Would change one aspect & that is to get people to do a 'service wash' on their machine before washing/ reproofing with specialist solutions
If you read the instruction booklet that comes with the machine it is mentioned, but I have yet to meet a person who has read their machine's one! This means to do a 90 deg wash with no detergent in (after cleaning the draw - best using boiling water). If you must you can always add a little detergent additive (something like Vanish) or vinegar/ soda crystals. The main objective is to remove the detergent sludge (left over stuff like the stuff that accumulates in the rubber rand of the door)
A machine should have a service wash every 20 washes or so to keep it clean/ efficient/ running for longer
Some have suggested the reason why this is not promoted more heavily is that the sooner your machine goes wrong - the sooner it needs to be replaced...
By getting rid of the detergent leftovers you will allow the DWR revitalisation to happen better, plus give a better chance for those 30 deg wash cycles to actually clean effectively
This is the type of thing that us people at Wrap know, but it seems no one else does!
Very accurate first statement - the best designers try to solve problems that already exist. I try to get all my students to address this. There is always room for a new approach that removes the problem all together, but greater commercial success in removing the hassles (Jon knows I teach Performance Sportswear Design)...
I know Latok was the for runner to LA, but the Latok Mountain Cap did NOT have a wired peak - hence why I said what I did
OM is running a story about the trade show where orders are taken from the buyers of shops. Buyers place orders about 6 months in advance. At this trade show they were showing the new product for autumn/ winter 13/14. It has not yet been made; hence why you can't read about it on LA's site. You won't be able to buy it until the summer is over. OM are just informing you about what is coming up. A good example of how this is useful is the new Goretex story (Pro); when people know a new better-performing type of Goretex is becoming available in the near future, some people will choose to put off buying a new Goretex jacket until it is made from the newer material. I suspect you will want OM to continue reporting this news... LA are keen to spread the word that their clothing is coming back (it has all but disappeared from the current retailers); I know people who are looking forward to this