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The Grey Man

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The Grey Man

I have deceided winter is at an end.

Not for gardening purposes. No...winter coats. Time for a clean and a waterproofing session.

I have to be outside a fair bit for work so I need water and heat protection.

I have a Ridgeline hunting 3/4 length coat. An outer. New Zealand based company. Great with huge pockets. I got XXL size...not a fat sod...but it means I can use over a full parker coat mid winter.

Anyway..dont often use as although breathable any moderate walking it dosent have the wicking/ humidy ability to stay dry inside. Its my over coat for use summer..or winter if sat outside but little exercise in shit weather.

This last few days...been washing my winter non waterproof coats...ie I add the protection after.

Nikwax wash in. Nikwax spray on after and then I use the supermarket oil based sprays on top.

Might cost be 20 quid per two winter coats a year.

I could buy just a top range coat. I dont as I like the look of non camping wear out amd about but with waterproofing most standard coats become a close second.

I wouldnt go hiking with this method but for city areas quite useful.

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Almost done. The black coat I also dyed as it was looking a bit faded.

Just one more oil based waterproofer coat on this one. Ran out of spray.

 

Jobs a good un. Off they shortly go to the cupboard for next season. Washing clothes can be fun! 20210422_200007.thumb.jpg.a604f45b6feac94357050b0ddb718d1d.jpg

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3 hours ago, The Grey Man said:

Almost done. The black coat I also dyed as it was looking a bit faded.

Just one more oil based waterproofer coat on this one. Ran out of spray.

 

Jobs a good un. Off they shortly go to the cupboard for next season. Washing clothes can be fun! 20210422_200007.thumb.jpg.a604f45b6feac94357050b0ddb718d1d.jpg

Don't forget to put your tennis balls in the dryer for any feather or down jackets.

Top tip

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4 minutes ago, Straingone said:

Don't forget to put your tennis balls in the dryer for any feather or down jackets.

Top tip

Not heard of this S. What is the purpose?

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Just now, The Grey Man said:

Not heard of this S. What is the purpose?

Fluffs up the feathers and puts the air back inside the jacket. You can only put one jacket in and keep the temperature low. Noisy as heck, but they come out fully puffed and more importantly dry with no soggy lumps of feathers in the stitched corners.

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1 minute ago, Straingone said:

Fluffs up the feathers and puts the air back inside the jacket. You can only put one jacket in and keep the temperature low. Noisy as heck, but they come out fully puffed and more importantly dry with no soggy lumps of feathers in the stitched corners.

Most useful. I have a few of my sons to process for next season so will add to the mix. Thanks.

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1 minute ago, The Grey Man said:

Most useful. I have a few of my sons to process for next season so will add to the mix. Thanks.

Sportsdirect for the tennis balls and Screwfix for the ear defenders.

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1 minute ago, Straingone said:

Sportsdirect for the tennis balls and Screwfix for the ear defenders.

I fucked up last year.

Friend emigrated. Anyway left me a lot of outdoor gear. He lived more rural in the Peninnes.

There was a pair of furry snow boots. Machine washed. Then banged in dryer. Fucked both machines up! I had no time to look but my wife went on you tube..took both machines apart...fixed the struts in both machines that had rattled loose and took out the fur.

 

Saved me a big bill.

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Just now, The Grey Man said:

I fucked up last year.

Friend emigrated. Anyway left me a lot of outdoor gear. He lived more rural in the Peninnes.

There was a pair of furry snow boots. Machine washed. Then banged in dryer. Fucked both machines up! I had no time to look but my wife went on you tube..took both machines apart...fixed the struts in both machines that had rattled loose and took out the fur.

 

Saved me a big bill.

She's a keeper, my top tip will save her some work on the tools hopefully.

I have been using this method for a while and it has save me a fortune in dry cleaning bills.

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1 minute ago, jm51 said:

I use a mesh laundry bag and a cold wash for suits and woollen coats. Got into it when I couldn't find a dry cleaner that did hats.

