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There are at least two companies that make cleaning and proofing products specially for outdoor gear of various materials: Nikwax and Grangers. They both recommend first pre-washing the item in their special cleaner -- Nikwax Tech Wash or Grangers Active Wash -- then treating/proofing them (by washing) with Nikwax Cotton Proof or Grangers Clothing Repel. I ...


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I suspect that sweatshirt fabric has too open a mesh for any waterproofing agent to be effective. Rather than risk a garment you love, buy as close to a similar weight sweatshirt at a thift store, and do your initial experiments with that. I have used linseed oil to add water resistance to canvas goods. Look up "DIY Tin pants" on youtube for other recipes....


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Even the fastest-drying shorts will not get completely dry in a reasonable amount of time. If the weather is cold enough, wearing damp shorts for the return hike might be dangerous. If that's the case, I suggest using a rain kilt for coverage while changing out of the wet swim trunks. Rain kilts are lightweight (2-3 oz), inexpensive ($10-20), small enough ...


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I regularly cycle to the pool with limited time, and have found that the best option is trunks, but they don't have to be as skimpy as we tend to think of as speedos. Mine are like close fitting short shorts. Unpadded cycling shorts would also be good. Unpadded because cheap foam padding holds water and good padding is the wrong shape for walking.


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Mesh lined running shorts. Roughly equivalent to boxers in coverage. I routinely use these on canoe trips and hiking trips under my wind pants. Morning starts with longs, and as the day warms up, they come off as the day warms up. I often put longs back on immediately on hitting camp for bug protection. That said: From years of outdoor activities, I'm ...


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