it is you’ll wonder why you have never tried it before…

Often, no matter how good a waterproof piece of clothing is, it will lose its effect after a while. So instead of investing in another jacket or pair of trousers with a hefty price tag, take a look at these products first because you might just be able to save yourself some pennies in the long-run.

Nikwax TX.Direct Spray-On

Nikwax produces a shed load of cleaning and waterproofing products that are really handy for cyclists. From sprays and washes specifically developed for fabrics used in the world of cycling (including softshells and wax cotton), there are two products that we strongly recommend you invest in.

Clothing can lose it’s breathability when it gets soaking wet, but the TX.Direct spray restores strong waterproofing and breathability back to your garments.

Simply spray it to the fabric and then leave it to air dry, it’s that simple. Just make sure you cover every piece of the garment, otherwise, the water will soon find its way in!

Nikwax TX.Direct Wash In

It’s a great idea to wash your waterproof clothing with a safe cleaner that’s been specifically made for waterproof fabric, otherwise, this can lead to damaging the efficiency of your product.

This wash from Nikwax helps to build up your garments waterproofing after each wash, so you won’t need to re-waterproof them until after around six washes. Genius!

Muc-Off Fabric Protector

Rejuvenate your cycling clothes with Muc-Off’s Fabric Protect spray. It’s been specifically designed to re-waterproof your clothing using hydrophobic technology.

This tech means it’s not only great for repelling water but great for stains too… like mud, grim and ketchup! Ideal for clothing and shoes, it’s hard to not get carried away and coat your whole wardrobe.

Kampa Super Hydrophobic Spray

Using hydrophobic nanotechnology, Kampa has created a powerful waterproof spray specifically designed for outdoor enthusiasts.

Safe for use on tents, clothing, shoes and much more, you can be confident in knowing your cycling clothes will have that added protection to keep them feeling as good as the day you got them.

Kamp Super Hydrophobic Spray is available here from £7.

If you’ve got a lot of cycling kit with a Durable Water Repellent coating (DWR), check out our comprehensive guide on how to take care of its protective qualities here.

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