How to wash a running vest

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In this post, you will learn a quick and easy way to wash a running vest so that it will last for a long time.

Since hydration vests are usually used by long-distance trail runners, it doesn’t take long until the vest has sweat marks and a noticeable smell. My husband is an avid runner, so I had the opportunity to learn how to quickly and effectively clean a Salomon running vest.

Do’s and don’ts of washing a running vest

I will show you how I wash a running vest on a Salomon ADVANCED SKIN 12. If you have a different type of running vest, definitely check the instructions on the label. If there are similar to those mentioned below, you can surely follow this step by step guide.

Salomon ADVANCED SKIN running vest can be hand washed in cold water (30°C, 86°F), but you should not dry clean, bleach, tumble dry, or iron it (source). So let’s look at the step by step guide on how to wash a Salomon running vest.

How to wash a Salomon running vest

Step 1

Make sure to empty all pockets and shake out any loose dirt.

Step 2

Fill a bath (optionally a washbasin, or a bucket) with lukewarm water (1 inch is more than enough).

Step 3

Add laundry detergent and mix it in the water.

Step 4

Submerge the running vest under the water and rub and squeeze each part of the vest. Focus on the padded areas that might contain a lot of sweat and dirt inside. Also, wash the inside of the pockets, and don’t forget about the zippers! Sweat and dirt build-up might destroy the zippers over time. You can easily clean them by using a soft brush. If the water is very dirty, repeat steps 2-4..

Step 5

Rinse the vest under running water with a showerhead. After that, I usually rinse the vest one more time under running water from the bathtub faucet, squeezing it with both hands.

Step 6

Squeeze out excess water from the vest and let it air-dry on a hanger.

And that’s it.

Note: When I dry the vest indoors, it is dry and ready to use the next day.

Can you wash a running vest in the washing machine?

Even though washing machines have a “Hand wash” cycle, I would definitely not recommend washing a running vest in the washing machine since it has many straps that might tangle and break. Also, the washing machine might destroy, e.g., reflective elements. The handwashing takes me less than 10 minutes, so putting the vest in the washing machine is, in my opinion, really not worth the risk.

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