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Washing and re-proofing waterproof jackets or clothing can be a daunting challenge to take on, but as long as you stick to a few basic rules, washing and re-treating waterproof garments (including Gore-tex) is a relatively simple and safe thing to do. Here’s how to do it.  

What you’ll need:

  • Nikwax Tech Wash
  • TX Direct (for re-proofing)
  • A washing machine

Before you start...

  • Brush off any loose mud or dirt.
  • Check you have not left any items inside the item or the pockets.
  • Do up any zips or Velcro and close any flaps.
  • Remove all detergent build up from the detergent dispenser in your machine
  • Place item in washing machine (ideally one item per wash)

1. How to set up the cycle

  • Use Nikwax Tech Wash - 150ml in medium/hard water areas and 100ml in soft water areas
  • Wash according to care label – this is usually a gentle cycle with a slow spin.

2. After washing

  • Run multiple spin cycles, each time incrementally increasing the spin speed, to remove excess water.
  • If you need to retreat your jacket at this point, jump straight ahead to RE-PROOFING.  If not, simply proceed to dry your product.
  • Air dry on a washing line.


For most people especially with a relatively new garment, washing will probably be sufficient to revive its performance. However for those of you with older products that are struggling with the outer fabric absorbing water it may be time for you to improve the DWR (Durable Waterproof Repellency). Just about every outdoor jacket comes with a coating of DWR and over time the coating will lose its effectiveness. The job of the DWR is to allow water to bead up on a fabric and roll off, as opposed to soaking in. Don’t expect miracles, but a good DWR should allow you to keep the water from soaking through for short periods or rainfall.  If you find that water doesn’t bead off your product at all, then it’s time to retreat it in order for it to perform at its best. Here’s how to do it... Product range for garment care
  1. Wash as instructed in step 1 above.

  2. After washing:

  • Remove all detergent build up from the detergent dispenser
  • Place clean item in washing machine (maximum one item)
  • Use Nikwax TX Direct™ - 150ml for one item
  • Run 30°C synthetic cycle and slow spin (be sure to read the garment care label)
  • After the washing cycle has finished run multiple spin cycles, each time incrementally increasing the spin speed, to remove excess water.

Further tips and advice

  • You can wash an item more than once, although unfortunately nothing lasts forever. The more you wash a garment the more it will affect the performance, so wash it only when you need to.
  • Do NOT under any circumstances use biological soap. You can however safely use non-bio soap, or for extra benefits we would recommend using specially designed washing liquid for waterproof jackets such as Nikwax Tech Wash as mentioned above.
  • If you wash your item with the wrong detergent it can damage the performance, effecting the fabric’s breathability and water resistance. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have ruined the item but it does mean you’ll have to work quite hard to revive it. You may need to wash and retreat the item a few times to regain its performance. Damage can be more severe if washed several times in the wrong detergent.
  • Do NOT iron - the heat from an iron could damage the outer fabric and would also have an effect in compressing the down, therefore destroying its performance.
  • You don’t need to re-proof an item after every wash. Only do this when necessary, which is when the DWR begins to fail.

Check out some of our waterproof jackets

John Norris Typhoon Lightweight Waterproof Jacket Musto Fenland Packaway Jacket John Norris Lerwick Jacket Barbour Ladies Dunsop Jacket

How to Care for Your Waders

10 August 2015 11:42:17 BST

Ever wanted to give your waders the treatment they deserve? Well, whether you need to re-waterproof the fabric, shift a nasty smell or generally give them a good old fashioned clean, we’ve got it covered. Here’s a quick guide to taking good care of your waders, so they can continue to take good care of you!  


There are three main reasons you should keep your waders clean. Firstly, it aids in the breathability of the fabric and helps the waders perform better. It also ensures they are comfortable to wear – dirty waders can get stiff with grime. And, of course, it keeps them (and you) hygienic and smelling nice! Gore-tex and breathable waders should be washed at least twice a season. It’s also important to wash and dry your waders before any repairs are done.
  1.  Machine Washing

When washing waders in a washing machine, there are some very important things to remember:
  • If possible, take off any loose parts such as shoulder straps or wading belts. Alternatively, fold them inside a zip lock bag to prevent them getting caught inside the machine.
  • Always use cold water with a cold rinse.
  • Never use powder always a non bio liquid detergent. Grangers Wash-In Cleaner or Revivex High Tech Fabric Cleaner and Nikwax are a more gentle option, specifically designed for waterproof wader fabric.
  • Do NOT use any fabric softener.
  • Hang the waders inside out and let them drip dry.
If you want to store your waders, it is VERY IMPORTANT that they are completely dry. Folding up damp waders can cause mould to form, or cause the tape on the seams to loosen and fade.  
  1. Hand Washing

You can also wash your waders by hand in a bath or a large sink. To do this, simply follow the steps below
  • Dissolve washing solution in cool water and soak the waders.
  • If they are particularly dirty, just scrub them lightly with a soft brush.
  • Ensure you rinse the waders thoroughly.
  • Hang your waders up inside out and leave them to dry completely.
  • Remember to make sure they are COMPLETELY dry before putting them away (see above).


