Needed to revive the water repellency of my Darien pants and Goretex North Face jacket for a longer trip I took this summer. Washed both with Nikwax Tech Wash (another great product) and then with TX Direct. Had not done this to either in 12 plus years, usually just sprayed with Camp Dry with minimal results. Rode in a steady rain, sometimes heavy from Lincoln NE to Milwaukee WI and was bone dry. Could not have been happier or drier! (Posted on 1/15/15)
Well, washed with the Tech Wash, didn't do much to clean the suit, washed again and again until finally seemed cleaner than it was. Did the TX.Direct wash-in thing, etc. In the rain, the suit doesn't bead water and continues to leak like there's no GoreTex at all... my Roadcrafter one piece is over 22 years old and has leaked BAD for the last 4 years. Sent it in for the waterproof zipper upgrade and still leaks at zippers (and most other areas too). Guess these things do have a service life after all. Appears mine is totally just worn out for waterproofness. Sad, it was a great suit for many years. Looks like I'll be buying some GoreTex hiking shells to wear UNDER the suit this winter to fend off the rains. Sigh... (Posted on 10/19/13)
This is great stuff! I have been using the Roadcrafter one piece suit since the mid eighties and discovered this great slim about eleven years ago. A friend recommended it. He swore by it so I gave it a try. I didn’t believe him until I got into a heavy rain somewhere in Ohio on Interstate 90. I was in that rain for hours and not a drop got through the suit! (Posted on 8/3/12)
Have been using it once per year since I got my Darien (5 years) and have never gotten wet. Wash once w/ detergent or Tech Wash, once w/ no detergent and then once w/ 4 capsful of TX Direct. (Posted on 3/15/12)
I've been wearing aero suits x 18 yrs (first roadcrafter, then Darien) for year-round riding in the pacific NW, so I know about rain and waterproofing. Every 2-3 years I use the TX direct (whole bottle) and I've never had a leak. (Posted on 10/22/11)
Steve, we dropped Scotchgard because it stopped selling. We think the reason it did is because Camp Dry, #330, a similar product we do sell, does as goood a job as Scotchguard but at a lower cost.
Aerostich Customer Service. (Posted on 7/30/10)
My Darien got so dirty I decided to wash it. After running it through the machine a couple of times I decided to waterproof it in the sink applying the NIKWAX. You are supposed to use less hand washing so it lasts longer. You can feel the wax in the NIKWAX attaching to your hands and the suit. Also if you hand wash you don't have to rinse as much.
Anyway I was out in the rain this weekend and the Jacket did not leak a drop. Worked for me. (Posted on 7/27/10)