Will try this at some point in the future as I haven't had to wear a suit for such a long time.

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6 minutes ago, jm51 said:

I use a mesh laundry bag and a cold wash for suits and woollen coats. Got into it when I couldn't find a dry cleaner that did hats.

Again new to me. Mesh Laundry Bag. 

Dont want to be accused of being Mums Net..but..

Clothes in bag...and can go in both drier and washer?

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30 minutes ago, The Grey Man said:

Again new to me. Mesh Laundry Bag. 

Dont want to be accused of being Mums Net..but..

Clothes in bag...and can go in both drier and washer?

xD We are all mumsnet deep down.

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1 hour ago, Straingone said:

Will try this at some point in the future as I haven't had to wear a suit for such a long time.

That was for the court appearance, although I am sure your parole date is far in the future.:S

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13 hours ago, The Grey Man said:

Again new to me. Mesh Laundry Bag. 

Dont want to be accused of being Mums Net..but..

Clothes in bag...and can go in both drier and washer?

The bag stops the textiles getting mashed up in the machinery.

I've never had a drier. They come out of a 800 rpm spin quite damp and then stay on an indoor rack until dry. Usually a couple of days.

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Just purchsed Nikwax direct wash in 5l..about £45.50.

 

Ordered last year May 10th...2020  £35. 04  5litres.

 

I think they they were the base price..then and now.

Steep increase.

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On 22/04/2021 at 23:49, jm51 said:

I use a mesh laundry bag and a cold wash for suits and woollen coats. Got into it when I couldn't find a dry cleaner that did hats.

I've successfully used the mesh bag for suits but in a hot tumble dryer with solvent sheet.

It's far better than using dry cleaners because it rpelicates their process but you are only doing one suit.

Apologies for the Amazon link but these sort of things.  They are single use but at about £2 per sheet they are a fraction of the price of a dry cleaner and far better.  Even old suits smell fresh afterwards.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Woolite-Home-Cleaner-Fragrance-Cloths/dp/B00H3R1JTY

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On 22/04/2021 at 23:52, Straingone said:

Will try this at some point in the future as I haven't had to wear a suit for such a long time.

Don't machine wash a suit, the jacket has lots of shaping to it that will get destroyed.

You can gently handwash suit trousers but they will need ironing through a pressing cloth.

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On 23/04/2021 at 23:21, The Grey Man said:

Just purchsed Nikwax direct wash in 5l..about £45.50.

 

Ordered last year May 10th...2020  £35. 04  5litres.

 

I think they they were the base price..then and now.

Steep increase.

Believe it or not there's a shortage of surfactants. Prices of the basic materials are through the roof this year. 

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I'm looking for a breathable waterproof jacket (with hood) to wear for walking / hiking. I don't know much about this stuff because I'm only just getting into it. I imagine the kind of thing that might be suitable would be a lightweight raincoat that I would wear on top of a fleece jacket. I know from experience of just walking for 40 minutes that my back starts to sweat in an ordinary coat, so I think breathable is even more important to me than waterproof / rainproof.

I've had a look at what's available on the websites of outdoor clothing shops. I've seen a few that are described as being "breathable" (presumably the material) but I don't know how effective that is. I had expected to see ventilation flaps in the mid/upper back, for example: material from the top part overlapping the material of the lower part with gaps in between so that air can circulate. However, I've only seen two like that. One was about 700 to 800 quid (way out of my price range) and the other was about 40 quid (well within my price range).

I've also seen ponchos that look like they would be quite a loose fit and maybe therefore more breathable than a coat, but I've no experience of using them so cannot be sure.

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Another thing I saw on some jackets was "pit zips", i.e. zips under the arm pits that can be unzipped to allow air in. I like the idea of that, but I think it's my back that sweats more, rather than my armpits, when I walk for 40 minutes or more. Maybe the pit zips would let air in that would eventually find its way to my back. I've never had a jacket like that so I don't know.

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@Cat JonJon Are you wearing a rucksack? 

