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It is possible to clean/repair your bag if it's not too far gone, but buying a new one will be easier, might even be cheaper, and will certainly be better. Options for cleaning slightly mildewy bags include using vinegar or bleach (bleach will likely discolour the bag) and hot water in the wash cycle. If washing the bag and tumble drying doesn't get rid ...
From my experience with WP/B garments, keeping them clean will keep them useful and functional for a long time (I have a 11 years old Gore jacket). What I do is: Clean the garment in the washing machine (30 degrees, delicate cycle) using pure soap flakes under two conditions: Heavy soil (WP trousers after a very muddy trip) will be cleaned straight away ...
These are just my personal rules of thumb for WB gear care. It goes in the drier after every trip. If there is dirt on it, it gets rinsed first, but not washed. If it looks dirty after it comes out of the drier, wash it, but don't wash it until it looks dirty. I have found that following 1 reduces the need to do 2 a lot. Renewing the DWR( durable ...
If you are hiking in warm weather and want to keep things more light and airy, trail running gaiters (such as these) are light and breathable and will protect from sand and pebbles specifically.
Cut a pair of socks in half! Cut across about two inches above where the toes would be. Then slide these over the top of your boots. Works for me! :)
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