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post #11 of 22 (permalink) Old 04-18-2017, 06:48 PM
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I've washed my Olympia jacket in the washer, top loader, after removing the pads. I've also washed it in the bathtub, just let it soak a while, slosh it around, rinse, hang dry. I've washed my Motoport pants the same way, even though they say front loader only, I haven't had any problems doing it. Motoport pads don't have to be removed to wash. I've used Spray and Wash or other pre-treat on the bad spots on the jacket, it helps a little. I so rarely ride in the rain, I don't worry about its waterproofing anymore.
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I can not get the back pad out of my Olympia, so I hand wash it in a big tub with woollite and hang it out to dry. I remove all the other armor. I can get all the armor out of my Firstgear, so it goes in the front loading washer on the gentle cycle. Hang that one up to dry also.

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I have a hi-viz jacket and use detergent designed for camouflage hunting gear. It cuts down on fading.
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I remove the armor then wash my jackets in the bathtub and hang outside to dry, I've used that expensive Niki techwash stuff and as far as I could tell it was just wasted money so I won't be buying it again, Woolite is what some motorcycle clothing manufacturers recommend but I have never tried it, maybe next time.

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Firstgear Kilamanjaro and KLIM pants. I just wash in warm on the bedding cycle so it spins slower but longer.

Hang up to dry.

Sometimes the armour moves a bit and I have to straighten out but most times it stays put just fine.

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Motoport gear is washable, but only in a front-loading washer.

I remove the armor, and wash it on delicate in cold water. Drip dry.

Works great.

Freshen safely.


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Ok I will bite. Why only in a front loading washer?

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Motoport gear is washable, but only in a front-loading washer.

I remove the armor, and wash it on delicate in cold water. Drip dry.

Works great.

Freshen safely.


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Exactly what I do with both jacket and pants.

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Ok I will bite. Why only in a front loading washer?


No agitator I would guess.


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Ok I will bite. Why only in a front loading washer?


I have no idea, just what the instructions say.

I'm sure Wayne at motoport has a ready answer.....I've just never asked.


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No agitator I would guess.


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Modern top load washers don't have agitators. They should be ok I would think.
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