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post #1 of 10 Old 08-16-2013, 10:33 PM Thread Starter
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First Gear Kilamanjaro - Water Proof issue

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I have a First Gear Kilamanjaro jacket that is 6-8 years old. I could not ride for about 3, so reduce usage by that amount. I figure there is about 80,000 miles on this jacket.

Last week, I found it does not seem to be as waterproof as it used to be. Here is my question:

1. Can I use anything effective to re-waterproof the jacket?
2. Is it just time for a new one based on age and mileage?

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post #2 of 10 Old 08-16-2013, 10:44 PM
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I believe Nikwax is the stuff used to replenish Aerostich suits. Maybe give that a try? You add it to your washing machine and run your suit through to coat everything.

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I've had 3 of those jackets over time, each improved as the generations progressed. My wife washed one of mine in a machine once and it killed the waterproofing. I called the distributor and they said you could rewaterproof them with a silicone type waterproofing (didn't get any particular name).
I didn't get around to trying it because I got a new jacket as a gift but see no reason it won't work.
One question is where it seems to be leaking, if its from a seam that might be another story, if its just the fabric and in good shape otherwise you could try it. The only down side is you really won't know until you ride in rain.
The other side of the coin is they are only about $300 retail and it might be nice to treat yourself to a new one.

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I believe Nikwax is the stuff used to replenish Aerostich suits. Maybe give that a try? You add it to your washing machine and run your suit through to coat everything.

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I used Nikwax TX.Direct wash-in on my 13 year old old jacket and it worked great but I did not use the washing machine method, you can use the hand wash method, it's one cap full in 6L of hot water, after I did my jacket I used the left over liquid to do some pants and some nylon type rain gear I keep under my seat.

When I hung my stuff up to dry the pockets were still full of water a few days later so it did work

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I have used this in the past for compression bags. It also worked well on my First gen Kilamanjaro when it lost it's water repellent properties.

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I used the nikwax product to both clean and waterproof my old Kili. Worked okay, I suppose, but after a number of years, it was just time to replace. Got a new one from what was formally newenough and love it.

Contributing to the upgrade:

1) During the first cleaning/waterproofing session (by machine) I opened all the velcro and the pastic half shredded much of the black nylon trim.

2) Second time, I secured all of the velcro, but it pretty much did the same thing to the point I had to cut off one of the elbow pads.

3) I lost 50+lbs, and I was drowning in the original. :mrgreen:

4) I think it would have been pretty much done for just from wear and the elements.

Nikwax stuff is cheap to try. Do not machine wash.

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Same boat

I had one that was close to 10 years old, but I still loved it! I tried Nikwax and a few other options, but they didn't work and the lining was starting to come apart. I didn't like the newer versions of the FirstGear jackets, so I went with the Hi-Viz Olympia AST2 and have been very happy. It has hard armor and more options, and seems to vent better than the Kili.

It's probably time to retire it, at least for wet-weather riding.
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There are at least three brands of garment waterproofing products:
Nikwax
Granger's
ReviveX

I think I've used all, and none make the garment as good as new. If getting wet would also get you cold and risk hypothermia, get a new coat or wear a rain coat over the top. Frogg Toggs better quality rain coats and suits are often used with good results (their cheaper stuff is not as durable); there are other brands.

I've been wearing a Richa Spirit coat with Schoeller Nano-Sphere coating. It has been completely waterproof and stain proof while staying breathable. They're pricey, but a local shop gives a good discount.
http://www.vegahelmet.com/richa-nanosphere.html

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Revzilla has the blue Olympia AST 2 at a closeout price of $227.49. Other colors are regular price $349.99.

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Upon returning from my trip I checked my paperwork. The FG Kill jacket is 13 years old, not 6 like I thought. I am just going to replace it.

Thanks for your comments.

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