Washing at a moderate or even cold temperatures prevents damage to the fabrics and foams. Galibier recommends all garments to be washed in a 30 degree machine wash or hand washed. Hot washing will reduce the lifetime and the functionality of the apparel.
Even before you put your bike shorts in the washer, there are things you can do to make the cleaning more effective.
Once you’re done with the wash, you should always hang your cycling clothes or technical apparel to air dry. Many types of cycling-specific fabrics, from wool to synthetics, will not do well in the dryer. Wool can shrink and the synthetic in the legs or waist of your shorts or bibs can become damaged. Even low temperatures in the dryer may break down the integrity of the garment and its technical components over time.
WHAT TO DO WHEN A GALIBIER SOFTSHELL OUTERLAYER STARTS TO ABSORB WATER.
Some Galibier garments like the Mistral have been treated with a durable water-repellant (DWR) finish, which keeps the outer fabric from becoming saturated so that the breathable barrier can do its job. This can wear off over time or if washed incorrectly. If the outer layer, of the 3 layer fabric starts to absorb water, the garment can lose some breathability as well as reducing water proofing. You can rejuvenate the DWR finish by applying a commercially available water-repellent spray-on DWR treatment like Nikwax SoftShell Proof™ We recommend spray-on finishes rather than wash-in finishes as it will effect the moisture management. We can do this for you for free if you return it to us. Our turnaround is 3 days.