Yes, washing waterproof gear is a must. Taking care to wash your gear effectively will make your jackets, tents or sleeping bags last longer and make sure they don’t start “wetting out” (when they start to soak up water like a rag). It will also stave off the eventual peeling and bubbling on the waterproof layers surface, which ultimately will mean its replacement time. Just don’t forget to use a waterproof-specific detergent and re-treat your gear with a DWR after washing (see our article on How to Wash and Reproof Your Hiking Jacket for more information).
# Washing Tips