By: Blonde Two
Nothing lasts forever but, with a bit of care and attention, outdoor gear can last for a very long time. This is great news if you want to cut back on your expenditure and impact on the environment, and if you happen to love your oldest (but a bit leaky) jacket. We Blondes sometimes find it a bit tricky to schedule our gear maintenance schedule because we use it all so for so much of the year. When, for example, is a girl supposed to get her down sleeping bag cleaned if she uses it pretty much once a week for the whole 52? One outdoor gear maintenance (and preservation) activity that can easily take place in the winter is the washing and proofing of jackets and waterproof trousers. These work dogs of the outdoor world deserve a bit of tender loving care but are often neglected. If you have recently noticed water dribbling into your armpits or cold patches in your down jacket, it might be time to give it a clean (and, if suitable, a waterproof).
What with our own, our family’s and B1’s outdoor stores, we Blondes have a lot of outdoor gear to look after, which is why we were so pleased with our recent gift from Grangers who sell a whole range of outdoor gear cleaning and protection products. It can sometimes be tricky to decide which of these products to buy, which is why B1 and I thought the Grangers Down Care Kit and Clothing Care Kit were such a great idea. Everything you need to restore your waterproofs or down jacket, in one handy (and cardboard) pack. We all know that tumble drying down jackets with tennis balls is a good idea, but how many of us keep handy tennis balls in our laundries? I certainly don’t but the Granger Down Care Kit comes with handy blue balls (ouch!) as alternatives.
Thanks Grangers… we’ll be the shiny, dry and warm ones out on Dartmoor!
From time to time we Blondes are sent free outdoor products to field test and promote on social media. We will always be honest about our findings and any products we don’t keep for ourselves find their way into our expedition stores. Great for us, great for you and great for our youngsters!