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DIY gear repairs: Waterproofing garments


Despite living on the second driest continent on earth, it’s almost unavoidable that some of your outdoor adventures will be in the rain. When this happens, you need to be able to rely on your gear to keep you dry.

Keep a supply of waterproof spray handy.

Waterproof spray for shoes 3

Get more wear out of your hiking boots.

Waterproof spray for shoes 3

Waterproofing boots and outerwear is a simple job but requires specific products to carry out the repair. Head to a outdoor supplier and pick up the required waterproofer for your style of outerwear or boots. In most cases, boots are waterproofed with a spray while garments require a wash in conditioner. As the requirements for each garment and waterproofing product differ, you are always best to check the manufacturer’s instructions.

Tip: some fabrics include a Durable Water Repellent (DWR) coating. When re-waterproofing these, a quick 20 minute spin in a tumble drier can assist in activating and restoring the DWR.

Repair cost

Waterproofer spray (for boots:) approx $10-20

Wash-in waterproofer: approx $20-30


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