Can You Tumble Dry A Rab Coat? (it’ll do this)
The manufacturers of Rab coats actually recommend that they are dried in a tumble dryer on a delicate/ low heat setting. They say it will help to reactivate the Durable Water Repellent coating (DWR) if you tumble dry your Rab coat for 20-30 minutes.
They also say that Rab coats should be dried in a tumble dryer on a delicate/ low heat setting to finish drying them whether they have been hand washed or machine washed.
If you’re worried about your Rab coat losing its waterproofing there is a spray on DWR reproofer that can be purchased and applied to the coat. However, this is often not needed as a 30 minute session in the tumble dryer at low heat will usually do the trick.
All jackets and coats in the Rab range should be dried on low heat in a tumble dryer.
What The Tumble Dryer Symbols Mean On A Rab Coat
Rab coats and jackets can all be tumble dried using a delicate/low heat setting and will have the square with a white circle with one black dot in the circle which is the symbol for tumble drying on a low heat setting.
For your guidance, we have listed below all of the symbols you might find related to tumble drying on all garments.
Square With White Circle
This symbol indicates that the garment can be tumble dried.
Square With White Circle, One Black Dot In Circle
This symbol indicates that the garment can be dried in a tumble dryer on a low heat setting.
This will be the symbol that will be found in your Rab coat.
Square With White Circle, Two Black Dots In Circle
This symbol indicates that you can tumble dry your garment on a medium heat setting.
Square With White Circle, Three Black Dots In Circle
This symbol indicates that the garment can be dried in a tumble dryer on a high heat setting.
Square With Black Circle
This symbol indicates that the garment can be dried in a tumble dryer on a zero heat setting. This could be what is in your Rab coat, so you should check before attempting to tumble dry your Rab coat.
Square With White Circle And A Black X On Top
This symbol means Do Not Tumble Dry this garment.
How To Dry A Rab Coat Without A Tumble Dryer
Drying your Rab coat in a tumble dryer is the recommended way to dry it according to the manufacturer. If you don’t own a tumble dryer, it is possible to dry your Rab coat using one of the following methods.
However, it will take far longer to dry using these methods than it would in a tumble dryer.
Air Drying A Rab Coat
After washing your Rab coat you should gently squeeze it to remove as much water as possible. Don’t wring as this could damage the material. Your Rab coat should then be placed on a coat hanger and hooked on a clothesline or rotary line outdoors.
You can expect it to take at least 12 hours to fully dry. If it’s a down jacket it should be massaged every 30 minutes or so to prevent the feathers from clumping together.
Using A Retractable Line To Dry Your Rab Coat
A retractable line is a great space saving device for indoor clothes drying. It is basically a box that is mounted on the wall. Inside the box is an extendable nylon line that can be secured to an opposite wall.
The Rab coat can then be hung on the retractable line until it is dry. Then the line can be unsecured and allowed to retract into the wall box until it is needed again.
Air Drying Your Rab Coat Using An Airer
Once your Rab coat has been removed from the washing machine, you should gently squeeze it to remove as much water as possible. It should then be hung on a coat hanger and placed on an indoor airer.
This will take around 24-48 hours to dry (depending on which style Rab coat you own). You can shorten this drying time by standing the airer in front of a radiator set at a moderate temperature.
Drying Your Rab Coat On A Heated Airer
Using a heated airer to dry your Rab coat is exactly the same as using a standard airer except the airer is plugged into the electric socket and the bars heat up.
This means there is no need to stand the airer in front of a radiator to apply heat to quicken the drying process.
Using A Dehumidifier To Shorten Drying Times
Using a dehumidifier is a great way to decrease the amount of drying time needed to dry your Rab coat. Dehumidifiers remove moisture from the air which allows the Rab coat to exude more moisture at a faster rate.
Simply place the dehumidifier close to the Rab coat and remember to empty the dehumidifiers reservoir once it is full.
Using An Electric Fan To Help Dry Your Rab Coat
If you don’t have a dehumidifier, you could position an electric fan close to the Rab coat and simulate a gentle breeze to circulate air.
This method will work best if you leave a window open to allow airflow.
What Happens If You Tumble Dry A Rab Coat?
The manufacturers of Rab coats recommend tumble drying their coats to reactivate the Durable Water Repellent coating (DWR). This will take 20-30 minutes on a delicate/ low heat setting.
What Happens To Rab Coats If Subjected To High Heat In A Tumble Dryer?
It is perfectly fine to dry your Rab coat in a tumble dryer on a delicate/low heat setting. However, if you were to subject it to too much heat you could;
Damage The Outer Shell
On some designs, the outer shell protects the coat and its wearer from getting cold and wet. If the outer shell becomes damaged due to excessive heat in a tumble dryer, the coat will no longer be waterproofed and in some cases it will need to be thrown away.
Too much heat could cause your Rab coat to become misshapen and feel uncomfortable to wear.
The Seams Could Melt
The seams at the joints of your Rab coat could melt if they are subjected to too much heat. This could just make the coat no longer waterproof or it could allow the filling to fall out. Either way your Rab coat would have to be discarded.
Frequently Asked Questions
It is safe to put a Rab coat in a tumble dryer, in fact, it is recommended by the manufacturer. The dryer should be on a delicate/low setting and this will help to not only dry the Rab coat but also reactivate the Durable Water Repellent coating (DWR).
To dry your Rab coat without a tumble dryer you can; Use a clothesline outdoors (weather permitting), use a retractable clothesline indoors, use an airer or a heated airer. To speed up the process a dehumidifier should be placed in the same room to remove excess moisture.
To puff up a Rab coat after washing it, you should add a couple of tennis balls to the tumble dryer and tumble on a delicate/low heat setting for around 2 hours. Remove the Rab coat every 30 minutes and gently massage any clumps of feathers.
You can tumble dry a waterproof coat, it will help to reactivate the Durable Water Repellent (DWR) microfibres which help to keep the coat waterproof.
A Rab jacket should last you for many years if you look after it. It is true that down will degrade over time, but it will still keep you warm for many years. In fact Rab products come with a guarantee that covers the original owner for the usable lifetime of their product (proof of purchase is necessary).