How to Get the Most out of GORE-TEX Gear
How to care for the Nodak collection
How to keep your whites, white. STEP 1 Remove caked-on dirt with soft brush. STEP 2 To spot treat, apply a small amount of liquid detergent and use a wet sponge/cloth to gently rub into the stain via a circular motion. STEP 3 Then begin our normal GORE-TEX Care Instructions . read more
Why you should clean your SITKA Gear
SITKA Gear is designed to provide exceptional weather protection and breathability. Because hunters seek the trail less traveled, garments naturally build-up dirt and other surface contaminants such as blood, sweat and campfire smoke which can reduce the effectiveness of the textile’s performance and breathability.Routine care and maintenance ensures the optimum performance of your SI... read more
General care instructions
Each garment has its own care instructions. Be sure to read the care tag before washing and/or drying your gear. WASH In general washing your gear under a Normal setting with warm water and a hunting-specific detergent will remove most dirt and blood stains. We recommend a second rinse cycle. Wash with like colors. Do not use bleach or fabric softeners and do not dry clean. DRY We rec... read more
When to wash your GORE-TEX® Gear
This simply depends on how often or how hard you use your gear. The following applies for both standard SITKA Gear and GORE-TEX® products. For next-to-skin layers, vigorous activity or gear that’s been worn on a successful hunt, we suggest washing every 10-12 days or as soon as you get home. For light activity, wash every 20 to 30 days of use.We recommend using your best judgment. If ... read more
How often can I wash my GORE-TEX® garment?
Wash your garment as often as you need to. In fact, washing and tumble drying will actually help restore the water repellency performance of a GORE-TEX® garment. read more
How to wash your GORE-TEX® Gear
If you take care of your gear, it will take care of you - even with serious mileage under the hood.By following these care procedures, you’ll be confident when that heavy weather front blows over the horizon. *Please Note: Before washing your garment, zip the front, pits and pockets and be sure to fasten all flaps and straps.* WASH Machine wash on a warm permanent press c... read more
Why do I need to use a water repellent treatment on my GORE-TEX® product?
Gore shell fabrics, the outermost fabric layer of a GORE-TEX® garment, are treated with an ultra thin polymer coating known as DWR, or durable water repellent. This coating causes water to bead up and roll off the outer layer of fabric, instead of being absorbed. Water repellent outer fabric provides additional insulation and prevents liquid from saturating your garment's outer fabric... read more
GORE-TEX® garment care instructions
Not only are GORE-TEX® garments built to last, they are easy to care for. Routine care will ensure excellent performance and extend their useful life. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s care instructions–typically found on the inside tag. Before laundering your garment, zip the front closure, pockets and pit zips completely, and fasten all flaps and straps. Be sure to follow the gar... read more
It feels as if there could be some leaks in my GORE-TEX® garment
If the inside of your GORE-TEX® garment feels damp, a leak could be the problem, or it could be time to renew the durable water-repellent (DWR) waterproofing. As the waterproofing on the outer material starts to wear off with increasing garment age, leaks can develop, particularly in the shoulder and upper back areas. Even though the inside layer of GORE-TEX® remains watertight, liqui... read more
Why do GORE-TEX® garments need seam tape?
Seam tape is used to seal the tiny holes created by sewing when GORE-TEX® fabric is made into garments. These holes may be small, but they can cause leaks. We specially manufacture our own GORE-SEAM® Tape and regulate the seam taping process to ensure compatibility with our fabrics and ensure the durability of seam waterproofness. read more
What is DWR (Durable Water Repellency)?
Many of SITKA’s outerwear and all GORE-TEX® garments are treated with an ultra-thin treatment of DWR, or durable water repellent. This treatment causes water to bead up and roll off of the outer layer of the garment, instead of being absorbed or wetting out. DWR is not what keeps you dry in a GORE-TEX® garment. Its benefit is to prevent loss of breathability and performance caused whe... read more
How to reactivate or restore DWR
REACTIVATEDWR is reactivated after a standard wash dry cycle. Once the garment is dry, we recommend an extra 20 minutes of tumble-drying to fully revitalize the DWR treatment. DWR is not permanent and if a garment wets out quickly after being reactivated, it’s time to restore it.RESTOREWhen drying the garment no longer revitalizes DWR, it’s time to restore. When the factory-applied DW... read more
Merino wool care instructions
Merino wool is a delicate fiber and requires more attention than a synthetic garment.WASHIt is safe to machine wash merino wool under a gentle cycle with cold water. Wash with other merino wool products of like colors. Do not use bleach or fabric softeners and do not dry-clean.DRYTumble dry on low heat or lay flat to dry. Merino wool will shrink if not cared for properly. read more
How to wash your down or PRIMALOFT® down blend garment
From continual compression or the build up of sweat and dirt, down can lose loft—reducing the garment’s insulating effectiveness. When your down garment has lost it’s loftiness, it is recommended that this garment be washed. Although necessary, it is best to do it as sparingly as possible. Use a front-load washing machine and a down-specific detergent such as ReviveX Down Cleaner Conc... read more
How to wash your pack
Do not remove the frame. The best way to wash your pack is in your shower or at a car wash using the rinse setting. Using warm water, scrub lightly and use a small amount of a hunting-specific detergent if heavily soiled. Hang dry. read more
Alterations and repairs
CAN I ALTER MY GORE-TEX® GARMENT OR EMBROIDER A LOGO ON IT?Any form of alteration to your GORE-TEX® garment after purchase, including repairs, logo embroidery, or fit alterations, should be done at a Gore-certified facility. Otherwise, you might compromise the waterproof protection of your garment, usually via small needle holes that have not been sealed. If you need to change your ga... read more