One of the questions we get asked most regularly is, “How long will this gear last?” The short answer to this is, “It will last as long as you want it to last.” Basically, it comes down to how well you look after and treat the gear.
Since 1952 we’ve been creating gear that works as hard as you do – high performance rainwear that keeps you outside for longer. To get the most out of your Betacraft gear, it’s important to look after it. If you’ve been busy calving, lambing or in the dairy shed, you’re likely to have loads of mud and muck all over your gear by the end of the day. Here are a few simple tips to maintain your garments.
Wash down your jackets and overtrousers with the hose at the end of the day. Washing off the mud before it dries prevents bacteria from growing, which can start to rot and weaken the fabric.
Don’t leave your gear in a heap on the floor. Find a hook and hang your jacket and overtrousers up. They’ll dry faster and hanging them minimises the opportunity for bacteria to grow and break down the fabric.
Washing your rainwear with detergent is one of the worst things you can do. Powdered detergents can affect the quality of the seam sealing tape that makes Betacraft gear 100 percent waterproof. If you have to wash your gear, use a cool wash with no detergent.
If you want the crotch of your overtrousers to last longer, please don’t put your leggings on over the top of your gumboots. It puts a lot of pressure on the inside lining and the crotch seam. Repeated strain can cause the seam sealing tape to weaken and give way.
Care for your gear and you’ll get the most out of it. Sometimes, things do go wrong. We offer free repairs on our gear. Get in touch and let us know the problem, we may be able to fix it for you, free of charge.
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