Care and Maintenance
RaidLight products are designed and manufactured for trail running, from the most recreational to the most intense. These products are light, functional and require no special maintenance, but we want to give you some tips to last longer and avoid spending your money unnecessarily for their renewal. Failure to follow these guidelines will void the product warranty, you will see that with a little care our products will last you for years. We welcome suggestions, tips and improvements, this page will be updated as you help us develop it. Take care of your equipment and enjoy it for a long time.
Always check individual care instructions on the labels on the item
Always allow the garment to dry before throwing it in the wash basket, moisture from sweat in a closed environment can breed bacteria, so let it breathe until it dries completely. If you can't do it immediately, do it as soon as possible.
Always check the label on your product, generally our products can be machine washed at 30ºC with liquid detergent (washing powders can get stuck in the pores of the garments and affect breathability), wash inside out to preserve screen prints and reflective parts, don't use softeners/conditioners, don't dry clean and don't iron.
If the garment is stained with mud, it is best to wash it by hand first.
If the garment has a removable whistle or TubeClip®, remove it so that it does not get caught in the drum of the washing machine. Close all zips, otherwise it is like a little cutting saw in your machine.
Do not use a tumble dryer, do not spin too fast, do not dry in the sun: ultraviolet rays can damage textiles. Do not dry with intense heat sources either, you could burn the fabric or damage it without it being visible to the naked eye.
Waterproof items (jackets, pants, mitts, caps) require somewhat different care because the MP+® membrane is a special type of fabric.
Always allow the garment to dry completely before storing, jackets have very little odour when dry, so this will avoid the need for further washing.
This type of garment requires periodic washing, at least every ten uses, as sweat clogs the pores and reduces breathability, a key factor in these products.
It is also not advisable to wash them too often, as with wear, washing and rubbing, the clothes gradually lose their properties.
You can wash them by hand, in cold or warm water, with a soft, liquid detergent, without bleach or fabric softener (which clogs the pores). You can also do it in a washing machine, in a laundry bag (or pillow case), remember to close all zips.
The MP+® membrane should not require the application of water repellent treatment, you can do this, but depending on the make and model it may not take it particularly well and it is generally unnecessary, we would recommend use of a spray on breathable DWR treatment on the outside only if you do decide to do this.
If instructions allow then cool iron whilst still damp or cool tumble dry as the application of heat during the drying process helps to reactivate the DWR on the face fabric. Pay particular care to printed transfers (logos, reflective details) as these could come off with excessive heat. If instructions are no iron and no tumble dry, then dry naturally.
Packs/race vests/waist belts
To prevent possible colour rubbing off on your clothes (which is very rare), wash before the first use, just in case your lovely white T-Shirt changes colour from a new pack because of the sweat causing some leaching of colour.
These products can be washed less often than textile products but should not be forgotten either. Especially at the end of the season, when you are not going to use it for weeks.
Wash in lukewarm water, with a mild liquid detergent or a specific detergent for synthetic textiles, rinse thoroughly with a soft brush to remove all sweat salts and let air dry if possible, in the shade, without a dryer and away from strong heat sources.
Of course, no bleach, ammonia, iron or fabric softener.
You can use a washing machine, but do it carefully. Always use a laundry bag, because small parts (elastics, hooks, fasteners) can get caught in the drum, close all zips.
In the case of micrometric fasteners, no special maintenance is required, they just need to turn nice and smooth, that's all. If for any reason you notice that the dial is stiff or sounds like it shouldn't, stop using it because it is easy to break it. The mechanism is very simple, you can disassemble it by yourself if necessary (with the tool delivered with the pack, T6 Torx), clean it and reassemble it, it is a process that requires no more care than watching how the few pieces go - sense, order, etc. - to do it successfully. It rarely happens that it needs to be disassembled, but what you should do is not to force it so as not to break it.
Irrespective of type, hydration systems often need to be washed and dried when not in use to prevent the growth of bacteria and odours.
When you get home after using your product, empty it completely, blow out the tubes and pipettes. Leave it disassembled, open and out in the open. Water tends to accumulate in the tube, so you should blow into them more than once and put them away only when they are completely dry.
If you have used energy drinks, salts or carbohydrates, wash with plenty of water before drying.
Before using the system, check that it closes properly and that it is watertight, it is not pleasant to find out when you have no other possible alternatives.
Poles are mechanical parts that receive a hard treatment by running or walking, despite the simplicity of their mechanisms, they require a little maintenance and care in their use to prolong their life.
Wipe off and dry if muddy or wet. Including the connection ends. Leave the sections separate until they are completely dry. If you see a white residue on the aluminium end caps, this is normal oxidation from wet use. Clean them with warm water and mild soap. The handle and straps can be cleaned with mild soap and water and a soft scrubbing brush.
We sometimes have spare parts, if you have broken a pole and we have it in stock, we will sell it to you. Please contact us if this is the case. Always better to repair if possible.
The first tip, already mentioned at the beginning, applies especially to the shoes with regard to their use: we only make trail running shoes and other surfaces can quickly damage them or shorten their life span. They are not road shoes and it is considered inappropriate to run with our shoes on road. The compound of rubber used on trail shoes will wear quickly on tarmac, just like MTB tyres on the road.
Shoes have to be kept as clean as possible, especially the upper, because of mud and salts, which shorten their life span at flex points, grit and dirt caught in the material will damage the fibres of the fabric, also many forms of mud are acidic which will eat at the fabrics. Take care of them and they will last longer, jump in a clean puddle or stream to wash them off on the way home, use a hosepipe and a brush, but wash off the mud before it dries.
At home, it is preferable and recommended to wash by hand: warm water, with a soft bristle brush, removing the insole, loosen or remove laces to clean effectively, washing inside and out, ensuring you get the grit out of the fabric.
Air dry, no tumble dryers or heat sources, and out of the sun. Of course with the insole removed and laces loosened or removed, so that they dry well and do not store until they are completely dry.
Can they be machine washed? As a brand, we say no. If you want to do it, use a mesh bag, insoles removed, only one pair, liquid detergent and low spin speed.