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Race Suit Storage

post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 
Hey guys,

Just looking for some opinions on the best way to store race suits through the offseason?

Thoughts?
post #2 of 26
just hang it inthe closet
post #3 of 26

Yep, just hang it in the closet as opposed to in season treatment of laying it across a chair or stuffing it in your race bag.............

post #4 of 26

Wash it and hang it in the closet...

 

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post #5 of 26

And don't over dry it, it can damage the rubber padding.  Definitely not washing it, leaving your sweat to sit in in for months, is the worst thing. 

post #6 of 26

on a hanger in the closet works for me

post #7 of 26


 

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Originally Posted by SkiRacer55 View Post

Wash it and hang it in the closet...

 

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OOPs!.  fogot that step



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And don't over dry it, it can damage the rubber padding.  Definitely not washing it, leaving your sweat to sit in in for months, is the worst thing. 


I just wash and hang in the shower to dry.  never like putting ski gear through the drier

 

post #8 of 26

Only kinda thread hijack... How do you wash your GS suit?  I've always gotten ones from friends or cheap pieces of junk off ebay, but this year I got a legit one (Spyder Bode GS, very disappointed with it but that's a different story)  Anyways I guess I better wash it now, so any tips on that?  

post #9 of 26

I have used the Nik wax that is used for soft shells.

post #10 of 26

Just curious why?  The stuff won't waterproof the suit because the weave is wrong and it's darn expensive.  Normally on outdoor clothes I use powder detergent and a gentle wash cycle with an extra rinse. 
 

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I have used the Nik wax that is used for soft shells.



 

post #11 of 26

Because I had a bunch of the Nik wax that I got at half price in Killington last April (I stocked up.) It seemed closer to a soft shell in texture than to a regular ski coat. If I had consulted you first I might have saved a couple of dollars worth of detergent.

post #12 of 26

Nik wax detergent is wonderful stuff, but if you don't have it, just wash your suit in reasonably delicate all-temp detergent on a perm press cycle, hang it out to dry, and you're all set. I have 5 suits, they get washed constantly through the winter, and the process keeps them teched up, as opposed to trashed out...

 

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post #13 of 26

FIVE?!?!  May I ask why, Bode?  That's quite a few. If you ever get tired of some, send em my way rolleyes.gif
 

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Originally Posted by SkiRacer55 View Post

Nik wax detergent is wonderful stuff, but if you don't have it, just wash your suit in reasonably delicate all-temp detergent on a perm press cycle, hang it out to dry, and you're all set. I have 5 suits, they get washed constantly through the winter, and the process keeps them teched up, as opposed to trashed out...

 

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post #14 of 26

Another minor hijack...

 

I'm assuming I must take out all of the pads in my Spyder GS suit before washing?  That would be quite the undertaking.  I'm the kind of person that would forget which pads go which places...

post #15 of 26

Wow, the pads come out?  The two suits here they are sewn in.  How nice that you can take them out.  You could just number them?  If not, you can just run the machine on the delicate cycle and hang it dry.

post #16 of 26

Yep... I have the Spyder "Performance GS" suit... I think it's a level down from the signature/WC editions.  But yeah, the pads come out... at least some do.

post #17 of 26

Same with mine.  I'll probably number them when I finally get around to washing it....
 

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Yep... I have the Spyder "Performance GS" suit... I think it's a level down from the signature/WC editions.  But yeah, the pads come out... at least some do.



 

post #18 of 26

Hanger in the closet.  Not a wire hanger, want to support the suit as best as possible, so the wider the hanger the better.  Closet should not be in your attic; a temperate climate with no extremes and obviously no moisture and not exposed to direct sunlight....you know the same old story as with anything you may want to not let get damaged.

 

As far as washing...well I have yet to sweat in my suits (its more like shivering the whole time), even if I did the many layers I wear underneath would absorb before it got to the surface, and I have yet to get them dirty.  They smell and look clean so no wash.   But if yours is not like that, then g'head and wash.   The less you wash it the better, but dont become the smelly, dirty guy.

post #19 of 26

Anything like that needs to be washed but not with a harsh detergent.

 

Add water to the washer and take a neutral and gentle non-detergent soap like Ivory but let the washer fill and let the flakes dissolve first.

 

Let it slosh around and then reset and toss the suit in.

 

Nix Wax even recommended that method if you were just using the water resistant stuff.

 

To stretch the Nix Wax I would then put the water level on LOW and add half the forumuation which probably does not work on a race suit since they stretch.  Still, if you add the stuff to pants and jackets a low setting will get you two washes per bottle since the strength of the formula is what makes it work.

 

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post #21 of 26

NEVER hang the suit! Race suits are made of a knit material and like a sweater should not be hung as that will allow the material to stretch just by gravity and it will lose some elasticity. Keep it folded and in a old pillow case.

 

If you want to wash it use a very gentle detergent and hand wash, rinse and let dry on a few towels - again DO NOT HANG to dry!

post #22 of 26
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NEVER hang the suit! Race suits are made of a knit material and like a sweater should not be hung as that will allow the material to stretch just by gravity and it will lose some elasticity. 

 

Wonderful... my suit has been hanging since April... I guess I'm SOL

post #23 of 26

I can't imagine that tight a knit being impacted sufficiently to actually hurt the suit before they wear out just due to USE.  I don't know how many my daughter had over time, but normally just smacking into gates, boots rubbing, guards rubbing, etc. meant that they were decommissioned due to extreme wear. 

post #24 of 26
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So who knew!.  keeping it stuffed in my race bag is actually the best way to go!

 

 

post #25 of 26

We hang all of ours. No issues that I can think of. They are hung at the local race shops.

post #26 of 26

Depends on if it is wet (heavier, don't hang it wet) or dry ( probably OK on a "good" FAT hanger but not a crappy wire one)  Use common sense right?

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