This guide will help you identify some of the best ways to maintain your items including best practices for using, washing, and storing. Please note that the most accurate information for each individual product is always located on the label of the garment itself.
Always check the label of your garment to ensure you are following the recommended procedures.
After a ride, hang your items to ventilate. This will help prevent bacteria and odours from building up and reduce the chances of damaging the material. If the item is very dirty, we recommend rinsing it as soon as possible to avoid stains. Before washing check that all pockets are empty, then close all zips, velcro, and fastenings. Turn bibs and jerseys inside out.
Fill your washing machine to its recommended capacity. Over or under-filling the machine will make the wash less efficient. Using a zero MicroWaste washing bag (such as a Guppyfriend) may help minimise microfiber shedding from the fabrics.
Wash items with similar colours to reduce the risk of colour transfer. Wash items with the coolest water possible. Washing clothes at 30°C rather than higher temperatures will save around 40% of the energy used each year. Choosing a short spin cycle will further reduce water and energy consumption, whilst cleaning your clothes sufficiently.
Take extra care with cotton and wool products. Spot treat any stains before washing in cold or lukewarm water.
Air dry items when possible. Most items can be hung to dry. This helps them maintain their shape, makes them last longer, and saves energy compared to using a dryer.
Wool items should dry flat on a surface. To reduce pilling, use a clothing brush or fabric shaver.
When putting on jerseys with silicone gripper sleeves, fold the ends of the sleeves to face outwards before putting your arms through. Once the sleeves are fully on your arms, fold the grippers back on to your arms to secure in place. This technique also applies to bibs.
We recommend pulling jerseys on to your arms by moving the sleeve up your arm with short gentle movements near the end of the sleeve. We do not recommend pulling from the chest or shoulder area. This also applies to bibs.
Do not pull bib straps over shoulders before they are fully in place on your legs.
Ensure you utilise the guarded zip ends on your jersey as this help prevent irritation and possible damage of your clothing.
Do not overfill jersey pockets.
We advise against using bibs and jerseys without washing them between rides.
We advise against mixing light and dark colours when washing.
We advise against using bleach on our items.
We advise against using fabric softeners.
We advise against ironing with hot temperatures.
This information is a guide to caring for your item. Please follow the guidance on the label. Many items can be cared for in the following way:
Gentle machine wash at 30°C
Use non-bio detergent
Do not bleach
Please read the list of exceptions below for more information about items with special care requirements.
Gentle machine wash at 40°C. Do not bleach. Hang to dry. Do not iron.
Caps (Balance, Off Race, and Cycling)
Gently hand wash at 30°C. Use non-bio detergent. Do not bleach. Air dry. Do not iron.
Products Containing Wool (Merino and Off Race Socks; Mid, Heavy & Off-Race Base Layers)
Gently machine wash at 30°C. Use non-bio detergent. Do not bleach. Air dry flat. Iron low.
Wipe clean. If necessary, soak in cool soapy water. Do not bleach. Air dry.
Dishwasher safe. Rinse well. Air dry.
Gentle machine wash at 30°C. Use non-bio detergent. Do not bleach. Air dry flat. Do not iron decal.
Sweet Protection Helmets
Gently hand wash at 30°C. Use mild soap. Do not bleach. Air dry.
Using a damp and soft cloth to wipe down the nylon. For oil stains, apply some dishwashing liquid before wiping the area and cleaning with a damp, soft cloth. Always remember to wipe the spots with a dry cloth as the last step. Do not use washing machines or large amounts of water to wash. Air dry. Do not dry clean. Do not bleach. Do not iron.
Descente Casual Apparel
Hand wash cold. Do not bleach. Line dry in the shade. Do not dry clean. Do not iron. For down jackets, turn the jacket inside out, open the armpit zippers to let water go through smoothly, and close front zipper.
We encourage you to use your items for as long as possible. They are designed to last and have been rigorously tested to ensure they live up to our high standards. We understand that currently, many of our products can not easily be recycled. We are already looking into ways in which we can incorporate circular-economy principles into our products, such as using mono-materials, improving repairability, and looking into alternative business models.
If you decide you no longer have use for your products, we encourage you to consider your options to avoid disposal. This will ensure the value within the product is retained as much as possible, and can be done through repairing, swapping, donating, or repurposing. These actions can extend the life of the item and reduce your environmental impact.
Recycling your used items can be done at many locations. Below are several links to organisations who aim to make recycling more accessible:
There are also organisations working to collect clothing in stores. These organisations can be found here.