Upper Downs | Garment care instructions and washing advice
Garment care and washing instructions for fabrics used by Upper Downs including Polartec NeoShell.
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Fabric Care


Polartec® NeoShell® is the first fabric to combine the superior breathability, ventilation, and stretch of a Softshell with the waterproof performance of a Hardshell, delivering the best of both worlds. Created from a hydrophobic, micro-porous, polyurethane membrane with a tightly controlled range of pore sizes, it offers the stretch of a polyurethane film plus the breathability of a micro-porous structure.


This unique construction allows positive air exchange to drive moisture vapour release while remaining waterproof, making it ideal for highly aerobic activities such as cycling, hiking, trail running and mountaineering.


Polartec® NeoShell® fabric technology

Due to the highly breathable nature of Polartec® NeoShell®, we recommend  washing your garment if heavily soiled to maintain its performance.


Wash your garment with all zips closed using a technical cleaner such as Nikwax Tech Wash on a gentle 30ºC cycle. Do not use bleach, fabric softeners, dry clean or iron your garment as this may cause damage. You should hang dry your jacket, alternatively you can tumble dry your garment on a low temperature to reactivate the DWR.


We do not advise drying your jacket in overly warm environments such as airing cupboards as this can overheat the jacket leading to glue and tape being affected.


Polartec® NeoShell® utilises a DWR (Durable Water Repellent) treatment which creates barrier from water on the external fabric. Over time with use the DWR finish will begin to degrade and this will be visible when the garment starts to “wet out” requiring you to reproof it. Wash your garment following the instructions outlined on the washing label, once dry apply a spray on reproofing agent such as Nikwax TX Direct to completely restore surface water repellency.