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Textile Care

Due to the special application properties, sailing clothing cannot be washed like normal clothing. In the event of improper care, properties such as breathability and water-repellent effect are lost. For this reason, we ask you to strictly observe our following care instructions so that you can enjoy our WESTCOAST® products for as long as possible.


Make sure you only use special detergents for functional clothing
Normal household detergents clog the membrane with their soap and fragrance components. Bleach, fillers and color lighteners have been shown to reduce breathability.

Avoid using fabric softener
Fabric softeners contain silicones that are not water-soluble. These would stick together and clog the breathable membrane.

Regularly impregnate
WESTCOAST® oilskins, sailing jackets and sailing trousers (at least once per season)

We recommend the care products from HOLMENKOL for the care of WESTCOAST® products
Wash the product using the special detergent Holmenkol Textile Wash.
Always impregnate the functional clothing with Holmenkol Textile Proof after every wash.

Please only impregnate the outside. The material must be clean and dry before impregnation. Activation by heat (e.g. dryer or hair dryer) is not required for this product. Heat damages the material (nylon / polyamide).

Further important care information:
Please pay attention to the care label sewn into the respective WESTCOAST® product.

- Rinse salt water with plenty of clean water. 
- Remove heavy soiling under running water before machine washing.
- Before washing, close all zips and Velcro fasteners and pull the hood out of the collar if necessary.
- It is essential to set a low level when spinning
- Please always wash WESTCOAST® products separately and only fill the washing drum up to max. 2/3 of the machine volume with laundry.

If there is too much laundry, the detergent cannot be completely washed out. Detergent residues seal the membrane. Breathability is lost.
Let jackets dry completely on a hanger in a warm place. Please do not fold your sailing clothing while it is still damp.
Store the sailing clothing dry and not tightly folded. Ideally hanging on a hanger so that no kinks and folds can occur.

Breathability and waterproofness
In order for the breathability to work in sailing clothing (and in functional clothing with membrane technology in general), there must be a temperature gradient between the outside air and the body. The lower this temperature and thus pressure difference, the less moisture is transported away. In the case of large temperature differences, the breathability of the membrane materials used therefore plays a major role. The highly breathable WESTCOAST® Westech membrane ensures that moisture is quickly transported from the inside to the outside. Conversely, this also shows the limits of breathable functional clothing with membrane technology, regardless of the brand and manufacturer: If the temperature difference is too low, moisture can no longer be removed. So it's about improving the ability to breathe through the above To receive care instructions so that sweat can be transported away as quickly and as effectively as possible by working on deck, especially in cold seasons - i.e. times with normally large temperature differences between the body and the outside air. This prevents the body from cooling down. Regular impregnation of the outer layer with suitable impregnation agents (see above) maintains the water-repellent effect, protects the membrane from contamination and therefore has a positive effect on the breathability of the material.

DWR Durable Water Repellency WESTCOAST foul weather gear
Durable Water Repellency

WESTCOAST® oilskins and sailing jackets etc. are waterproof and at the same time breathable. It is precisely because of this combination of initially contradicting properties that very high demands are placed on the surface materials and membranes used. The membranes in WESTCOAST® products are waterproof, but without any further material treatment, moisture would penetrate the outer partial layer and lie on the waterproof membrane. If the water then forms a closed film in heavy rain showers or in continuous rain, the laminate of the outer layer and membrane would lose its vapor permeability and thus its breathability. Moisture would then no longer be able to be transported away sufficiently from the inside to the outside. The clothes would then feel clammy and uncomfortable and this is known as “wetting out”. When exercising, the body of an adult person produces up to 2 liters of sweat per hour. If there is a lack of breathability, the obvious impression can quickly arise that the clothing is leaking. In order to ensure waterproofness and remain breathable at the same time, the aforementioned WESTCOAST® products are also given a so-called "DWR finish". DWR stands for "Durable Water Repellency". It is an invisible impregnation of the outer layer. This DWR treatment causes water to roll off like the lotus effect and the clothing remains breathable. In addition, the DWR provides the water repellent effect -Treatment to keep dirt away, which also has a positive effect on breathability.

DWR is not an integral part of the laminate / fabric. Regular washing and any mechanical stress in normal daily use lead to a gradual reduction in the DWR coating. The mechanical stress occurs on the one hand through the stretching and stretching of the polyamide fabric fibers, which in use cannot be avoided through normal movement. Heavy loads come e.g. by rubbing / rubbing the life jacket on the functional clothing or by sitting and / or leaning against it. It is therefore important to regularly impregnate the aforementioned WestCoast® products with suitable special impregnating agents for functional materials (see below) so that the pearling effect and thus the breathability are maintained.

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