Nikwax TX Direct
In your own home, you can launder nearly all outdoor gear and chuck it in the clothes dryer (with the exception of tents, which are best hand-washed then hung out to dry). Clothing can also be treated with one of several after-market liquids that restore or even add water repellency. Examples: Nikwax TX Direct Spray-On ($21; www.rei.com) for outerwear, and Nikwax TX-10 Polarproof ($11) for fleece and pile. You can also iron on patches of various types to plug holes and leaks. McNett makes a Gore-Tex Repair Kit that sells for $6 (www.mcnett.com).
So give it a shot, and keep that old gear looking great and working well.
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