Product Care

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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

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 pre... 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

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

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