That's more likely to be the cause of your sweaty back and that will remain the case even with a 'decent' breathable jacket.

Have a look for Regatta stuff, very good quality for the price as it's not regarded as a trendy brand, I recently got a couple of jackets very heavily discounted, one from their own website/outlet (sign up with them and they'll keep sending discount codes) and one from an independent eBay shop.

I recently got this one for £22...

https://www.regatta.com/mens-defender-iii-waterproof-3-in-1-jacket-navy-black-1/

 

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18 minutes ago, Royston said:

@Cat JonJon Are you wearing a rucksack? 

That's more likely to be the cause of your sweaty back and that will remain the case even with a 'decent' breathable jacket.

Have a look for Regatta stuff, very good quality for the price as it's not regarded as a trendy brand, I recently got a couple of jackets very heavily discounted, one from their own website/outlet (sign up with them and they'll keep sending discount codes) and one from an independent eBay shop.

I recently got this one for £22...

https://www.regatta.com/mens-defender-iii-waterproof-3-in-1-jacket-navy-black-1/

 

another vote from me!

The only decent goretex jacket I ever bought was a Berghaus one in the early 90s. Still going today and a lot thicker material than the modern stuff. The joint sealing tape started peeling off about a year ago and I just ironed on new tape last week.
Ive bought similar gore-tex since and they have all fallen apart in less time (north face etc) . (so much so that Ive been watching some 90s goretex jackets on ebay recently). I just replaced another 1990s helly hansen hellytech jacket that had holes in it and de-laminated breathable membrane with one off ebay almost identical which came with the original packaging and looked like it had been in a cupboard for 30 years!
Gore-tex etc are only a spray on/bonded  coating on the inside of the outer shell material IIRC so they can de-laminate over time so watch this when looking at older jackets or ones that have been washed too much.

Ive also a US army poncho from the mid-late 80s I think and its great for walking around in the rain if you dont mind looking like an extra from first blood. Its non breathable but as royston points out above you will get sweaty anyway with any rucksack/backpack. Last year bought a us woodland camo wet weather parka for about 15 quid, waterproof but very sweaty underneath so handy for sitting around and not doing much.

Ive just ordered some grade 1 german army goretex trousers and jacket for around 50 quid for the pair so will see what they are like (love the flecktarn me!). Most of it depends on the proofing as without that on the outside you will get wet regardless.

In the last couple of years Ive gone off the high tech garments, as mentioned above (and probably in line with what I paid for my old berghaus in real terms) really good quality doesnt come cheap. Ive tended more towards ex-military or trade stuff (arco, screwfix for regatta, own brand etc).

 

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42 minutes ago, Royston said:

@Cat JonJon Are you wearing a rucksack? 

That's more likely to be the cause of your sweaty back and that will remain the case even with a 'decent' breathable jacket.

Have a look for Regatta stuff, very good quality for the price as it's not regarded as a trendy brand, I recently got a couple of jackets very heavily discounted, one from their own website/outlet (sign up with them and they'll keep sending discount codes) and one from an independent eBay shop.

I recently got this one for £22...

https://www.regatta.com/mens-defender-iii-waterproof-3-in-1-jacket-navy-black-1/

 

I got a cheap Regatta Stormbreak waterproof jacket last year for £6 in fluro yellow. They only have the dark colour ones on their site now and for double the price I paid back then. I prefer the brighter colours so can be seen either by traffic on quiet country roads or other people on the trails so they'll get out of the way earlier than having to shout ahead. xD

Taped seams is perhaps the biggest thing to look for in these, so more waterproof.

I got a larger size so it fits over my running kit if caught in bad weather on the trails or moors, and baggy enough to get ventilation in from below (water doesn't run upwards xD), so I only use it as a backup overjacket and have more breathable fitting jackets for normal weather situations.

I see these things as more for helping maintian a comfortable temperature, especially if windy as well as wet, as one will get wet anyway from either the sweat or rain. If want to stay dry, stay indoors. xD

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