How To Wash Polyester Jackets and Outdoor Gear: A Guide

How To Wash Polyester Jackets and Outdoor Gear: A Guide

Everybody loves a quality jacket. A comfortable fit and great performance is all that we are looking for in a jacket.

Regardless of whether you are an avid sportsman or someone who needs a cozy jacket to wear to work, one of the most important aspects of owning a jacket is properly maintaining it so that it lasts for as long as possible and looks just as good as the day it was purchased.

We discuss jackets and parkas of all types here on this site and often delve into the best methods of cleaning and caring for a jacket.

Down jackets and designs from certain brands have all made it into our guides on maintenance and today is time to learn the proper steps of cleaning a polyester jacket.

Several weeks ago we compiled a guide on how to iron polyester without damaging it, in which we also discuss whether you should iron polyester to begin with. We highly suggest you take a look at that guide after you are done with today’s topic.

However, jackets is not the only thing we will discuss today, as we will take a look at another very useful outdoor gear, the backpack.

After learning how to wash backpacks by The North Face, today we will take a more general approach and discuss polyester ones.

It is now time to get down to business. Prepare you dirty gear in need of cleaning and let’s get started!

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Canada Goose Langford vs Chateau Parka: A Comparison

Canada Goose Langford vs Chateau Parka: A Comparison

Jackets and parkas come in all shapes and sizes. Whether you are looking for a long coat or a short and cozy one, the real challenge when shopping for a winter jacket is deciding which model you like best, not whether you will find one that suits your needs.

In our selections, comparisons and reviews we have gone through so many jackets that, quite honestly, we have lost count.

There are so many brands to choose from and so many designs that it can get quite overwhelming at times.

That is why we continue to compile reviews and comparisons of different jackets, both from the same brand or from different ones, so that you will get a better idea of what the jackets you are interested in are like and what to expect from brand claims of their design being “the design”.

In today’s comparison we will continue with two designs from the same brand, this time by Canada Goose, the Langford and Chateau parkas.

This is a brand that we have featured heavily in many of our pieces and if you are interested to learn more about them and what we have observed so far, there are plenty of materials to go through. If you would like just a quick rundown on Canada Goose, keep on reading.

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12 Best Hiking Trails in Italy: Our Favorites for This Year

12 Best Hiking Trails in Italy: Our Favorites for This Year

The season for adventures and outdoor fun, Summer is the perfect time for those looking to explore new countries and areas.

Many people partake in outdoor activities that range from the mildest and beginner-friendly ones, to those made for experienced adventurers.

Hiking is one of those activities that is suitable for people of different fitness levels and hiking experience.

Whether you are a complete beginner that only walks to work or you are a hiker that has gone through many hikes, anyone can take up this activity and have a great time out in nature.

A few days ago we compiled a selection of Norway’s best trails to hike this year and we would highly advise that you add any of them to your list of trails to hike at least once.

In this new installment of hiking trails that you should consider, we will focus on another European country, Italy.

Renowned for its culture, rich history and stunning architecture, Italy is one of those countries where you will find any type of tourist attraction there is.

Be it the beach, historical buildings or impressive trails to hike, Italy regularly makes it into the lists of countries that you should visit once in your life.

Today, we have picked 12 hiking trails that are most definitely worth the time and effort.

Let’s see which ones have made it into our selection!

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Backpack vs Rucksack: What’s the Difference?

Backpack vs Rucksack: What's the Difference?

Through the past years that we have been writing brands and compiling selections, jackets and brands that make great jackets have been the focus of our work.

It is time to change things up a bit and start looking at other outdoor gear that are essential for having a safe and enjoyable time when out in nature.

Today it is a discussion on bags that are meant for travelers, hikers, campers and everyone else who has something to carry when out and about.

As per the title, we will be looking at backpacks and rucksacks. Our intention is to compare the two and to learn more about their history, use and determine which one you should go for.

This is in continuation to our previous piece on how to best clean and care for a North Face backpack.

Without any further ado, let’s get started!

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Eddie Bauer vs L.L. Bean: Which Brand is Better?

Eddie Bauer vs L.L. Bean: Which Brand is Better?

It is the season for adventures here in the Northern hemisphere, as the heat and sun make it a great time to explore and spend time outdoors.

Many of us enjoy sunbathing by the sea, but a great deal of people prefer the woods and mountains. In this heat, who can blame them?

If you are part of the latter group, the importance of quality clothing and gear is well known to you.

However, before purchasing anything, many turn to online forums and reviews to determine which brand they should go for.

Deciding on the brand can be as important as the actual product you are looking for, because variables such as quality, price and design vary considerably from brand to brand, making the search tedious at times.

That is what we are here for, to introduce you to some of the best brands for outdoor adventures. We have looked at it a bit differently, as a matter of fact.

Instead of just going through one brand (we have done that as well), we prefer comparing the big names to each other in order to determine which of the two would make the better choice.

Today we will do that very same thing, by looking at Eddie Bauer, a brand that has been previously featured in our comparisons, and L.L. Bean, a newcomer.

Let’s get right down to it!

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Marmot Montreal vs Montreaux Coat: A Comparison

Marmot Montreal vs Montreaux Coat: A Comparison

Coats in the middle of July are not something most people concern themselves with. Well, that is not the case for us.

In our efforts to find the best jackets and gear for your next adventure, we are constantly on the lookout for jackets that pique our interest.

Our numerous selections, reviews and comparisons of jackets are proof of our work and today we will further add to that collection.

We have done several jacket comparisons in these past few months, including comparisons of jackets by the same brand, such as the Arc’teryx Alpha vs. Beta and Thorium vs. Cerium comparisons.

It is time for another comparison between a brand’s products and we have picked the beautiful Montreal and Montreaux coats by Marmot.

Let’s first learn a bit more about Marmot as a brand, and then move on to the coats we have chosen.

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How To Wash a North Face Backpack: A Useful Guide

How To Wash a North Face Backpack: A Useful Guide

Those of you who spend a good amount of their time outdoor in nature know the importance of a quality backpack all too well.

Having a backpack that can carry enough clothing, gear and items is one of the things that can possibly make or break your next outdoor adventure.

Hikers, climbers, campers and travelers from all over the world rely on their backpacks to store and carry their belongings.

The reason why backpacks are so widely used by those that are beyond school age, is their practicality. Your hands are left free while carrying it and a quality backpack is comfortable, sturdy and durable.

In today’s guide we will focus on one very important step in owning a backpack, that of keeping it clean.

As you saw from the title, we will be discussing The North Face backpacks in particular. The reason we picked The North Face is because of the brand’s reputation for quality products and also due to their backpacks being widely popular and used by many.

Bear mentioning backpacks such as Borealis, Jester, Surge and Recon, along with other designs that some of you might already be familiar with.

In a previous guide we have gone through the steps of washing a North Face jacket, which you can find here.

Without any further ado, let’s get started with the steps of how to best wash a backpack by The North Face.

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