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    Is insultex washable

    Is insultex washable and if so what should the setting be and can I tumble dry?
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    It's hydrophobic, so really shouldn't need much drying.

    A dryer will melt Tyvek, and I suspect it would do the same to IX...ixnay on the dryer. A gentle wash cycle with cold water should be okay, though.
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    I would stick to hand washing as the scrim seems semi delicate, and hang dry. I was trying to crease it with an iron set as low as possible and it instantly melted, seems like Chickenwing also had a bad experience with IX and a dryer.
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    copied from an earlier post by gargoyle http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...d.php?t=29535:

    According to i.d.i. (the leader in insultex clothing), using Nik-wax Tech wash is recommended.
    http://www.idigear.com/aanikwash.php
    Being that insultex floats, I'd suggest the hand wash also. Hand wash all your gear really.

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    If it has a shell on it, it will hold up in a normal wash cycle, as well as the dryer on normal. The only problem is that the dryer will shrink it!!
    So hang dry it and you'll be golden.

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    ChickenWing posted not to put IX in the dryer as it has a low melting point. Another post by MacEntyre says the melting point is supposed to be 194*F so perhaps a low heat setting would be ok.

    I'd probably err on the safe side and air dry it (on a line or in the dryer without heat.) IX is closed cell foam so it isn't going to absorb much if any water and neither is a nylon shell so it should dry pretty easily without the need for heat.

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    I concur, IX with a nylon shell holds very little water. I was able to dry my TQ in front of a small campfire in a matter of minutes, just holding it there and turning it every minute or so, when the water got evaporated on that side.

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