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.