Long before the development of synthetic waterproof fabrics of today, outdoor clothing and gear was often treated with natural weatherproofing substances. Outdoorsmen of the 20th century started to perfect the method of waxing their garments, providing them with an extremely waterproof and windproof material.
Today you can use this traditional process, providing your gear with a unique and timeless look, while weatherproofing your finest pieces.
What is needed to achieve the proper look and feel.
- Fabric Wax (We love Otter Wax.)
- Topo Designs x Danner Klettersack (Or any cotton canvas gear.)
- Blow Drier or Heat Gun
- Good ole elbow grease!
Stuff out the bag with clothes, this will greatly help the application process. Start by applying the wax at the top of your bag, and work down. Look to apply even pressure throughout, to ensure a great appearance. Some fabrics don't require a lot of pressure and wax, while we found that the Klettersack likes to take on a bit more wax and pressure than other items.
Everything looks a bit uneven? You will want to apply a bit more pressure and friction to really work in the wax.
This is what the pack should look like, you can see that there is a uniform appearance, and the wax has properly penetrated the fibers.
Focus on the corners and seams, and work around the lash tabs and straps. This is where water really has the opportunity to get in. Apply a bit more pressure and wax to the seams throughout the bag.
After applying the first full layer of wax, you might notice a few spots where the wax wasn't evenly applied. Use your fingers to smooth out the wax and work it into the fabric. Do this until you have achieved an even look.
Now take a blow drier or heat gun and run it evenly over the bag, you will see the wax quickly melt into the fabric. Continue this process, thoroughly covering the entire bag.
Allow the bag to cure for 48-72 hours. This will give the fibers a chance to absorb the wax. A warm dry place is ideal to help achieve the best results.
Get out, and use it. Rain or shine this will be your go-to pack around town or on the trail. You can re-apply and touch up the wax as needed.