Should the waterproof coating on your waders start failing, don’t panic! There is a simple way to get your waders back to their old selves. Simply follow these easy steps:
  1. Hang your waders up.
  2. Spray on the Simms Revivex Water Repellent. There is no need to spray it on neoprene or rubber parts.
  3. While waders are damp, use a hairdryer to activate the water repellent treatment, and help dry the waders.
Former England Youth International and now the Shakespeare European Brand manager, James Robbins answers our questions.   Name: James Robbins Age: 42 Location: Warwickshire Job Description: Shakespeare European Brand manager Likes: All kinds of fishing Dislikes: Cormorants James Robbins 3 Describe a typical day for you? Apart from in the depths of winter I try and fish everyday even if only for a short 1-2 hour session. I often fish before or after work and at least a full day at the weekend.   What age did you start fishing? I got my first rod when I was 8 whilst on holiday in Cornwall. Before that I used to spend hours fishing in rock pools with my hands or a net. My parents used to say I was addicted to fishing!   James Robbins 2What is your first fishing memory? Catching a Chub whilst visiting some family friends in Wales, I was about 9 and remember they had a small river at the bottom of the garden. I caught a nice Chub on floating bread and as no one in my family fished, I truly caught and landed the fish on my own – a big surprise to everyone.   What do you love most about the Sport? I love so many aspects of the sport: The varied environments we fish and the different seasons we experience. I enjoy being competitive when fishing in individual and team competitions and also catching fish on new methods and venues. Most of all I love the comradeships that fishing brings, I think fisherman are a certain breed that are typically friendly, funny and generous. I have many such fishing mates from different backgrounds, ages and countries.   Describe your casting style? Agricultural but effective.   What is your most memorable fishing experience? I have to split this into 3 answers (coarse, fly, sea): In 1991 I represented England in the World Youth Championships in Slovakia, this was a great experience and achievement. I caught a beautiful sea-liced 16lb spring salmon from the South Tyne. This is my biggest salmon taken on a fly and is memorable for the fight and also the fact I was with one of my best fishing mates. My first halibut caught when fishing in Norway. We were fishing for a week in the Arctic-circle with 24 hour daylight. I don’t think I’ve ever fished so hard and intensely as on that trip.   James Robbins 4What piece of kit could you not live without? A top quality hook.   What do you still want to tick off your fishing bucket list? Sea trout fishing in Patagonia, hope to go next year.   Any funny fishing tales you would like to share? I have many but have just read a fantastic book: ‘Terminal Chancer’ by James Galbraith, think it’s a brilliant and very funny book – recommend it.     Your perfect day would be consisting of? My other big passion is skiing so a perfect day would have include both skiing and fishing: Start early with a full breakfast - Skiing off-piste in powder and under blue sky - Long lunch in my favourite mountain restaurant - salmon fishing in perfect conditions and a catching a 20lb+ fresh salmon on the fly – dinner and night out in with my mates……… did ask!   How did you get a career start in the fishing industry? I was a member of the Shakespeare Super-team (match fishing team) and in 2004 was asked to be a consultant for Shakespeare match and coarse products and also help at consumer shows. In 2005 I was offered a full time job as a product development manager for Shakespeare and I jumped at the chance!   James Robbins Any advice for fellow anglers that would like a career in the fishing world? Obviously being a keen and experienced angler is a great attribute when looking for a career in the angling trade. However it’s also important to have experience, qualifications and skills in business sales and marketing. Unfortunately few jobs in trade involve fishing full time!   What is the big thing for your brand this year? Our new Oracle Skagit and 4pc Switch rods will be great additions to our extremely successful Oracle salmon range of rods, reels and lines. For sea fishing the new Agility Tipster rods are generating a lot of excitement with our consultants and the press. They are specifically designed for the UK and reflect the modern techniques of sea fishing with soft tip rods and sporting actions.   Receive a FREE Shooting Head with every Shakespeare Oracle Switch and Scandi Rod View our range of Shakespeare Reels and Spools   Can you give us any advice or useful tips? Don’t be afraid to ask other anglers questions and never stop learning. Also don’t be in a rush to start a fishing session, take your time! Spend time observing the water and keep as stealthy and quiet as possible.  

Fishing Tackle Tips

13 May 2009 18:13:57 BST

Here at John Norris, we are constantly looking to improve and develop our website, to provide an interesting and worthwhile resource for fishing enthusiasts. With this in mind, we have used our decades of experience and knowledge to give you the following fishing tackle hints and tips, to help you to make the most of your fishing experience. Fishing tackle tip: Fill in warranty cards After purchasing new fishing rods, always return your warranty card so that the manufacturer knows who you are and can look after your fishing rod if it is faulty. Fishing tackle tip: Watch your fly line When Salmon Fishing, do not strike immediately but keep a loop of fly line in your hand and allow the Fish to take the loop then lift the rod this will then set the hook and give you a better chance of landing the fish. Fishing tackle tip: Take proper care of carbon fibre fishing rods When a carbon fibre fishing rod jams it is tempting to loosen the joints with WD 40. This is one of the biggest mistakes you could make as this will have an adhesive effect on the carbon fibre. Fishing tackle tip: Let your waders breathe Gore-tex and Breathable waders should be washed in the washing machine at 30 degrees using Grangers wash in cleaner at least twice a season to stop the membrane clogging up with dirt and sweat. If you’d like to share your own fishing tackle hints and tips, we’d love to hear from you. Why not email us at:
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