How to Care for Performance Outerwear

If you bought your outerwear at Shep’s and you’ve worn it around making great memories and looking awesome along the way, chances are it will be time for a wash at some point.

First rule: follow manufacturer’s printed instructions, usually located on a tag inside the garment. Or, visit their website for fabric and care information.  Any manufacturer’s warranty may be nullified if their instructions are not followed.

Second rule of thumb: unless it’s faux fur, don’t take it to a dry cleaner!  Their process and chemicals will ruin your waterproof/breathable garment. Happily, you can wash and maintain your performance outerwear easily  at home whenever you feel it’s time to be refreshed.  If it’s looking dirty or water is soaking through the shell fabric, then it’s a good time to launder it again.

Your performance outerwear has two lines of defense between you and the elements: the DWR finish on the face (outer) side of the fabric, and waterproof/breathable coatings or laminates on the inside of the fabric.  Waterproof/breathable coatings and laminates will last for the lifetime of your garment with proper care.  All such coatings have microscopic pores that are too small to allow liquid water to pass through, but large enough to let water vapor escape.  Dirt and grime can disrupt the waterproofing and breathability by clogging the pores, which lets water soak through and also prevents water vapor from escaping. Careful cleaning and drying will reopen these pores and restore the effectiveness of the coatings.

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The DWR (durable water-resistant) finish is applied to the face side of the outerwear fabric, enabling it to resist exposure to ultraviolet light.  If you splash some water on the outside of your garment, the water should bead up and roll right off.  If it doesn’t, then try careful washing and drying to restore the DWR finish.  If careful cleaning does not restore the effectiveness of the DWR finish, you can reapply a DWR finish yourself.  We recommend Nikwax TX Direct, which can be sprayed on or washed in.

 

 

Here’s how to properly wash your performance outerwear to restore it’s appearance and function:

  •  DO NOT DRY CLEAN.  Check the care tag that is attached.
  • Unzip all the zippers and turn your garment inside-out.
  • Wash in COLD water, separately.
  • DO NOT USE FABRIC SOFTENERS OR BLEACH.  Fabric softeners will clog the pores of the garment.  Bleach will ruin it.
  • Use a non-detergent cleanser or very mild powder detergent.  We recommend Nikwax products.
  • Minimize soap usage.  Better few bubbles than many.
  • If you’re using a wash-in DWR restorer, add it to the wash cycle.
  • Use your machine’s GENTLE cycle, or hand wash.
  • Rinse throughly.  Even better, rinse twice.
  • Gently squeeze out most of the water.  DO NOT WRING.  Wringing the water from your garment can cause the waterproof/breathable coating to separate from the inside of the shell fabric.
  • Use a powdered non-detergent cleanser.  Liquid detergent can clog the pores in the waterproof-breathable coating.  If one is not available, use a very mild powdered detergent, and use it sparingly. Powdered detergents rinse more throughly than liquid detergents.  Gently rinse your garment, preferably twice.  If you must use a grocery-store brand, we recommend Dreft detergent, used sparingly.
  • LINE-DRY your garment until it is completely dry.  Do not hang it over a heat source, which can damage the fabric and the coatings.
  • If you want to restore DWR and did not a wash-in type, you may apply a spray-pn DWR restorer after washing.

We Offer Nikwax products alongside our great selection of premium outerwear.

Nikwax Tech Wash, a non-detergent cleanser for most outerwear

Nikwax Down Wash, a non-detergent cleanser for outerwear and mid layers insulated with down.

Nikwax TX Direct, Wash-in or Spray-on.

 

Can’t Get Enough of Shep’s? Join Our Team!

Shepherd & Schaller is Wausau’s Outdoor Store. Serving central Wisconsin since 1949, we proudly offer the finest ski, bike, camping, water sports and paddling equipment, active apparel, and footwear in the region. We’re all about the experience, ours and yours. We’re tuned-in and turned-on by an active outdoor lifestyle, year-round.

Do you walk the talk? We’re always looking for the right people-person. Dependable, friendly, outgoing, detail oriented, energetic, supportive and a self-starter. You work as hard as you play. If you can see the big picture to provide support and solutions to our customers and teammates in a fast-paced, multi-faceted environment, we should talk.

Spend your free time on the trails or the water? Pour over ski equipment blogs? Love sharing your passion?  Our teammates are the face of our business, providing expert and enthusiastic advice to guide people to products that meet their goals. Are you willing to support back-shop functions and love learning?  That’s what it takes, because this is no big box shopping experience.

Work-life balance. The outdoor industry wrote the book.  Ski before work? Of course!  Commute by bike? We encourage it.  Coach the team? We love it!  We’re all this this together, so your new ideas are welcome. Suggest a new product, tell us about a favorite place to play or a club that you support, develop a better system, create and contribute.  We enjoy industry perks like product demos and pro pricing on the coolest gear for outdoor enthusiasts and we’re proud to offer brands that support Fair Trade, use recycled and organic materials and give back in exciting ways. The local events we host and support make a difference in our community and most importantly the customers we serve are our friends. To us, “It’s personal.”

