HOW TO WASH AND REPROOF YOUR HELITE TOURING AIRBAG JACKET
Keeping your HELITE Touring / Adventure airbag jacket clean is best achieved by wiping down regularly. If you need to clean more thoroughly, we recommend washing and reproofing using NIKWAX TECHWASH and TX DIRECT.
Allow 10 minutes for airbag removal, 45 minutes for machine wash and then allow to dry naturally for 24 hours. Refitting the airbag system will take 15 minutes.
- 300ml NIKWAX TECHWASH / TX DIRECT PACK
- Old Towel
- Washing Machine
- Mobile Phone for photos
Clear a table in a well lit area and place an old towel over the top to prevent accidental scratching. Place your jacket facing you and working systematically, check and empty all pockets, including the interior and rear if applicable.
HOW TO REMOVE THE CANISTER
Locate the canister pocket, open and unthread the trigger pull. Unscrew the canister and set aside.
HOW TO REMOVE QUILTED LINER
Opening the jacket, unzip the quilted liner. Locate the 2 retaining buttons in each sleeve and release from elastics. Remove the quilted liner and set aside for washing separately.
HOW TO REMOVE AIRBAG
Place the jacket open facing you on the table with the hem nearest you. Locate and open the long zip that runs across the lower hem . Lifting the jacket liner will reveal the airbag system. If you can, ask a helper to hold the jacket liner open for you. Note the airbag is coloured GREEN on the side facing you, BLACK facing away. Take a moment to locate the two top short zips at the neck of the jacket. Take photos with your phone to show how the airbag is threaded through the back protector carrier. Take photos as you undo each colour coded short zip.
Thread the airbag through the back protector carrier, noting how it is fitted. Take photos as you go. Working anti clockwise from the bottom, locate and separate each velcro securing tabs. These are colour coded and support the airbag within the jacket outer. Take your time and be gentle, when all are located the airbag will come away from the outer. If it does not, likelihood is you have missed some. Note the position of the velcro tabs supporting the neck section of the airbag. Locate the velcro securing the trigger to the front of the jacket, carefully separate from the jacket outer. Take plenty of photos. Once free, remove and set the airbag system to one side. Arrange the airbag as though it was in the jacket, green side facing you, take a photo.
HOW TO REMOVE ARMOUR
Locate and remove the elbow and shoulder armour, noting the position and orientation.
The quilted liner has colour coded sleeve buttons and securing elastics to avoid twisting. Taking lots of photos will help you when it comes to putting the airbag back into the jacket. A helper is useful to support the jacket liner whilst you remove / replace the airbag system.
HOW TO WASH AND RE-PROOF
Place the jacket outer only in the washing machine. Following the instructions on the TECHWASH bottle, place the required amount of capfuls into the drum in place of detergent. Pour the correct amount of TX DIRECT into the fabric conditioner tray. Select 'WOOL WASH' or 'DELICATES' cycle on the washing machine and 30 degrees.
Put the kettle on, make a cup of refreshing tea :-)
Once the cycle is complete, hang the jacket to dry naturally. DO NOT TUMBLE DRY.
HOW TO REFIT JACKET AIRBAG
Put the kettle on. Review your photos and steps you took over a cup of tea :-). Relocate the armour in shoulders and elbows. Remind yourself of the airbag orientation. Clear a table and place the jacket on a towel to prevent scratching. Recruit a helper to hold the jacket inner open for you. Refit starting with the trigger mechanism, working your way around the velcro tabs clockwise. Complete with the two small zips at the top of the back protector. Remember that the airbag should not be twisted and GREEN side should be facing you. When all is in place, close the wide zip across the hem.
Refit the quilted liner if required. Refit the CO2 canister, and thread the trigger pull through the grommet. Close the zip into the canister pocket.