Waterproof Your Outdoor Adventures

Staying dry while camping, hiking, or engaging in any outdoor adventure ensures you will have a more enjoyable experience. Having waterproof gear is vitally important. Some campers have resigned themselves to being wet, but warm, when camping in the rain. You don’t have to accept your gear getting soaked. Waterproof bags, tarps, pants, shoes, and jackets can make any rainy adventure more enjoyable.

There are several methods for waterproofing your gear for adventures in the great outdoors. What can be waterproofed without the harmful chemicals in commercials sprays? Pretty much everything! Jackets, backpacks, socks, shoes, pants, shirts, hats, and so much more!

Waterproof footwear is more comfortable and will help prevent blisters. Another reason to keep your waterproofing maintained is to extend the life of your gear. You probably don’t want to buy new gear every year. Cleaning, waterproofing and keeping your gear dry will keep the dirt out and the material conditioned, allowing you to save money for other gear.

Whether your project is large or small we can prepare your items to repel the cold rain and the sloppy, muddy terrain.

Are you an RV dweller or a tiny home owner? We can water proof your canvas chairs, awnings, wind screens, tent footprints, and outdoor throw mats!

Are you a hiker, camper, or other outdoor enthusiast who likes to keep your things dry when it rains?

Surface layer waterproof breathable coating, Mid layer high-end fiber fabric, inner layer polar fleece

Camping In The Rain

Having a dry place to hang wet clothes, coats, and other gear is essential. Most poly tarps are bulky and noisy. Our water proof sheeting is quiet and versatile.

Some people prefer cloth or canvas tarps, simply because they do not ‘rattle’ in the wind. They are also easier to fold. Our waterproof sheeting is less expensive than commercial grade canvas, while maintaining high durability. Depending on the sheeting selected it may be semi transparent when finished, but just as waterproof as canvas. A bonus, our waterproof sheeting is much less weight to carry.

Our custom waterproof bags make great camping or hiking bags to protect your gear. Our waterproof sheeting can quickly and easily become a shelter, tent, or sun shade.

The hydrostatic head scale (HHS) is the gauging criteria for fabrics. The summarization of this scale as follows. Using a tent as an example:

The manufacturer tests the water ‘resistance’ with a clear cylinder. By placing the tent fabric tightly over one end, and gradually filling the tube with water, increasing the volume, until the water begins to seep through. The point where this happens is measured in millimeters and provides the hydrostatic head scale for that piece of fabric.

For example: if you find the tent you bought has a hydro-static head scale of 2000mm it means the column of water reached two meters before any water began to pass through the fabric.

So what’s the reality of the hydro-static scale in terms of out in the wilderness protection?

Depending on the fluctuations of the wind and the amount of rain falling the experts predict that you will need equipment with an HHS measurement of around 1000mm to resist light showers.

Our treated fabrics have a HHS of 3000mm or more.

Size: 10 x 10 Feet,The fly tarp weights 1.86lbs. Making it convenient to take on trips or store when not in use.

Custom Waterproofing

Our custom waterproofing provides long lasting water repellent compared to the toxic spray on commercial chemicals available. It is not recommended to wash or dry garments waterproofed with our process in your home machines. Most soils can be rinsed off with a garden hose or wiped away with a damp rag.

What would be worse than being cold? Being cold and WET. When hunting, camping, backpacking, or hiking getting wet can literally kill you. Evaporation is a cooling process that dissipates your body heat very quickly. Walking, hiking, or sitting in a cold rain will chill your body to dangerous temperatures rapidly. Wet clothing doesn’t retain your body heat; it actually speeds the process of dissipation. Waterproofing your clothes and shoes dramatically reduces this process.

You can find several DIY methods of waterproofing your gear at home, on the Internet. Some methods use turpentine, mineral spirits, gasoline, clear silicone, or used motor oil! We do not recommend these methods, for obvious reasons! Some of the methods do work as expected for some applications. Some, especially the use of clear silicone, could leave your item stiff and may ‘pull away’ from the fabric when folded or worn, leaving an unprotected area that could allow water to penetrate the garment.

Our custom waterproofing can even provide limited insect repellent or a fragrance of your choice. We recommend the following fragrances:

Mosquitoes
citronella, lemon eucalyptus, peppermint, lemon, eucalyptus, catnip, basil, clove, thyme, lemongrass, geranium, lavender
Fleas
cedarwood, citronella, eucalyptus, tea tree oil, lemongrass, lavender, orange, pine
Ticks
rose, geranium, juniper, rosewood, thyme, grapefruit, oregano

Some studies have also shown, additional effective ingredients include: Neem Oil, Soybean Oil, Vodka, Garlic and Vanilla Extract

Spray On Chemicals

A hot topic within the outdoor industry is Perfluorinated (PFCs). Perfluorinated compounds are used in the durable water resistant(DWR) finishes on outer garments, or in plain speak they are the part of the DWR that gives that ‘tefal’ effect that makes the water bead up and run off your item.

The ‘wetting out’ of the DWR is what starts to cut down on the effectiveness of the breathability of garments.

Five years ago Greenpeace launched their Detox campaign with clever emotional marketing to retail and brands on the back of their Clean Clothes Campaign which highlighted the terrible state of pollution in the waterways of China as a result of the textile industry moving there towards the end of the last century.

I have yet to find a single member of the outdoor industry who disagrees with the desire of the campaign, but know lots who have problems co-operating with it. The main reason – something that might sound surprising in this age of white-coated scientists – is that all the replacement ingredients to PFC chemistry do not work as well as long chain fluorocarbon PFCs.

If there had been support provided by the NGO which enabled DWRs to continue to perform, but with better chemicals, then I am sure the industry would have adopted it. The campaign was targeted at the industry as this was the link that we outdoor enthusiasts could easily influence. Contact us today!