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post #1 of 14 Old 03-20-2013, 11:00 AM Thread Starter
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Ordered One Of These Today

Been wanting one of these Olympia Moab jackets and decided to pull the trigger and get one today. Went with the Hi-Viz.





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post #2 of 14 Old 03-20-2013, 03:47 PM
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They seem to get good reviews. It seems like a good all-season jacket and I like the waterproof inner jacket. That means I can stop carrying around my rain gear which takes up an incredible amount of space and I don't have to dick around with putting a hi-viz vest over my jacket all the time.

It's my first 3/4-length jacket and I wanted one with elbow/back "armor." Hopefully it will last me for years. I'll use it for commuting/longer trips and just use my old, ratty Fieldsheer mesh jacket for local backwoods trips.

I hope it stands up well to repeated washings because with no windshield I get a lot of bugs splattered on me while commuting.



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Got the jacket today and man is it nice. Kind of bummed because the tag says "Hand Wash Only With Lukewarm Water" and "Do Not Tumble Dry." Has anybody ever machine washed and dried one of these on, say, the "Delicate" cycle? My jackets pick up enough bugs that I like to wash them at least 2 or 3 times a Summer. These directions are sewn on both the outer nylon shell and the interior waterproof liner.



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planalp -

I was mine in the machine all the time. I remove the armor and liners, close all the zippers, and fasten all the Velcro.

I use a cold cycle, but normal. I would think delicate would be no problem, of course. Our machine is a front load tumbler rather than a top load agitator.

Air dry on a hanger, which doesn't take long, and reassemble.

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I was mine in the machine all the time. I remove the armor and liners, close all the zippers, and fasten all the Velcro.

I use a cold cycle, but normal. I would think delicate would be no problem, of course. Our machine is a front load tumbler rather than a top load agitator.

Air dry on a hanger, which doesn't take long, and reassemble.

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Cool. Thanks for the info, Tom. Our washer uses that HE detergent and is a top-loader but doesn't have an agitator so that should help. I'll wash it, but will take your advice and air-dry it on a hanger. Thanks again.



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You might want to go down to the local hanger store and get one of those really beefy suit hangers, too. Makes life easier for storing the thing. Something with some meat in the shoulders.



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Good thinking. Actually, a "Kegel Exerciser" hanger was thoughtfully included, resting on top of the jacket when I opened the box. I'll keep it around.





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Got the jacket today and man is it nice. Kind of bummed because the tag says "Hand Wash Only With Lukewarm Water" and "Do Not Tumble Dry." Has anybody ever machine washed and dried one of these on, say, the "Delicate" cycle? My jackets pick up enough bugs that I like to wash them at least 2 or 3 times a Summer. These directions are sewn on both the outer nylon shell and the interior waterproof liner.
Hey planalp; while I can't be sure, those hand washing instructions may be to help protect the color from fading. Your washer may have a handwash or delicate cycle.
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I wash my Tourmaster Transitions 2 jacket on the handwash cycle. Funny thing I learned as well, with the high viz I had to use spray and wash on the road grime and bug stains to get them to come out... Just soap didn't do that much. Comes out looking like new, though it seems to have lost a little of it's waterproofing after a few washes.
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