We offer daytime, evening and weekend shifts, but not late nights.  You’ll have time to play, for classes and for family. Though we’re flexible about scheduling and will work around your other obligations, you can expect to work key time frames including the holiday shopping season and ski season event weekends. Lifting and carrying up to 30 lbs. is required. Couch potatoes need not apply.

Tell us about your passions.  Drop a note, send a video or stop by for a visit. There’s room to grow with us to create a satisfying career here in Downtown Wausau, WI.

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Required:

Outstanding Customer Service Skills
Professional Written and Verbal Communications Skills
Computer and Math Skills
Retail Sales Experience
Outdoor Sports and Recreation Experience

Preferred:

Sports specific retail experience
Ski, bike, camping, water sports experience

Required education:

High school diploma or equivalent

Treasure Hunter’s Sale is Nov 17-20, 2016 at Shepherd & Schaller

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It’s hunting season and Shepherd & Schaller is making it fun for everyone.  Shop during our Treasure Hunter’s Sale Nov 17-20 for discounts and prizes that will be easy to find.
Peruse our clothing and footwear departments for items tagged with a special Orange Deep Discount sticker! “Shoot” a photo in-store with your “trophy” and post it to get $5 in ShepsBucks to use during your next visit.
We’ve even hidden some exciting prizes in the ski department for you to stalk and savvy hunters will go home with great treasures from our downtown neighbors in Wausau’s River District too!

Your Purchase Makes a Difference When You Shop at Shepherd & Schaller

Shop with us and your purchase does more.  Since 1949 Shepherd & Schaller has supported the greater Wausau area by contributing time, talent, dollars and merchandise to organizations that make our community a wonderful place to live.  You’ve likely been touched by these organizations, or know someone who has.  To name just a few groups we’ve been involved with:

  • Wausau Rotary Club, Wausau Kiwanis, Wausau Lions, Downtown Wausau Action Council, River District Wausau, Main Street Wausau, Central Wausau Progress, Wausau Area Chamber of Commerce, Wausau Board of Education, Grand Theater Foundation, The Women’s Community, Blessings in a Backpack, Festival of Trees supporting Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice, Ski for Youth, Granite Peak Ski Team, Granite Peak Ski Patrol, Rib Mountain Ski Club, Wausau Nordic Ski Club and countless schools, teams and youth programs.

But you can feel good about your purchase at Shep’s for another reason too.  Many of the brands we stock feel the same way we do about corporate responsibility, recycling, treating people fairly and paying attention to the impact they make locally and globally.

7-26-16-b-d4g-520x520For example, our friends at Toad&Co make awesome clothing you love to live in and they’re thoughtful about the world we live in. Since 1997, every item of Toad&Co clothing sold contributes to creating opportunity for adults with disabilities. Their mission statement says it all: “Our Mission: To lead with integrity and weave optimism into everything we do; To create meaningful change through socially and environmentally smart business; To inspire people to live their fullest lives.”

400x225_fairtrade2Patagonia is a company famous for it’s environmental and social consciousness.  Their mission statement: “Build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.”   Visit their website to read about their efforts related to the supply chain, sourcing, Fair Trade and much more.

 

csr_comm_1Arc’teryx is a technical outerwear company known for it’s exquisite quality and craftsmanship. They too values long term thinking on environmental stewardship, responsible manufacturing, and community engagement.

 

 

screen-shot-2016-10-03-at-12-03-39-pmPrana is committed to Fair Trade and Sustainability practices that do no harm.  They have much to recommend if you are into being a Conscious Consumer.

Do you have what it takes?

Image 1Shepherd & Schaller is Wausau’s Outdoor Store. With 67 years serving our community, we proudly offer the finest active apparel, footwear and outdoor sports equipment in the region. We’re all about the experience – the customer’s and our employee’s. And we’re growing!

Do you have what it takes? If you’re a people-person read on! You could be a great fit for our team if you’re friendly, creative, detail oriented, energetic, supportive and honest. Can you see the big picture to provide support and solutions to our guests and teammates? You’re the face of our business, providing expert and enthusiastic product advice, merchandise and general support to ensure an outstanding shopping experience. You’re prepared to talk with our retail customers, develop a relationship with them and sell our products. You’ll support the events we host and participate in.  You work as hard as you play.  This is no big box shopping experience.

We are flexible about scheduling and can work around your other obligations, but you can expect to spend nights, weekends and key shopping periods helping our customers. Lifting and carrying up to 30 lbs. is required.

We offer the coolest gear for outdoor enthusiasts, the manufacturers we work with believe in the things that matter, the events we host and support make a difference in our community and most importantly the customers we serve are our friends. As Tom Hanks says in the film ‘You’ve Got Mail,’ to us “It’s personal.”

You ski, bike, love the outdoors? You love fashion? Even better. Tell us about it. Send your resume to info@shepssport.com.

 

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