BACKPACK MAINTENANCE

Proper care for long-lasting gear !

Can I wash my backpack in the washing machine?

"No – abrasion wears out the material (PU coating) and will in the long run damage the pack. Also, detergents are often not washed out properly. This could lead to skin irritation for sensitive skin types. A chemical reaction of sweat, detergent and UV rays further damages the material. It is better to place the backpack in a tub or shower filled with water and wash with ph-neutral soap. Dirt and stains can be easily cleaned with a soft brush. Salt stains on the carrying system can be removed by simply washing with soap and plenty of water. Make sure to always store the pack in a dry place!"

1. After every tour, empty backpack completely. Brush clean soiled areas with soapy water.

2. Never put your backpack into a washing mashcine or dryer; this damages the PU coating.

3. Backpack fabrics can not be ironed.

4. Zippers must be kept clean.

5. To store: close the packs and keep in a dry, well aired place.

Do I have to impregnate the backpack material?

"For the first years, the rucksack material offers great water protection. However, in heavy rain water will seep through the zippers and seams. In alpine regions, for climbing or ski tours you should use waterproof packsacks in the rucksack to keep your gear 100% dry. The advantage is that the attachment straps then remain free for material, such as ice axe, skis, poles or snowshoes. For hiking and trekking backpacks use a rain cover. Also, impregnation won’t last very long on older models.
And impregnation (spray and bath impregnation) in the strap’s material can lead to skin irritation."

Place the backpack in a tub or shower filled with water and wash with ph-neutral soap.
Dirt and stains can be easily cleaned with a soft brush. Salt stains on the carrying sys tem can be removed by simply washing with soap and plenty of water.
Make sure to always store the pack in a dry place!

STREAMER MAINTENANCE

Open the Streamer -
(1) Remove the tube from the bladder.
(2) Take the bite-valve from the mouthpiece.
Turn the valve socket to the middle (3) label (quarter turn),
remove and take apart (do not remove the 90° angle piece (4) from the tube.
Rinse and clean it with warm water and mild detergent – never use boiling water.

Rinse again thoroughly with clear water.
Dry with paper towels and hang it upside down. When fully dried, put the pieces back together. Mind to keep the filled Streamer from direct sun exposure. Thoroughly clean it after use with soft drinks. Use cleaning tablet in case your hydration system is extremely dirty. If necessary put the empty hydration system in the freezer and clean thoroughly after defrosting – an easy, effective way of killing bacteria.

Storage: Make sure you store your open and clean Streamer in a clean and dry place.